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Social media has huge problems with free speech and moderation. Could decentralised platforms fix this?

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Over the past few months, Twitter took down the account of the then-President of the United States and Facebook temporarily stopped users from sharing Australian media content.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Shape-shifting robots in the wild: the DyRET robot can rearrange its body to walk in new environments

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Imagine running on a cement footpath, and then suddenly through dry sand. Just to keep upright, you would have to slow down and change the way you run.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How young LGBTQIA+ people used social media to thrive during COVID lockdowns

During COVID-19 lockdowns, a major concern for LGBTIQ+ communities, mental health professionals and academics was that young lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and questioning, intersex and asexual+ people may suffer from being stuck in transphobic, biphobic or homophobic households.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We’ve designed a safe 'virtual' epidemic. Spreading it is going to help us learn about COVID

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One of the biggest challenges in managing the coronavirus pandemic has been a lack of real-time information about the virus’s spread.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Security flaws in Microsoft email software raise questions over Australia's cybersecurity approach

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On March 2, 2021, Microsoft published information about four critical vulnerabilities in its widely used Exchange email server software


Originally published in The Conversation.

Chief Scientist: science will drive a post-pandemic manufacturing boom

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It’s early days in my tenure as Australia’s Chief Scientist but I have already been struck by


Originally published in The Conversation.

Screwed over: how Apple and others are making it impossible to get a cheap and easy phone repair

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If Apple and other tech companies have their way, it will only become harder to have our phones and other devices repaired by third-party businesses.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Making a megalodon: the evolving science behind estimating the size of the largest ever killer shark

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The giant prehistoric Carcharocles megalodon (or Otodus megalodon for some researchers) was the largest predatory shark t


Originally published in The Conversation.

New evidence shows half of Australians have ditched social media at some point, but millennials lag behind

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A recent nationally representative survey has shown Australians are willing and able to pull the plug on social media.


Originally published in The Conversation.

It's not just doorways that make us forget what we came for in the next room

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Imagine you’re in the middle of watching a riveting episode of your favourite TV show. You decide the situation calls for popcorn, so you get up and head to the kitchen.


Originally published in The Conversation.