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Melting ocean mud helps prevent major earthquakes — and may show where quake risk is highest

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The largest and most destructive earthquakes on the planet happen in places where two tectonic plates collide.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How to encourage cyber-safe behaviour at work without becoming the office grouch

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Business etiquette has one golden rule: treat others with respect and care. The same is true for encouraging cyber safety at work, on everything from password security to keeping valuable information like tax file numbers safe.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Phantom of the forest: after 100 years in hiding, I rediscovered the rare cloaked bee in Australia

It’s not often you get to cast your eyes on a creature feared to be long-gone.

Perhaps that’s why my recent rediscovery of the native bee species Pharohylaeus lactiferus is so exciting — especially after it spent a century eluding researchers.

But how did it stay out of sight for so long?


Originally published in The Conversation.

A token sale: Christie's to auction its first blockchain-backed digital-only artwork

Everydays: The First 5000 Days Beeple

Since May 2007, US-based digital artist Mike Winkelmann (who goes by the name Beeple) has posted a new artwork online every day.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Facebook versus News: Advertising is the real problem

The fight between Facebook and the Morrison government is over almost before it began. Having drastically overplayed its hand by banning a vast range of content, Facebook has been forced to settle for what appear to be cosmetic concessions, such as a two-month period of mediation before disputes are subject to compulsory arbitration.


Originally published in The Conversation.

This week's changes are a win for Facebook, Google and the government — but what was lost along the way?

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After almost a year of heated discussion about the News Media Bargaining Code, there will shortly be a new law of the land – one that’s unlikely to be applied to the platforms it was intended to reign in.


Originally published in The Conversation.

AI facial analysis is scientifically questionable. Should we be using it for border control?

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Developments in global border control technologies are providing innovative ways to address issues relating to migration, asylum-seeking and the introduction of illegal goods into countries.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Getting news from Facebook and Google is convenient — but it comes at great collective cost

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Digital platforms like Facebook and Google give us easy access to media and information. But our collective dependence on these tech giants could in the long run reduce the quality of journalism, making us all worse off.


Originally published in The Conversation.

This 17,500-year-old kangaroo in the Kimberley is Australia's oldest Aboriginal rock painting

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In Western Australia’s northeast Kimberley region, on Balanggarra Country, a two-metre-long painting of a kangaroo spans the sloping ceiling of a rock shelter above the Drysdale River.


Originally published in The Conversation.