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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The Saturday Science Session – The problem with “just asking questions”

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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. Asking questions is generally a good thing. Indeed, questions are the very foundation of...

An incredible journey: the first people to arrive in Australia came in large numbers,...

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The first people to walk along the shores of northern Australia arrived more than 50,000 years ago. Corey Bradshaw  The size of the first population of people needed to arrive, survive, and thrive in...
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Summer forecast: scorching heat and heightened bushfire risk

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Queenslanders have taken to the water in the face of record-breaking heat. GLENN HUNT/AAP Large parts of Australia are facing a hotter and drier summer than average, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s summer outlook. Drier than...
the us military has officially published three ufo videos. why doesn’t anybody seem to care?

The US military has officially published three UFO videos. Why doesn’t anybody seem to...

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Picture: US Department of Defense On April 27, 2020, the US Department of Defense issued a public statement authorising the release of three “UFO” videos taken by US Navy pilots. The footage appears to depict airborne, heat-emitting objects...
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Evidence of aliens? What to make of research and reporting on ‘Oumuamua, our visitor...

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An artist’s impression of `Oumuamua, the first interstellar object discovered in the Solar System.  ESA/Hubble, NASA, ESO, M. Kornmesser As an astrophysicist, probably the most common question I get asked is: “Are we alone in...
your brain approaches tricky tasks in a surprisingly simple way

Your brain approaches tricky tasks in a surprisingly simple way

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It gets easier with practice. Duntrune Studios/Shutterstock Have you ever sat down to complete your morning crossword or Sudoku and wondered about what’s happening in your brain? Somewhere in the activity of the billions...
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How research is helping to reduce prejudice between people online

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When individuals from different groups interact positively and cooperate online, society changes for the better. rawpixel/Unspalsh The internet often gets a bad rap, and for good reason. Social media use can contribute to poorer mental health...

Six images reveal how we ‘see’ data and capture invisible science

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Light bounces from an image to your eye, and is interpreted by your brain. oldskool photography / Unsplash As an experimental video-maker working at scales smaller than molecules, I surround myself in a variety...
‘gay gene’ search reveals not one but many – and no way to predict sexuality

‘Gay gene’ search reveals not one but many – and no way to predict...

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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...

People who spread deepfakes think their lies reveal a deeper truth

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Deepfakes make it harder for us to communicate truths to one another and reach consensus on what is real. Screenshot The recent viral “deepfake” video of Mark Zuckerberg declaring, “whoever controls the data controls the world”...