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Remember, Apple AirTags and 'Find My' app only work because of a vast, largely covert tracking network

Apple recently launched the latest version of its operating system, iOS 14.5, which features the much-anticipated app tracking transparency function, bolstering the tech giant’s privacy credentials.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Where do meteorites come from? We tracked hundreds of fireballs streaking through the sky to find out

Author provided

If asked where meteorites come from, you might reply “from comets”. But according to our new research, which tracked hundreds of fireballs on their journey through the Australian skies, you would be wrong.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Money for telescopes and vaccines is great, but the budget's lack of basic science funding risks leaving Australia behind

The story of the past year has been the pandemic: from the first outbreaks in early 2020, the identification of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and methods to detect it, through to lockdown and quarantine measures, vaccine development, testing and finally distribution. The pandemic is not over, but the recovery has started.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How snake fangs evolved to perfectly fit their food

Mark Kostich / Shutterstock

Few structures in nature inspire more fear and fascination than the fangs of venomous snakes.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Did someone drop a zero? Australia's digital economy budget spend should be 10 times bigger

The federal budget for 2021-22 promises A$1.2 billion over the next six years to support the Digital Economy Strategy, a plan to make Australia “a leading digital economy and society by 2030”.

The Digital Economy Strategy proclaims

We are well placed to be a leading digital economy and have strong foundations, but many countries are investing heavily in their digital futures.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Long-lost letter from Albert Einstein discusses a link between physics and biology, 7 decades before evidence emerges

The Albert Einstein Archives at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Since the dawn of the electronic age, it has never been easier for researchers to engage with


Originally published in The Conversation.

China's Tiangong space station: what it is, what it's for, and how to see it

China Manned Space Engineering Office

China’s space program is making impressive progress.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Taking one for the team: 6 ways our cells can die and help fight infectious disease

White blood cells dying

We have all heard of COVID-19, the flu and bacterial infections. But what is actually happening to our cells when we contract these diseases? Many of our body’s cells don’t live to tell the tale.


Originally published in The Conversation.

From baby blue-tongues to elephant doulas: motherhood across the animal kingdom

Diana Robinson, Author provided

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s a good opportunity to ask what being a mother looks like across the animal kingdom.


Originally published in The Conversation.