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Apple's iPod came out two decades ago and changed how we listen to music. Where are we headed now?


On October 23, 2001, Apple released the iPod — a portable media player that promised to overshadow the clunky design and low storage capacity of MP3 players introduced in the mid-1990s.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Long read: reflections of a volcanologist as a science organisation faces charges in the wake of the 2019 Whakaari eruption

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This week, a case review hearing sought to set a trial date – now likely in 2023 – for 13 organisations and individuals facing charges in th

Originally published in The Conversation.

Australia's oldest dinosaur was a peaceful vegetarian, not a fierce predator

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Ipswich, about 40 kilometres west of Brisbane, seems an unlikely place to find dinosaur fossils. Yet the area has produced the oldest evidence of dinosaurs in Australia.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Facebook wants AI to find your keys and understand your conversations


Facebook has announced a research project that aims to push the “frontier of first-person perception”, and in the proc

Originally published in The Conversation.

Gun-toting robo-dogs look like a dystopian nightmare. That's why they offer a powerful moral lesson

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US-based military robot manufacturer Ghost Robotics has strapped a

Originally published in The Conversation.

Is it even possible to regulate Facebook effectively? Time and again, attempts have led to the same outcome

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The Australian government’s recent warning to Facebook over misinformation is just the latest

Originally published in The Conversation.

Caring or killing: harmful gender stereotypes kick in early — and may be keeping girls away from STEM

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Gender stereotypes begin in early childhood.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Sex, drugs and TikTok: keeping young people safe needs a mature response, not a moral panic

You may have read recently that TikTok allegedly “serves up” sex and drug videos to minors. Media reports have described the video-sharing platform, which is designed predominantly for young people, as an “addiction machine” that promotes harmful content.

Originally published in The Conversation.

A distant dead star shows a glimpse of our Solar System's future

Artist's rendition of the Jupiter-like planet and its white dwarf star W. M. Keck Observatory/Adam Makarenko

The golden age of discovery of planets around other stars (known as exoplanets) began in 1995.

Originally published in The Conversation.