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Close up: the government's facial recognition plan could reveal more than just your identity

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A Bill to set up the federal government’s biometric identity system is currently going through Parliament. But there are concerns over just how much information the system would be allowed to gather, and how that might be used to establish more than just the identity of a person.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How landline phones made us happy and connected

Phone calls create an opportunity for genuine exchange that written communication lacks. The Conversation.

Mobile World Congress 2018: 3D selfies, super slo mo video and 4G for the moon

The biggest mobile showcase of the year – the Mobile World Congress (MWC) – wrapped up in Barcelona yesterday, where some 2,300 exhibitors revealed their latest products and technologies.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Yes the 'cheerleader effect' is real – and you can make it work in your favour

Harsh truth: you probably look more attractive in a group than on your own.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why Barbra Streisand's cloned dogs aren't identical to the original pet

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could bring back a deceased loved one? Such ideas used to be pure science fiction, but recent advances in biotechnology seem to have brought this possibility within reach (at least for the wealthy).


Originally published in The Conversation.

AI can now create fake porn, making revenge porn even more complicated

AI-generated pornography – known as "deepfakes" – is becoming more convincing, seamless and real. Shutterstock

In January this year, a new app was released that


Originally published in The Conversation.

Signal detected from the first stars in the universe, with a hint that dark matter was involved

An artist's rendering of how the first stars in the universe may have looked.
N.R. Fuller, National Science Foundation

A signal caused by the very first stars to form in the universe has been picked up by a tiny but highly specialised radio telescope in the remote Western Australian desert.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How art merges with maths to explore continuity, change and exotic states

The adaptable form of pleated and folded textiles provides a real world view of the mathematical field of topology.


Originally published in The Conversation.

NBN faces irrelevance in cities as competitors build faster, cheaper alternatives

Malcolm Turnbull is now connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN) at his Point Piper home on a 100 megabits per second (Mbps) plan, it was revealed in Senate Estimates yesterday. But only because his department intervened to avoid delays affecting other customers.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Bringing pleasure into the discussion about sexting among teens

New research estimates that one in seven teens send sexts and one in four receive them Shutterstock

New research on sexting published today in The Conversation.