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Stellar secrets of a distant galaxy suggest our Milky Way isn't so special after all

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It’s no surprise the Milky Way is the most-studied galaxy in the universe, given it’s where we live.

But studying just one galaxy can only tell us so much about the complex processes by which galaxies form and evolve.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Social media platforms are complicit in censoring Palestinian voices

As the Israel-Palestine ceasefire agreement holds, social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram (which is owned by Facebook), continue to come under fire over the censorship of pro-Palestinian content.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Vaping and e-cigarettes are glamourised on social media, putting young people in harm's way

Despite their widespread reputation as a “safer” alternative to cigarettes, e-cigarettes (also known as electronic cigarettes or vapes) are far from harmless, particularly for adolescents, whose developing brains may suffer lifelong adverse effects from nicotine-containing products.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We sliced open radioactive particles from soil in South Australia and found they may be leaking plutonium

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Almost 60 years after British nuclear tests ended, radioactive particles containing plutonium and uranium still contaminate the landscape around Maralinga in outback South Australia.


Originally published in The Conversation.

TikTok and geopolitics: how 'digital nationalism' threatens to entrench big tech

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The massive digital platform market has until recently been dominated by a handful of US-based companies such as Facebook and Google.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Men are from Mars, women are from... Mars? How people choose partners is surprisingly similar (but depends on age)

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As behavioural scientists, we have a keen interest in how people make decisions, and particularly how these decisions incorporate a range of emotional, cognitive and psychological factors.


Originally published in The Conversation.

ACIC thinks there are no legitimate uses of encryption. They're wrong, and here's why it matters

Australia’s parliament is considering legislation to give new powers to the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and the Australian Fed


Originally published in The Conversation.

Tesla's Bitcoin about-face is a warning for cryptocurrencies that ignore climate change

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Over the weekend, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk suggested his company could sell off it


Originally published in The Conversation.