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Becoming more like WhatsApp won't solve Facebook’s woes – here's why

Although WhatsApp is described as en encrypted messaging service, it's not as secure as you might think.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Careful how you treat today's AI: it might take revenge in the future

We might not like the way future AI responds to us. Shutterstock/Mykola Holyutyak

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are becoming more like us.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Privacy pivot: Facebook wants to be more like WhatsApp. But details are scarce

From town square to private connections: is that Facebook of the future? Shutterstock/klevo

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg The Conversation.

The internet is now an arena for conflict, and we're all caught up in it

There is a vast infrastructure of digital tools that can be used to strategically manipulate behaviour for tactical gain. Shutterstock

This article is part of our occasional long read series The Conversation.

Hydrogen fuels rockets, but what about power for daily life? We're getting closer

NASA has launched all of its space shuttle missions using hydrogen as fuel.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How birds become male or female, and occasionally both

The highly unusual “semi-identical” Australian twins reported last week are the result of a rare event. It’s thought the brother and sister (who have identical genes from their mother but not their father) developed from an egg fertilised by two different sperm at the same moment.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Welcome Asterix, Obelix and Yoda! Finding fun in the serious matter of discovering insects

Do these look like Gauls to you? Three of the 103 new weevils identified in Indonesia were named after characters Asterix, Obelix and Idefix.


Originally published in The Conversation.

My CV is gender biased. Here's what I plan to do about it

Most of us make daily decisions about who we choose to work and collaborate with. So what if we used that to improve professional diversity?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Women in STEM need your support – and Australia needs women in STEM

Only two women are in this photo from the 2018 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science award night: Minister Karen Andrews, and 2018 Life Scientist awardee Lee Burger.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Remember Blockbuster, Nirvana and pagers? The new Captain Marvel lives in the 1990s

Captain Marvel has fun taking us back to the 1990s. Marvel Studios

Captain Marvel flies into movie theatres from today, and apart from introducing a great new hero who combines the righteousness of Captain America and the hum


Originally published in The Conversation.