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We studied mental toughness in ultra-marathon runners. Mind over matter is real — but won't take you all the way

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For most people, running a marathon sounds like a lot of work — and they probably wouldn’t even consider completing more than one within 24 hours.


Originally published in The Conversation.

3.2 billion images and 720,000 hours of video are shared online daily. Can you sort real from fake?

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Twitter over the weekend “tagged” as manipulated a video showing US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden supposedly forgetting which state he’s in while addressing a


Originally published in The Conversation.

Put the baking soda back in the bottle: banned sodium bicarbonate 'milkshakes' don't make racehorses faster

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The controversial and banned practice of giving horses baking soda “milkshakes” before a race doesn’t work, according to our analysis


Originally published in The Conversation.

How political parties legally harvest your data and use it to bombard you with election spam

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On Monday October 26, five days ahead of Queensland’s election, many voters received an unsolicited text message from Clive Palmer’s min


Originally published in The Conversation.

Research shows whipping horses doesn't make them run faster, straighter or safer — let’s cut it out

The Melbourne Cup is upon us. This year will be different due to COVID-19 — but one thing we don’t expect to change is concern about horses’ welfare, which seems to resurface each year.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Colourful opal fossils point to a diverse group of giant dinosaurs that shared Australia's terrain

North-central New South Wales today is known for its arid, drought-prone climate. During the Cretaceous period, however, it was a lush coastal floodplain with a high diversity of vertebrates including dinosaurs, crocodiles, turtles and soaring pterosaurs.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Genome and satellite technology reveal recovery rates and impacts of climate change on southern right whales

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After close to a decade of globe-spanning effort, the genome of the southern right whale has been The Conversation.

Australians have low trust in artificial intelligence and want it to be better regulated

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Every day we are likely to interact with some form of artificial intelligence (AI). It works behind the scenes in everything from social media and traffic navigation apps to product recommendations and virtual assistants.


Originally published in The Conversation.