Category Archives: Technology

Where are all the ants? World-first ‘treasure map’ reveals hotspots for rare species

Where are all the ants? World-first ‘treasure map’ reveals hotspots for rare species

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. The American biologist E.O. Wilson famously called invertebrates “the little things that run the world”. Despite their great importance, we still know very little about the worms, insects and other small creatures that make up the majority of…

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Japan’s Old Enough and Australia’s Bluey remind us our kids are no longer ‘free range’ – but we can remake our neighbourhoods

Japan’s Old Enough and Australia’s Bluey remind us our kids are no longer ‘free range’ – but we can remake our neighbourhoods

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. In the popular Japanese TV series Old Enough, very young children are sent out into their neighbourhood on their first solo errand. The release of this long-running series on Netflix this year created a buzz among Western viewers…

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Is it ethical to allow soldiers to take performance enhancing drugs such as steroids?

Is it ethical to allow soldiers to take performance enhancing drugs such as steroids?

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. There’s a long history and growing evidence base that the use of performance enhancing drugs such as anabolic-androgenic steroids to build muscle mass and strength is common in the armed forces, including in Australia. This isn’t surprising considering…

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Illuminating the brain one neuron and synapse at a time – 5 essential reads about how researchers are using new tools to map its structure and function

Illuminating the brain one neuron and synapse at a time – 5 essential reads about how researchers are using new tools to map its structure and function

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. Scientists know both a lot and very little about the brain. With billions of neurons and trillions of connections among them, and the experimental limitations of examining the seat of consciousness and bodily function, studying the human brain…

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Nuclear threats are increasing – here’s how the US should prepare for a nuclear event

Nuclear threats are increasing – here’s how the US should prepare for a nuclear event

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. Because several generations have passed since the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki – the only use of nuclear weapons in warfare – some may think the threat from nuclear weapons has receded. But international developments, including nuclear…

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Taiwan dominates the world’s supply of computer chips – no wonder the US is worried

Taiwan dominates the world’s supply of computer chips – no wonder the US is worried

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. One aspect of Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan that has been largely overlooked is her meeting with Mark Lui, chairman of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC). Pelosi’s trip coincided with US efforts to convince TSMC – the…

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