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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.

Did ancient Americans settle in Polynesia? The evidence doesn't stack up

Andres Moreno-Estrada

How did the Polynesian peoples come to live on the far-flung islands of the Pacific? The question has intrigued researchers for centuries.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Howzat! We can all learn from elite batsmen, and not just about cricket

While many people may enjoy a game of backyard cricket, only a few go on to become elite professional batsmen in Australia.

Cricket batting is example of what human skills can achieve. The fastest bowling delivery speeds can exceed 150km/h. That leaves a batsman with less than half a second to react.

And to complicate the challenge even further, the environment and pitch they play on can change the trajectory of the delivery every time.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Large-scale facial recognition is incompatible with a free society

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In the US, tireless opposition to state use of facial recognition algorithms has recently won some victories.


Originally published in The Conversation.

'Living fossils': we mapped half a billion years of horseshoe crabs to save them from blood harvests

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If you ventured to the New York seaside in summer, you might see a large dome-shaped animal with a spiky tail, slowly moving towards the water. These are horseshoe crabs – the animals time forgot.


Originally published in The Conversation.

China could be using TikTok to spy on Australians, but banning it isn’t a simple fix

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In an age of isolation, video sharing platform TikTok has emerged as a bonding force for many.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Revealed: the Sun's secret plan to become a lithium factory

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Lithium is used in everything from medication to mobile phone batteries, but where does it come from?


Originally published in The Conversation.

$2.5 billion lost over a decade: 'Nigerian princes' lose their sheen, but scams are on the rise

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Last year, Australians reported more than A$634 million lost to fraud, a significant jump from $489.7 million the year before.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why outer space matters in a post-pandemic world

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With all of the immense challenges we face on Earth this year, space can feel like an afterthought.


Originally published in The Conversation.