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A life reconstruction of _Brindabellaspis stensioi_, an unusual placoderm fish from the 400-million-year old Burrinjuck reef in New South Wales, Australia. Jason Art, Shenzhen, Author provided

Coral reefs are well known today for their incredibly diverse and abundant marine life, including fish species ranging from delicate butterflyfish to huge humphead wrasse and ornate lionfish....

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A crowd of people moving at different rates is a form of turbulence. from www.shutterstock.com

Making science for people is a series that explores how humanities, arts and social sciences expertise is applied to problems typically corralled into the science and technology space. The first piece in the series is here.

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Overnight US President Donald Trump announced the establishment of a “Space Force” as a separate force of the US military.

Trump has indicated the reasoning behind the Space Force stems from national security concerns arising from the potential for renewed activities in space by China and Russia. Trump had previously referred to space as the “new warfighting domain.”

It’s not yet clear where this move sits in light of prohibitions laid out in the...

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Fortnite is a web based multi player survival game developed by Epic Games. Shutterstock

Could your child be addicted to playing video games? Maybe. If you’re a parent looking for tips on moderating your child’s gaming habits, read on.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has, for the first time, recognised “gaming disorder” – compulsive and obsessive playing of video games – as a diagnosable condition.

The new condition will be...

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Actually yes, science and the arts do work together. from www.shutterstock.com

This week we’re launching Making science for people, a series of articles that explores how humanities, arts and social sciences expertise is applied to problems typically corralled into the science and technology space.

In this first piece, Rachel and Lisa set the scene.

Science and technology are valued highly in many societies.

Globally, discussions...

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A spotted-tailed Quoll detected during a small mammal survey at Carrai Plateau, New South Wales. Paul Meek, Author provided

We use remotely activated cameras – known as camera traps – to study the ecology and population responses of wildlife and pest species in management programs across Australia.

These devices are used widely by scientists, researchers and managers to detect rare wildlife, monitor populations, study behaviour and measure long term wildlife population health.

But the lack of transparency surrounding how these images are transmitted, where they are stored, and who has access to them in transit, has scientists worried.

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Safety cards that allow victims to press a button to alert a 24/7 call centre have proved successful in protecting victims from further abuse. Mavis Wong/The Conversation NY-BD-CC

With growing recognition that domestic violence can be perpetuated using technology, there has been a an increase of news stories that focus on how abusers use it to coerce and control victims.

For example, when a man stole his ex-partner’s laptop so he could monitor her private Facebook messages. Or when a husband...

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It has been a huge week for defamation law.

Last Thursday, the NSW Government announced a push to reform Australia’s uniform defamation laws. It is calling for a “cyber-age reboot”. That proposal was backed by a “statutory review” of the NSW Defamation Act. At a meeting of the Council of Attorneys-General, the states and territories agreed to reconvene a working party to consider reform of equivalent statutes around Australia.

The following Wednesday, the High Court delivered its...

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There's a new kid in town inJurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. and Legendary Pictures Productions, LLC.

In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom the lines between human and monster are not clear-cut. Much of the film, the fifth instalment of the Universal franchise, is driven by both human and dinosaur capacity for empathy, extinction and reinvention.

Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) return in another swinging tale of unpredictable and unreasoning monsters, brought back from extinction and on the rampage, leaving a trail of mindless destruction across...

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Can we predict who will win the trophy in this year's World Cup held in Russia? Shutterstock/fifg

This article is the latest in our World Cup series exploring the politics, economics, science and social issues behind the world’s most popular sports event.

The 2018 World Cup kicks off today (Australian time). Australia is one of 32 teams hoping to be victorious in the beautiful game.

But what are the chances of Australia winning the...

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