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Forecasting space weather is hard. A new Australian satellite may help make it easier

The CUAVA-1 satellite departs from the International Space Station. JAXA

The Australian-made space weather satellite CUAVA-1 was deployed into orbit from the International Space Station on Wednesday night.

Originally published in The Conversation.

We created a microscope slide that could improve cancer diagnosis, by revealing the 'colour' of cancer cells

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When we look at biological cells under a microscope, they’re usually not very colourful. Normally, to visualise them we have to artificially add colour — typically by staining.

Originally published in The Conversation.

How do you feel? Your 'sense of touch' is several different senses rolled into one

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We have more than five senses.

Originally published in The Conversation.

How fussy eating and changing environments led to the diversity of sharks today (and spelled the end for megalodon)

Artwork by José Vitor Silva, Author provided

Before humans and early primates, before dinosaurs, and even before trees, there were sharks.

Originally published in The Conversation.

What caused the unprecedented Facebook outage? The few clues point to a problem from within


Suddenly and inexplicably, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and Oculus services were gone. And it was no local disturbance.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Russia is building its own kind of sovereign internet — with help from Apple and Google

On September 17, the first day of Russia’s parliamentary elections, Apple and Google agreed to demands from the Russian government to remove a strategic voting app developed by opposition leader Alexei Navalny from the iOS and Android app stores.

Apple then disabled its Private Relay feature (which enhances web browsing privacy) for users in Russia. Google also removed YouTube videos giving advice on how to vote strategically in the elections.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Privatising the sky: drone delivery promises comfort and speed, but at a cost to workers and communities


Drone delivery company Wing recently celebrated 100,000 deliveries with an unusual burs

Originally published in The Conversation.

Facebook ads have enabled discrimination based on gender, race and age. We need to know how ‘dark ads’ affect Australians

Social media platforms are transforming how online advertising works and, in turn, raising concerns about new forms of discrimination and predatory marketing.

Today the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision Making and Society (ADM+S) — a multi-university entity led by RMIT — launched the Australian Ad Observatory. This research project will explore how platforms target Australian users with ads.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Tornado rips through western NSW — what are tornadoes and what do we need to know?

A tornado has swept through central western New South Wales, with the Bureau of Meteorology reporting damage to houses, powerlines and trees around the Clear Creek area, north-east of Bathurst.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Australia's competition watchdog says Google has a monopoly on online advertising — but how does it work?

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In the pre-digital world, advertising was largely carried by print media, radio and television.

Originally published in The Conversation.