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Are your devices spying on you? Australia’s very small step to make the Internet of Things safer

are your devices spying on you? australia’s very small step to make the internet of things safer
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Image: Shuttlestock From internet-connected televisions, toys, fridges, ovens, security cameras, door locks, fitness trackers and lights, the so-called “Internet of Things” (IoT) promises to revolutionise our homes. But it also threatens to increase our vulnerability to malicious acts. Security flaws in IoT devices are common. Hackers...

Sunday essay: COVID in ten photos

sunday essay: covid in ten photos
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Crew on board the Ruby Princess as the cruise liner docks at Port Kembla, Wollongong, Monday April 6, 2020.  AAP Image/Dean Lewins Our memories are malleable, they change over time. Memories can, however, crystallise through repetition. One of the most interesting things about memory is...

These Aussie teens have launched a landmark climate case against the government. Win or lose, it’ll make a difference

these aussie teens have launched a landmark climate case against the government. win or lose, it’ll make a difference
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Five of the eight young plaintiffs. From left:Ava Princi, Izzy Raj-Seppings, Ambrose Hayes, Veronica Hester, Laura Kirwan. Equity Generation Lawyers Last Tuesday, eight young Australians aged 13-17 filed a class action seeking an injunction to prevent federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley approving a new...

Case-fatality rates don’t indicate how well a country contained COVID

case-fatality rates don’t indicate how well a country contained covid
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Presents a series of grounded science based articles covering Evolution, Global Warming, Genetic Modified Organisms (GM's), Logic, Nature of Science, Vaccines/Alt.Medicines. Recently, I have been frequently seeing the argument that the USA has actually done a very good job at dealing with COVID because it’s...

Earth may temporarily pass dangerous 1.5℃ warming limit by 2024, major new report says

earth may temporarily pass dangerous 1.5℃ warming limit by 2024, major new report says
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Picture: Kelly Barnes/AAP The Paris climate agreement seeks to limit global warming to 1.5℃ this century. A new report by the World Meteorological Organisation warns this limit may be exceeded by 2024 – and the risk is growing. This first overshoot beyond 1.5℃ would be...

Halting the Oxford vaccine trial doesn’t mean it’s not safe – it shows they’re following the right process

halting the oxford vaccine trial doesn’t mean it’s not safe – it shows they’re following the right process
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Image: Shuttlestock Only days after the federal government announced a A$1.7 billion vaccine deal to roll out COVID-19 vaccines to Australians in 2021, one of the two candidates has halted its phase 3 trials after a participant became ill. The AZD1222 vaccine, considered one of...

Oxford scientists: these are final steps we’re taking to get our coronavirus vaccine approved

oxford scientists: these are final steps we’re taking to get our coronavirus vaccine approved
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A researcher working on the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in Buenos Aires. EPA-EFE Of the hundreds of potential COVID-19 vaccines in development, six are in the final stages of testing, known as phase three clinical trials. One of these – ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 – is the...

Research reveals shocking detail on how Australia’s environmental scientists are being silenced

research reveals shocking detail on how australia’s environmental scientists are being silenced
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Picture: Authors provided Ecologists and conservation experts in government, industry and universities are routinely constrained in communicating scientific evidence on threatened species, mining, logging and other threats to the environment, our new research has found. Our study, just published, shows how important scientific information about environmental...

If reducing harm to society is the goal, a cost-benefit analysis shows cannabis prohibition has failed

if reducing harm to society is the goal, a cost-benefit analysis shows cannabis prohibition has failed
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Image: Shuttlestock The case for a referendum on New Zealand’s cannabis law was already urgent in 2015 when the supposedly more pressing issue was whether we should change the flag. As I argued at the time, prohibition had failed and was costing society far more than the...

Aussie invention could save old coal stations by running them on zero-emissions ‘Lego’ blocks

aussie invention could save old coal stations by running them on zero-emissions ‘lego’ blocks
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Image Authors provided As climate change worsens, the future of fossil fuel jobs and infrastructure is uncertain. But a new energy storage technology invented in Australia could enable coal-fired power stations to run entirely emissions-free. The novel material, called miscibility gap alloy (MGA), stores energy in...