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Timely intervention: how Doctor Who shapes public attitudes to science

Doctor Who is a popular cosplay theme. But some people base more than just their outfit on the Time Lord's exploits. Shutterstock.com

Scientists and science fans love to discuss the science in Doctor Who.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Bugs and bores: a source of dangerous bacteria in remote communities' water supply

Bores with high iron content can be a haven for disease-causing bacteria. Mirjam Kaestli, Author provided

A study of three remote community water supplies in northern Australia, The Conversation.

Tiny specks in space could be the key to finding martian life

Much of Mars's surface is covered by fine-grained materials that hide the bedrock. The above bedrock is mostly exposed and it is in these areas that micrometeorites likely to accumulate. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Apple iPhones could have been hacked for years – here's what to do about it

For many years, the Apple iPhone has been considered one of the most secure smart phones available. But despite this reputation, security issues that might affect millions of users came to light last week, when researchers at Google revealed they had discovered websites that can infect iPhones, iPads, and iPods with dangerous software.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Deep breath: this sea snake gathers oxygen through its forehead

_Hydrophis cyanocinctus_ has a mysterious hole in the top of its skull. Alessandro Palci, Author provided

Only fish have gills, right? Wrong.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Virtual fences and cattle: how new tech could allow effective, sustainable land sharing

Technological tools could unlock a new system of resource sharing in agriculture which is ethical and productive. www.shutterstock.com

Climate change and the global population boom continue to put pressure on the agriculture industry.


Originally published in The Conversation.

'Gay gene' search reveals not one but many – and no way to predict sexuality

The biology of same-sex attraction seems to involve a host of genes. Dewald Kirsten/Shutterstock

It has long been clear that a person’s sexual preference – whether they prefer male or female sexual partners, or both – is influenced by his or her genetic makeup.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Cryptology from the crypt: how I cracked a 70-year-old coded message from beyond the grave

The American Survival Research Foundation offered a reward of $1,000 for cracking one of Thouless's two codes within three years of his death. It was not claimed.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How fast can a human cycle? With aerodynamic help, the 300km per hour barrier seems easily within reach

With aerodynamics out of the equation, it's possible to go really, really fast. YouTube/Euronews

British cyclist Neil Campbell recently set a new record for the men’s “fastest bicycle in a slipstream”, cl


Originally published in The Conversation.

Star laws: what happens if you commit a crime in space?

Was the International Space Station the scene of space's first crime? NASA

NASA is reportedly investigating what could be the first ever all


Originally published in The Conversation.