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Burnout by design? Warehouse and shipping workers pay the hidden cost of the holiday season

What’s the meaning of Christmas? For many, it’s about feasting, family, and napping while watching the cricket.

But for e-commerce giants like Amazon, Christmas is the most lucrative time of the year. During the 2020 holiday season, Amazon processed more than A$6.6 billion in sales.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Could we really deflect an asteroid heading for Earth? An expert explains NASA's latest DART mission

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A NASA spacecraft the size of a golf cart has been directed to smash into an asteroid, with the intention of knocking it slightly off course.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: how do birds make their nests?

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I would please like to know how birds make their nests? How do they know how to weave the twigs together and what makes the twigs stick together? – Miguel, age 10, Brisbane


Originally published in The Conversation.

Ending online anonymity won't make social media less toxic

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In recent months the government has proposed cracking down on online anonymity.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Climate change is likely driving a drier southern Australia – so why are we having such a wet year?

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As the climate changes, southern Australia is likely to keep getting drier on average, particularly in the southwest.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The self-driving trolley problem: how will future AI systems make the most ethical choices for all of us?

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is already making decisions in the fields of business, health care and manufacturing. But AI algorithms generally still get help from people applying checks and making the final call.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Harder foods make for stronger skulls, giving hand-reared animals the best chance of survival in the wild

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Each year, thousands of wild animals across the world are rescued.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australia's marine industries deliver $80b a year. But without more scientists, the 'blue economy' is at risk

Australia is a marine nation. First Nations people have deep and unbroken connections to sea, 85% of us live within 50km of the coast, and our ocean territory is twice that of our land mass.

A large part of our economy – the “blue economy” – depends on the sea: tourism, ports, energy, transport, fisheries and aquaculture, and emerging industries like renewable energy, offshore aquaculture, and biotechnology.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Every dollar invested in research and development creates $3.50 in benefits for Australia, says new CSIRO analysis

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Each dollar invested in research and development (R&D) would earn an average of A$3.50 in economy-wide benefits for Australia, according to evidence compiled in a The Conversation.