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  • A heart-stopping football match could stop the heart

    Hospital admissions due to heart attack spiked during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

    If you are getting stressed or angry when watching a tense football match, watch out – it could lead to heart attack....

    Body and Mind June 18, 2021
  • Of mice and media

    Papers with “mice” in the title receive less media attention – but more accurate coverage.

    A study in PLOS Biology has spotted a link between studies on mice and their media coverage: when the paper omits “mi...

    Society June 17, 2021
  • Event

    Cosmos Briefing: Retail Rules

    The revolution transforming how, what and why we buy.

    Join our Cosmos Briefing Retail rules: The revolution transforming how, what and why we buy, Thursday 24 June Ther...

    Cosmos Briefing June 17, 2021
  • Conversation

    Police debacle with SafeWA COVID tracking app

    Police attempted to obtain information from a COVID tracking app – is this legal?

    By Tama Leaver. QR code contact-tracing apps are a crucial part of our defence against COVID-19. But their value d...

    Computing June 17, 2021
  • How are dangerous viruses contained in Australia?

    Viruses are nasty, but they still need to be studied. What biosecurity safety precautions are in ...

    Researching viruses can sometimes be dangerous, so there are many safety measures put in place to protect laboratory ...

    Society June 16, 2021
  • Video

    Protecting human rights from AI

    Watch Human Rights Commissioner Ed Santow outline the reasons why an AI commissioner is needed.

    Artificial intelligence technology brings the promise of improvements in many areas of life, but it's not without pro...

    AI June 15, 2021
  • Are those earmuffs, or beermuffs?

    Presenting a head-warmingly new non-invasive technique for measuring blood alcohol levels.

    Japanese researchers have developed a pair of earmuffs that can measure real-time changes in your blood alcohol conce...

    Engineering June 13, 2021
  • It’s Thank a Climate Scientist Day

    We talk to First Dog on the Moon about expressing thanks to those who heroically keep on climate ...

    It’s 12 June, the main day of the year – and there really ought to be more than one – when we stop to thank climate s...

    Climate June 12, 2021
  • Productive or unproductive, that is the question

    Economist Ross Garnaut makes a compelling argument to put the Federal Government’s $15 billion in...

    When I ask economist and author Ross Garnaut which infrastructure projects in Australian history have impressed him t...

    Society June 11, 2021
  • Conversation

    How an app to decrypt criminal messages was born

    The Australian Federal Police and the FBI came up with it ‘over a few beers’.

    By David Tuffley Australian and US law enforcement officials on Tuesday announced they’d sprung a trap three years...

    Technology June 9, 2021
  • El Salvador to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender

    What would a cryptocurrency as a legal tender look like?

    The president of Central American nation El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, today announced a proposal to make the cryptocurr...

    Computing June 7, 2021
  • Magazine

    Mind readers

    What if Star Trek-style mind melding was more than a science fiction concept?

    by Paul Biegler Brain-to-brain interface is a challenge right on the limit of our understanding of neuroscience bu...

    Behaviour June 7, 2021
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