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Facebook hack reveals the perils of using a single account to log in to other services

There are several flow-on effects from the recent Facebook hack. Shutterstock Facebook announced on Friday that its engineering team had discovered a security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts. Due to a flaw in Facebook’s code, hackers were able to take over an account and use it in the same way you would if you had logged into the account with a...

Satellite measurements of slow ground movements may provide a better tool for earthquake forecasting

The 2016 Kaikoura earthquake shattered the surface and twisted railway lines. Simon Lamb It was a few minutes past midnight on 14 November 2016, and I was drifting into sleep in Wellington, New Zealand, when a sudden jolt began rocking the bed violently back and forth. I knew immediately this was a big one. In fact, I had just experienced...

What evolution and motorcycles have in common: let’s take a ride across Australia

Evolution and the art of motorcycle development, now that’s an interesting connection. Shutterstock/The Conversation How can the development of motorcycles have anything to do with the story of the evolution of life on Earth? You need a palaeontologist to help answer that question, and one with a love of motorcycles. Thousands of people around the world will don some of their...

It’s better light, not worse behaviour, that explains crimes on a full moon

When people know it’s a full moon, they tend to use it to explain all sorts of human behaviour. Todd Diemer/Unsplash It’s a full Moon on September 25. If past months have been anything to go by, this will be accompanied by a round of public chat about how this affects human behaviour – claims of more hospital admissions and...

Do you ‘zombie check’ your phone? How new tools can help you control technology over-us

Do you pull out your phone the instance you’re bored? You’re a zombie checker. rawpixel/Unsplash,  Technology has undoubtedly become essential for productivity and communication in our professional and personal lives. However, the most prominent reason users of all ages reach for their device is not to work, but to “zombie check”. These are...

There’s a gap between what people expect when they report cybercrime, and what police can deliver

When victims report a cybercrime they expect someone brought to justice, but that’s not always possible. Flickr/Blogtrepreneur, Two thirds of victims of cybercrime were not satisfied with the outcome of their reported offence, according an evaluation of the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) that has finally been made public. There is also a relatively low public awareness of the service and...

Vital for life, heat and power – what you never knew about salt water

Salt water is fun to swim in – but it also carries the electrical signals vital for life. Raphael Nogueira/Unsplash Your tongue is a salt detector – it dissolves the solid salt crystals sprinkled on your chips to create an intense flavour sensation. But salt is way more important than just being a food additive. Salt water is literally the most common substance on the surface...

Yes, AI may take some jobs – but it could also mean more men doing care work

Care work isn’t confined to the home, or care professions such as nursing or childcare, it also happens in professional life – and it’s mostly done by women. Shutterstock It’s now generally accepted that as artificial intelligence (AI) advances into fields of work that were formerly considered skilled labour, a huge number of manual and white collar jobs are likely to disappear. These are...

Human evolution: secrets of early ancestors could be unlocked by African rainforests

Image courtesy Oleg Znamenskiy/Shutterstock.com Think of rainforests and the picture is inevitably one of a dark and forbidding realm where life is abundant, yet alarmingly cryptic. Rather than the sense of space offered by long, iconic grassland vistas, distance is compressed into tangled webs of foliage, veiling both predators and prey. Diffuse and difficult to access proteins, carbohydrates and fats...

Coal does not have an economic future in Australia

The closure of the Hazelwood mine has lessons for the future of coal in Australia. Global Warming Images/AAP Renewables are stealing the march over coal in Australia, and the international outlook is for lower coal demand. Today the international Coal Transitions project released its findings, based on global coal scenarios and detailed case studies by teams in China, India, South Africa, Australia,...

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