Brexit resignation, Why British PM David Cameron had to go

Brexit resignation: Why British PM David Cameron had to go

Original article from The Conversation by Victoria Honeyman, lecturer in British politics at University of Leeds David Cameron has resigned as British Prime Minister, shortly after it was announced that his country had voted to leave the European Union. Emerging from Downing Street at around 8.30 AM, Cameron said that he would stay on for the time being but […]

How Brexit triggered a global market meltdown

How Brexit triggered a global market meltdown

Original article from The Conversation by Andre Spicer, professor of organisational behaviour at Cass Business School, City University London Despite reassurances that we should not listen to the experts, the financial markets have gone and behaved almost exactly as the experts predicted. Following the news that the UK will be leaving the EU, the pound has dropped to a […]

How sexually transmitted diseases might have driven the evolution of monogamy

How sexually transmitted diseases might have driven the evolution of monogamy

Original article from The Conversation by Rob Knell, senior lecturer at Queen Mary University of London Exactly why so many humans choose monogamous pair bonds over juggling multiple partners has long been a mystery to scientists. After all, having several partners at the same time should lead to more offspring—an outcome you would think evolution would favour. Now a […]

These sex-starved creatures scavenge new genes from other pondlife

These sex-starved creatures scavenge new genes from other pondlife

Original article from The Conversation by Jenny Graves, Distinguished Professor of Genetics at La Trobe University Sexual reproduction is thought to be essential for mixing up genes and holding your own in the race for survival. A major embarrassment to this theory is microscopic animals called rotifers, one class of which has reproduced without sex for millions of years. Theory […]

Want a healthier heart, A daily dose of vitamin D should do the trick

Want a healthier heart? A daily dose of vitamin D should do the trick

Original article from The Conversation by Klaus Witte, senior lecturer in cardiology at University of Leeds The old saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But a daily dose of vitamin D is really where it is at when it comes to heart health. For the first time, new research shows that a daily dose of […]

Twisted light could dramatically boost Internet speeds

Twisted light could dramatically boost Internet speeds

Original article from The Conversation by Min Gu, associate deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship at RMIT University; Haoran Ren, PhD candidate at Swinburne University of Technology; and Qiming Zhang, senior research fellow at RMIT University Fibre optics allow for the communication of data at the speed of light. But the amount of data that can be sent along […]

When it comes to mental health, like attracts like

When it comes to mental health, like attracts like

Original article from The Conversation by Steve Ellen, adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at Monash University Is it true that like attracts like? When it comes to mental health, it seems the answer is yes. A study published in JAMA Psychiatry sheds light on the influence of psychiatric disorders on relationships and mating. The study from the famous […]

Who is to blame when artificial intelligence systems go wrong

Who is to blame when artificial intelligence systems go wrong?

Original article from The Conversation by Gary Lea, visiting researcher in artificial intelligence regulation at Australian National University There has been much discussion of late of the ethics of artificial intelligence or AI, especially regarding robot weapons development and a related but more general discussion about AI as an existential threat to humanity. If Skynet of the Terminator movies […]

Google’s Go victory shows AI thinking can be unpredictable, and that’s a concern

Google’s Go victory shows AI thinking can be unpredictable, and that’s a concern

Original article from The Conversation by Jonathan Taposn, Director of the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour, & Development at Western Sydney University  Humans have been taking a beating from computers lately. The 4-1 defeat of Go grandmaster Lee Se-Dol by Google’s AlphaGo artificial intelligence (AI) is only the latest in a string of pursuits in which technology has […]

Why Asian Americans don’t vote Republican

Why Asian Americans don’t vote Republican?

Original article from The Conversation by Cecilia Hyunjung Mo, assistant professor of political science at Vanderblit University During the recent No Labels-hosted Problem Solver Convention in New Hampshire, things got a little uncomfortable. When Joseph Choe, an Asian-American college student, stood up to ask a question about South Korea, Donald Trump cut him off and wondered aloud: “Are […]

Don’t panic, but the universe is slowly dying

Don’t panic, but the universe is slowly dying

Original article from The Conversation by Aaron Robotham, research associate professor and UWA research fellow at University of Western Australia We know that our universe has already lived through great number of exciting phases. But new research released shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying. The research was presented at the […]

Could humans hibernate

Could humans hibernate?

Original article from The Conversation by Vladyslav Vyazovskiy, associate professor of Neuroscience at University of Oxford On cold, dark days it is tempting to imagine shutting yourself away until the warmer weather returns. Many animals do just that by entering a state known as torpor, which reduces their bodily functions to a minimum and uses fat stores in […]

Explainer, how can twins have different fathers

Explainer: How can twins have different fathers?

Original article from The Conversation by Michael Carroll, senior lecturer in reproductive science at Manchester Metropolitan University The recent report from northern Hòa Bình province in Vietnam of twins born to two different fathers has been making headlines around the world. The father of the twins took the infants for DNA tests where it was revealed he was the […]

Not all psychopaths are criminals – some psychopathic traits are actually linked to success

Not all psychopaths are criminals – some psychopathic traits are actually linked to success

Original article from The Conversation by Scott O. Lilienfeld, professor of psychology at Emory University, and Ashley Watts, PhD candidate at Emory University Tom Skeyhill was an acclaimed Australian war hero, known as “the blind solider-poet.” During the monumental World War I battle of Gallipoli, he was a flag signaller, among the most dangerous of all positions. After […]

Stored fat is a feat of evolution, and your body will fight to keep it

Stored fat is a feat of evolution – and your body will fight to keep it

Original article from The Conversation by Dylan Thompson, professor and director of research at University of Bath In spite of the bad press, stored fat is actually a really wonderful thing. Without the capacity to store energy in the form of fat, we would have been unlikely to survive through millions of years of evolution and we would […]

The five most common misunderstandings about evolution

The five most common misunderstandings about evolution

Original article from The Conversation by Paula Kover, reader in biology and biochemistry at the University of Bath Given its huge success in describing the natural world for the past 150 years, the theory of evolution is remarkably misunderstood. In a recent episode of the Australian series of “I’m a Celebrity Get Me out of Here”, former cricket star […]

In our Wi-Fi world, the Internet still depends on undersea cables

In our Wi-Fi world, the Internet still depends on undersea cables

Original article from The Conversation by Nicole Starosielski, assistant professor of media, culture and communication at New York University Not many people realise that undersea cables transport nearly 100 percent of transoceanic data traffic. These lines are laid on the very bottom of the ocean floor. They’re about as thick as a garden hose and carry the world’s […]

The genetic ‘switch’ that makes many animals look alike as embryos

The genetic ‘switch’ that makes many animals look alike as embryos

Original article from The Conversation by Ivy Shih, editor at The Conversation An international team of researchers, led by Dr. Ozren Bogdanovic and Professor Ryan Lister from the University of Western Australia, have found the genetic “switch” that causes one species of animal to look similar to another. Mice, fish, frogs and even humans look remarkably similar at […]

Six reasons why China’s economy is weaker than you think

Six reasons why China’s economy is weaker than you think

Original article from The Conversation by Geoffrey M. Hodgson, research professor at Hertfordshire Business School, University of Hertfordshire The UK has rolled out the red carpet for Chinese president Xi Jinping on his five-day official visit. He is being given the royal treatment, including a stay at Buckingham Palace, a ride in a state carriage along The Mall […]

How Donald Trump broke the media

How Donald Trump broke the media

Original article from The Conversation by Nicholas Mirzoeff, professor of media, culture, and communication at New York University After Super Tuesday, print and broadcast media have woken up to the very real possibility of President Donald J. Trump. But they cannot seem to understand that their own decline is a major reason for his success. Win or lose, […]