A world of face masks and facial recognition
They’re both becoming common, but can they co-exist?
By Paul Haskell-Dowland, Edith Cowan University It’s surprising how quickly public opinion can change. Winding the...
Renewed interest in weathered records
Bringing handwritten climate history into the digital age.
Each week Cosmos takes a look at projects and news about citizen science in Australia. This week, we report on a new ...
Political ads on TV may be ineffective
Specific targets usually aren’t persuaded, study suggests.
New research from the US (appropriately) suggests individual political ads on TV have only a minor impact on determin...
Émile Berliner and the birth of the Grammys
From odd jobs to development of recording technology.
Love ’em or loathe ’em, the Grammy Awards in the US are one of the biggest events on the annual music calendar. Th...
Do our devices rule our self-control?
Neurological evidence surrounding phone addiction.
More than three billion Earthlings have a smartphone, a device on track to have the most rapid take-up of any technol...
Intimidation may not be the best tactic
Nice people also win positions of power, study finds.
Being aggressive, selfish and manipulative doesn’t bring more power at work than being nice, generous and trustworthy...
Digging your own digital grave
How you should manage the data you leave behind.
By Patrick Scolyer-Gray, Arash Shaghaghi and Debi Ashenden, Deakin University Throughout our lifetimes we consume,...
Goin’ froggin’ proves a popular pastime
FrogID has impressive numbers all round.
Each week Cosmos takes a look at projects and news about citizen science in Australia. This week we talk to FrogID ch...
Citizen science gets active and organised
A conversation with ACSA chair Erin Roger.
Each week Cosmos takes a look at projects and news about citizen science in Australia. This week, Australian Citizen ...
People may really be prosocial
Brain study suggests we try to avoid harm to others.
European researchers have found that people are better at learning and decision-making when trying to avoid harm to o...
Ancient faces, familiar feelings
Expressions may be recognisable across time and cultures.
By Megan Willis, Australian Catholic Unviersity Credit: Mauricio Marat, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Histo...
Sometimes we need to learn from others
Scientists reveal when, and what happens in the brain.
When you’re trying to decide what to order from a familiar menu, you’ll most likely draw from your own experience. ...