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'War in space' would be a catastrophe. A return to rules-based cooperation is the only way to keep space peaceful

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In 2019, US President Donald Trump declared “space is the new war-fighting domain”.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: could dinosaurs evolve back into existence?

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Will there ever be dinosaurs again? — Anonymous


Originally published in The Conversation.

Ancient Earth had a thick, toxic atmosphere like Venus – until it cooled off and became liveable

Tobias Stierli / NCCR PlanetS, Author provided

Earth is the only planet we know contains life. Is our planet special?


Originally published in The Conversation.

‘Rules as Code’ will let computers apply laws and regulations. But over-rigid interpretations would undermine our freedoms

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Can computers read and apply legal rules? It’s an idea that’s gaining momentum, as it promises to make laws more accessible to the public and easier to follow. But it raises a host of legal, technical and ethical questions.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The Queens(land) gambit: a brief history of chess in Australia

The new Netflix miniseries The Queen’s Gambit has received rave reviews around the world. Surprisingly for a chess-themed show, it received a warm reception by the global chess community, which is usually highly critical of portrayals of tournament chess in film.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Forensic linguists can make or break a court case. So who are they and what do they do?

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If you’re an avid viewer of crime shows, you’ve probably come across cases in which an expert, often a psychologist, is called in to help solve a crime using their language analysis skills.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Ancient sponges or just algae? New research overturns chemical evidence for the earliest animals

Ilya Bobrovskiy, Author provided

Sponges are the simplest of animals, and they may stand at the root of all complex animal life on Earth, including us humans.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Prosecuting within complex criminal networks is hard. Data analysis could save the courts precious time and money

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It’s no secret the trail of data we leave online can reveal intimate details about our lives.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Face masks cut disease spread in the lab, but have less impact in the community. We need to know why

In controlled laboratory situations, face masks appear to do a good job of reducing the spread of coronavirus (at least in hamsters) and other respiratory viruses. However, evidence shows mask-wearing policies seem to have had much less impact on the community spread of COVID-19.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The war between Xbox and Playstation is no longer about consoles. It's about winning your loyalty

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In the latest salvo of an almost two-decade console war between Microsoft and Sony, both Sony’s Playstation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series S/X were launched last week.


Originally published in The Conversation.