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Gun-toting robo-dogs look like a dystopian nightmare. That's why they offer a powerful moral lesson

Sam Baron, Author provided

US-based military robot manufacturer Ghost Robotics has strapped a


Originally published in The Conversation.

Is it even possible to regulate Facebook effectively? Time and again, attempts have led to the same outcome

Matt Rourke/AP

The Australian government’s recent warning to Facebook over misinformation is just the latest


Originally published in The Conversation.

Caring or killing: harmful gender stereotypes kick in early — and may be keeping girls away from STEM

Patricia Prudente / Unsplash, CC BY-SA

Gender stereotypes begin in early childhood.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Sex, drugs and TikTok: keeping young people safe needs a mature response, not a moral panic

You may have read recently that TikTok allegedly “serves up” sex and drug videos to minors. Media reports have described the video-sharing platform, which is designed predominantly for young people, as an “addiction machine” that promotes harmful content.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A distant dead star shows a glimpse of our Solar System's future

Artist's rendition of the Jupiter-like planet and its white dwarf star W. M. Keck Observatory/Adam Makarenko

The golden age of discovery of planets around other stars (known as exoplanets) began in 1995.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Humans are driving animals and plants to the edge. But are we really heading into a mass extinction?

Shutterstock/Nick Greaves

It is now common to refer to the current biodiversity crisis as the sixth mass extinction. But is this true?


Originally published in The Conversation.

'Empathy machine' or false hope? How virtual reality is being used to try to stop domestic violence

Valentin Flauraud/ EPA/AAP

The French government has just announced a trial using virtual reality to try to prevent domesti


Originally published in The Conversation.

Deciphering the Philosophers' Stone: how we cracked a 400-year-old alchemical cipher

What secret alchemical knowledge could be so important it required sophisticated encryption?

The setting was Amsterdam, 2019. A conference organised by the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry had just concluded at the Embassy of the Free Mind, in a lecture hall opened by historical-fiction author Dan Brown.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We found a mysterious flashing radio signal from near the centre of the galaxy

Sebastian Zentilomo/University of Sydney, Author provided

In early 2020, we detected an unusual radio signal coming from somewhere near the centre of our galaxy.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Artificial intelligence is now part of our everyday lives – and its growing power is a double-edged sword

AI-generated images of "a stained glass window with an image of a blue strawberry". OpenAI

A major new report on the state of artificial intelligence (AI) has just been The Conversation.