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US lawmakers are taking a massive swipe at big tech. If it lands, the impact will be felt globally

Kathy Willens/AP

Five antitrust laws proposed in the United States aim to aggressively rein in the market power of “big tech” companies and change the way they do business.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Prehistoric 'river boss' is the largest extinct croc species ever discovered in Australia

Eleanor Pease, Author provided

Say hello to Gunggamarandu maunala, or the “hole-headed river boss” — the biggest extinct croc yet found in Australia, and an important addition to the jigsaw of crocodylian ev


Originally published in The Conversation.

Do aliens exist? We asked five experts

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Speculation has been rife about the contents of an unclassified report set to be released later this month from the Pentagon’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) task force.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The most endangered seals in the world once called Australia home

Peter Trusler, Author provided

Monk seals are one of the most endangered marine mammals alive today, with just over 2,000 individuals remaining in the wild.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Proceed to your nearest (virtual) exit: gaming technology is teaching us how people respond to emergencies

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Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) aren’t just for gaming anymore, they’re also proving to be useful tools for disaster safety research. In fact, they could save lives.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How rain, wind, heat and other heavy weather can affect your internet connection

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When your Netflix stream drops out in the middle of a rainstorm, can you blame the wild weather?

Quite possibly. The weather can affect the performance of your internet connection in a variety of ways.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A quantum hack for microscopes can reveal the undiscovered details of life

Warwick Bowen, Author provided

You’ve probably seen images of scientists peering down a microscope, looking at objects invisible to the naked eye. Indeed, microscopes are indispensable to our understanding of life.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Fastly global internet outage: why did so many sites go down — and what is a CDN, anyway?

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If you were having difficulty accessing your favourite website on Tuesday evening Australian time, you’re not alone.


Originally published in The Conversation.