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Curious Kids: why can't humans grow wings?

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Why can’t humans grow wings? Christina, age 9, Beijing, China.


Originally published in The Conversation.

People are using artificial intelligence to help sort out their divorce. Would you?

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An online app called Amica is now using artificial intelligence to help separating couples make parenting arrangements and divide their assets.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australian cities are quiet during lockdown. Earthquake scientists are making the most of it

Our responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have dramatically changed human activity all over the world. People are working from home, schools are closed in many places, travel is restricted, and in some cases only essential shops and businesses are open.

Scientists see signs of these changes wherever they look. Carbon dioxide emissions are down, air quality has improved, and there is less traffic.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The Twitter hack targeted the rich and famous. But we all lose if trusted accounts can be hijacked

The list of US figures whose Twitter accounts were hijacked by scammers on Wednesday US time reads like a Who’s Who of the tech and celebrity worlds: Tesla boss Elon Musk, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, former president Barack Obama, current Democratic nominee Joe Biden, celebrities Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, billionaires Warren Buffett and Mike Bloomberg, the corporate accounts of Apple and Uber, and more besides.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We could lose $30 billion in weeks from cyberwar. But the real loss is the erosion of public trust

The Australian Cyber Security Growth Network (AustCyber) on Monday released a report modelling the potential impact of cyberattacks and sustained digital outages on Australia.

The Digital Trust Report’s modelling suggests four weeks of partial “digital disruption” could displace up to 163,000 jobs and damage the economy to the tune of A$30 billion.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Ultraviolet radiation is a strong disinfectant. It may be what our schools, hospitals and airports need

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You may remember when US President Donald Trump suggested exposing coronavirus patients to UV (ultraviolet) light – or “just very powerful light” – to help treat them.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Our cybersecurity isn't just under attack from foreign states. There are holes in the government's approach

Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed last month Australia is actively being attacked by hostile foreign governments.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Parler: what you need to know about the 'free speech' Twitter alternative

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Amid claims of social media platforms stifling free speech, a new challenger called Parler is The Conversation.