Why Google's latest launch is more about the brand than the tech

Tech companies use product launches to position themselves as the heroes of the digital revolution. | Continue reading

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Human intelligence: have we reached the limit of knowledge?

We know that pigs or dogs will never understand prime numbers. Some philosophers think that concepts like consciousness are similarly inaccessible to humans. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 16 hours ago

Why Computers Will Never Be Truly Conscious

Brain functions integrate and compress multiple components of an experience, including sight and smell – which simply can't be handled in the way computers sense, process and store data. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 16 hours ago

Before Nobels: Gifts to and from rich patrons were early science’s currency

People have always known science would advance faster with various incentives and rewards. As modern experimental science took off, these took the form of gifts and favors to and from wealthy elites. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 3 days ago

Blue light isn’t main source of eye fatigue and sleep loss, it’s your computer

Blue light has been getting blamed for sleep interruption and eye strain. But the facts are that any bright light interferes with sleep, and computers themselves cause eye strain, an eye doctor says. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 4 days ago

Can Eliud Kipchoge run a sub-2hr marathon?

Kenyan marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge is bidding to break the mythical 2-hour barrier in Vienna this week. Analysis of previous world records suggest he needs to find an extra 15 second from somwhere. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 6 days ago

Computer science now counts as math credit in most states – is this a good idea?

Most states have changed their rules in recent years to let computer science count as a required high school math or science class. A physics professor explains how that trend could set students back. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 6 days ago

Coal mines can be closed without destroying livelihoods

Our research looked at what did – and didn't – work in Canada, Australia and Germany. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 7 days ago

Games blamed for moral decline and addiction throughout history

Somewhere between the early Buddhist times and today, worries about game addiction have given way to scientific understanding of the benefits of play, rather than its detriments. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 7 days ago

Gut microbes can get you drunk and damage your liver

Drunk without drinking? Liver damage without drinking? Gut bacteria might be the cause. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 8 days ago

Green roofs improve the urban environment – so why don’t all buildings have them

From happier and healthier residents to more resilient buildings – green roofs offer significant benefits to cities. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 11 days ago

Pi and its part in the most beautiful formula in mathematics (2016)

On international Pi Day it's time to look at Pi's position in unique formula that's praised much for its beauty in uniting several mathematical constants. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 12 days ago

When big companies fund academic research, the truth often comes last

Most medical research is funded by industry, not public sources. And industry puts pressure on researchers in many ways, from guiding the research question to suppressing unfavourable findings. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 13 days ago

The Beatles’ revolutionary use of recording technology in ‘Abbey Road’

As the album celebrates its 50th anniversary, an expert in sound recording details how the band deployed stereo and synthesizers to put a unique artistic stamp on this iconic album. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 14 days ago

Rural hospital closings reach crisis stage. Millions without nearby health care

Rural hospital closings have accelerated in recent years, leaving not only sick people but ghost towns in their wake. Does the failure to fix it speak to the ills of the larger health care system? | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 15 days ago

Healthy soil is the real key to feeding the world

Conventional wisdom says we need industrial agriculture to feed the world. Not so, says geologist David Montgomery: Practices that focus on creating healthy soil can transform agriculture. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 17 days ago

Jane Eyre translated: how different cultures interpret Charlotte Brontë's novel

What was a thoroughly English book has become a multilingual, ever-changing global text continually putting down roots in different cultures. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 17 days ago

Teletext was slow but it paved the way for the super-fast world of the internet

The death of the BBC Red Button teletext service marks the end of an analogue era. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 17 days ago

Tinnitus: Why it's still such a mystery to science

Many things can cause tinnitus – which makes coming up with a cure difficult. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 19 days ago

Something is killing galaxies, and scientists are on the case

The first ever Canadian-led large project on one of the world's leading telescopes will investigate how the birth and death of galaxies are affected by their environment. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 20 days ago

Could climate change fuel the rise of right-wing nationalism?

Some view a retreat from democracy and the escalating effects of climate change as an unfortunate coincidence. But a new study shows that the two trends may be more closely related than we think. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 20 days ago

3D printing with moondust could be the key to future lunar living

Why wait for parts and equipment to arrive from Earth when you can print your own from moondust? | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 21 days ago

Australia is the per-capita global leader in building new renewable energy

Australia is installing renewable energy at more than ten times the global average. This is excellent news, but raises serious questions about integrating this electricity into our grids. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 22 days ago

There's evidence that climate activism could be swaying public opinion in the US

A team of researchers tried to gauge public perceptions of climate activists and faith in humanity's ability to work together on issues like climate change. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 22 days ago

Do new cancer drugs work? Too often we don’t know (and neither does your doctor)

National drug regulators use evidence from clinical trials to decide whether new cancer drugs will be approved for use. But these studies are often flawed. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 23 days ago

Fossil fuel subsidies reach US$87B in EU countries – and they’re growing

Had the EU eliminated all subsidies between 2010 and 2017, its emissions would have been 9% lower over the period and governments across the EU would have saved US$441 billion. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 23 days ago

As an imaging scientist I fear the deadly impact of vaping on people’s lungs

Vaping devices cause deadly lung toxicity. Their marketing to children must be banned. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 24 days ago

Ritalin at 75: what does the future hold?

The biography of a mercurial medicine. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 25 days ago

In defence of conspiracy theories (and why the term is a misnomer)

Ever since the philosopher Karl Popper popularised the expression in the 1950s, conspiracy theories have had a bad reputation. But is it justified? | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 25 days ago

Why do astronomers believe in dark matter?

Why do astronomers believe there's dark matter when it cannot be directly detected? Let's look at the evidence, and see what dark matter's presence means for our universe. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 26 days ago

The Uighur Internet as a Trap

An anthropologist who interviewed Uighurs in China found different ways in which Chinese authorities used checkpoints, social media and smartphones to identify, categorize and control this group. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 27 days ago

Think you’re bad at math? You may suffer from ‘math trauma’

Many Americans feel anxiety or dread when it comes to math. A lot of that anxiety starts in childhood. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 29 days ago

We need a new science of safety (2016)

Weighing up the costs and benefits in a dangerous world. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 1 month ago

Superblocks: Barcelona’s Car-Free Zones

The 'superblocks' are expected to have massive benefits for health and well-being – but it takes good governance. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 1 month ago

Timely intervention: how Doctor Who shapes public attitudes to science

The first peer-reviewed survey of Doctor Who fans' attitudes to science reveals it was literally life-changing TV for some. But the verdicts were surprisingly nuanced and sometimes contradictory. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 1 month ago

Extinct kangaroo had a branch-crunching bite to rival today’s giant pandas

A new analysis of an extinct giant kangaroo skull suggests it was adapted to eat tough, woody material - a feeding style not found in any modern marsupials. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 1 month ago

Artificial intelligence in medicine raises legal and ethical concerns

Artificial intelligence holds great promise for medicine, but safeguards are needed to ensure it does not harm patients. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 1 month ago

Older baby boomers create living arrangements to suit new needs

The baby boomers aren't going to do anything like their elders, and looking for different housing arrangements is yet another example. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 1 month ago

How climate change is driving emigration from Central America

Poverty and violence are often cited as the reasons people emigrate from Central America, but factors such as drought, exacerbated by climate change, are driving people to leave too. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 1 month ago

Linking brains to computers: how new implants are helping us achieve this goal

Researchers have developed implants small enough to fit inside brain cells. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 1 month ago

A globalised solar-powered future is wholly unrealistic

The design of the global money game is the real antagonist in the fight against climate change. But the call to arms tends to be directed at the players who have had best luck with the dice. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 1 month ago

One skill that doesn’t deteriorate with age

As we get older, our eyesight may dim and our recall may falter. But our linguistic abilities don't seem to erode. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 1 month ago

Deep breath: this sea snake gathers oxygen through its forehead

_Hydrophis cyanocinctus_ is the only sea snake species known to breathe through the top of its head, using a special arrangement of blood vessels in much the same way as fish gills. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 1 month ago

How the limits of the mind shape human language

Some animals, like rats, learn linguistic patterns better than humans can. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 1 month ago

Bamboo architecture: Bali’s Green School inspires a global renaissance

Bamboo has been used since ancient times for building, but only in recent decades has pioneering work in Bali inspired its wider use for substantial and enduring structures. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 1 month ago

Saving the banana from extinction and the problem with farming monoculture

Scientists are in a race to genetically engineer a new plant resistant to a devastating disease that is threatening to wipe out the banana. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 1 month ago

In the 20th century, governments considered total abolition of passports (2016)

In the 20th century, governments considered the “total abolition” of passports as an important goal and discussed the issue in several international conferences. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 1 month ago

Can 'progress studies' contribute to knowledge? History suggests caution

A recent article in The Atlantic called for a "new science of progress" - this is dangerous and ignores the academic study of the history of human development. | Continue reading

@theconversation.com | 1 month ago