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Automated vehicles may encourage a new breed of distracted drivers

Driving conditions that don’t require frequent use of vehicle controls, but do require constant vigilance for hazards, can reduce driver alertness Shutterstock

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Originally published in The Conversation.

It's better light, not worse behaviour, that explains crimes on a full moon

When people know it's a full moon, they tend to use it to explain all sorts of human behaviour. Todd Diemer/Unsplash, CC BY

It’s a full Moon on September 25.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Stay alive, and if something moves, shoot it: one year of phenomenal success for Fortnite

Call that a weapon? Playing Fortnite, a web-based multiplayer survival game. Shutterstock/Lenscap Photography

The online videogame Fortnite Battle Royale was launched just a year ago in September 2017.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Is it time for Australia to be more open about research involving animals?

Most people never have the chance to see how animals live in laboratories. from www.shutterstock.com

The use of animals in scientific research is a complex ethical issue, and t


Originally published in The Conversation.

What makes you a man or a woman? Geneticist Jenny Graves explains

It's just a tiny part of the Y chromosome that kickstarts the development of testes.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Aboriginal people lived in Australia's desert interior 50,000 years ago, earlier than first thought

Karnatukul during excavation in 2014, note the square holes dug below the rock walls.. Peter Veth, Author provided

New evidence shows that people have lived inland in Western Australia for more than 50,000 years.


Originally published in The Conversation.

'Walking into a headwind' – what it feels like for women building science careers

The culture of science is premised on the idea that there are no barriers; that everybody is treated equally as long as they put in the effort. from www.shutterstock.com

Australia’s parliament has a problem The Conversation.

It's teamwork: how dolphins learn to work together for rewards

Two bottlenose dolphins (_Tursiops truncatus_) cooperate in a button-pressing task requiring precise behavioural synchronization. Dolphin Research Center, Author provided

Cooperation can be found across the animal kingdom, in behaviours such as The Conversation.

Do you 'zombie check' your phone? How new tools can help you control technology over-use

Do you pull out your phone the instance you're bored? You're a zombie checker.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How understanding animal behaviour can liberate us from gender inequality

On average, women tend to behave more submissively than men. Tam Wai/Unsplash, CC BY

Gender inequality is very real in 2018.


Originally published in The Conversation.