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9 tips to give yourself the best shot at sticking to new year's resolutions

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For many cultures, the dawn of the new year is marked not only with celebration, but also the opportunity for personal reflection and growth.

But as the year progresses, our initial drive for self-betterment can falter.


Originally published in The Conversation.

3 fallacies that blighted this year's COVID commentary — have you fallen foul of any of them?

Throughout the pandemic we have seen a deluge of outright lies, conspiracy theories and pseudoscience from various peddlers of self-interest.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The less equal we become, the less we trust science, and that's a problem

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In mid November, South Dakota emergency room nurse Jodi Doering tweeted her experience of caring for dying patients.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Quantum philosophy: 4 ways physics will challenge your reality

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Imagine opening the weekend paper and looking through the puzzle pages for the Sudoku. You spend your morning working through this logic puzzle, only to realise by the last few squares there’s no consistent way to finish it.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Silence please! Why radio astronomers need things quiet in the middle of a WA desert

Panorama of the spectacular night sky over some of the ASKAP antennas at the MRO.


Originally published in The Conversation.

#IStandWithDan, #DictatorDan, #DanLiedPeopleDied: 397,000 tweets reveal the culprits behind a dangerously polarised debate

The Victorian government’s handling of the state’s second coronavirus wave attracted massive Twitter attention, both in support of and against the state’s premier Daniel Andrews.

Our research, published in the journal Media International Australia reveals much of this attention was driven by a small, hyper-partisan core of highly active participants.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The world's oldest story? Astronomers say global myths about 'seven sisters' stars may reach back 100,000 years

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In the northern sky in December is a beautiful cluster of stars known as the Pleiades, or the “seven sisters”.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How to get people from Earth to Mars and safely back again

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There are many things humanity must overcome before any return journey to Mars is launched.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Not just complacency: why people are reluctant to use COVID-19 contact-tracing apps

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This week’s announcement of two new COVID-19 vaccine pre-purchase deals is encouraging, but doesn’t mean Ne


Originally published in The Conversation.