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GM crops: to ban or not to ban? That's not the question

The South Australian government recently announced its intention to lift the long-standing statewide moratorium on genetically modified (GM) crops, following a statutory six-week consultation period.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A Hippocratic Oath for data science? We’ll settle for a little more data literacy

Bias in, bias out: many algorithms have inherent design problems. Vintage Tone/Shutterstock

I swear by Hypatia, by Lovelace, by Turing, by Fisher (and/or Bayes), and by all the statisticians and data scientists, making them my witnesses, that I will carry ou


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: how was maths discovered? Who made up the numbers and rules?

There are so many number systems! The ones you know now were developed over centuries but we are still making up more now.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We built a network of greenhouses and rain shelters to simulate what climate change will do to soils

Mimicking the future. Joe Fontaine, Author provided

As most of the science community knows, the climate emergency is here now.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why do different cultures see such similar meanings in the constellations?

The Milky Way: a pattern of stars, or a pattern of gaps? Luke Busellato/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

Almost every person t


Originally published in The Conversation.

Logged out: farmers in Far North Queensland are being left behind by the digital economy

Connecting with the digital economy is a trickier prospect out here. NGRMG, Author provided

Farming families and communities in Queensland’s remote north are being left behind by the digital economy, putting them at significant social and econ


Originally published in The Conversation.

How ancient seafarers and their dogs helped a humble louse conquer the world

Male (left) and female Heterodoxus spiniger from Borneo. Natural History Museum, London, Author provided

This is the story of how a parasitic, skin-chewing insect came to conquer the world.


Originally published in The Conversation.

New research shows that Antarctica's largest floating ice shelf is highly sensitive to warming of the ocean

Since the last ice age, the ice sheet retreated over a thousand kilometres in the Ross Sea region, more than any other region on the continent. Rich Jones, CC BY-ND

Scientists have long been con


Originally published in The Conversation.

Eye-opening discovery: 54 million year old fossil flies yield new insight into the evolution of sight

Eyes surprise: fossil eyes from a 54 million year old cranefly. Lindgren et al./Nature

Fossilised flies that lived 54 million years ago have revealed a surprising twist to the tale of how insects’ eyes evolved.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Regulating Facebook, Google and Amazon is hard given their bewildering complexity

Governments are attempting to regulate tech giants, but the digital disruption genie is already out of the bottle. Shutterstock

Back in the 1990s – a lifetime ago


Originally published in The Conversation.