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Why autonomous vehicles won't reduce our dependence on cars in cities

Australians have a phobia of sitting in traffic and not finding a car park. Shutterstock

The technology of autonomous vehicles (AVs) is progressing rapidly, but have we really thought through how they’ll work in reality?

Originally published in The Conversation.

New detections of gravitational waves brings the number to 11 – so far

Ripples in space-time caused by massive events such this artist rendition of a pair of merging neutron stars. Carl Knox, OzGrav, Author provided

Four new detections of gravitational waves have been announced at the The Conversation.

Curious Kids: What existed before the Big Bang? Did something have to be there to go boom?

The South Pole Telescope and BICEP telescopes (pictured above) may discover clues that could teach us if there was something else 'before' the Big Bang. Dr.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Yes, you can adopt a pet as a Christmas gift – so long as you do it correctly

Beagle X puppies adopted from RSPCA ACT in 2017. Alison Maddalena/RSPCA ACT, Author provided

Have you thought about adopting a new pet for Christmas?

Originally published in The Conversation.

Stone tools date early humans in North Africa to 2.4 million years ago

Archaeological excavation at Ain Boucherit, Algeria. Mathieu Duval, Author provided

When did early humans first arrive in the Mediterranean area?

Originally published in The Conversation.

X-rays of rocks show their super-fluid past, and reveal mineral deposits vital for batteries

The green blob is metal-rich molten sulfide in an ore from the Norilsk area in Siberia, the most valuable accumulation of metals of any kind on the planet.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Digital assistants like Alexa and Siri might not be offering you the best deals

While personal digital assistants might be helpful, that help is likely to be limited. Shutterstock

Your home digital assistant is always listening. But is it always offering you the best content, the cheapest deals, and the right search results?

Originally published in The Conversation.

We made deceptive robots to see why fake news spreads, and found a weakness

You can help stop the spread of 'fake news' online. Shutterstock/panuwat phimpha

Only a small amount of fake news is needed to disrupt any debate or discussion on an issue, according to research published today in The Conversation.

Tension as scientist at centre of CRISPR outrage speaks at genome editing summit

Jiankui He claims he has used CRISPR to edit the genomes of twin girls.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Computing faces an energy crunch unless new technologies are found

The tools on our smartphones are enabled by a huge network of mobile phone towers, Wi-Fi networks and server farms. Shutterstock

There’s little doubt the information technology revolution has improved our lives.

Originally published in The Conversation.