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23 April 2021

How the gaming industry justifies in-game gambling

Despite soaring revenues, companies are increasingly embedding gambling devices in games. A new study examines why this is the new norm.
21 April 2021

Quantum ethics project awarded DFAT grant

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has awarded the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) $800,000 over two years to develop accords for the ethical use of quantum technologies.
15 April 2021

Not if but when - Sydney can expect more flood disasters

Sydney's recent disastrous flood wasn't unprecedented but we can expect more major events within 10 years, says Associate Professor Thomas Hubble from the School of Geosciences.
13 April 2021

Student's physics homework picked up by Amazon quantum researchers

A simple yet elegant change to code studied for more than 20 years could shorten timeline to achieve scalable quantum computation and has attracted the attention of quantum computing programs at Amazon Web Services and Yale University.
12 April 2021

Scientists put the stopwatch on cannabis intoxication

New analysis from the Lambert Initiative defines durations of impairment after inhaled or oral THC doses. Findings raise questions about current drug-driving laws, which penalise for THC presence, not intoxication levels.
08 April 2021

Rethinking pest management to protect native speciesĀ 

Australian native species might seem overrun by feral invaders, but Professor Peter Banks has an ingenious idea that could bring the odds back in their favour.

08 April 2021

New modelling provides greater scrutiny for supply chains

Unethical or destructive practices can be hidden within supply chains bringing us items we want and need. Dr Arne Geschke uses data to drill into the complex global production web.
31 March 2021

Easter chocolate toxic for dogs

Chocolate is toxic to dogs, and other pets, so don't offer your companion animals Easter Eggs or even hot cross buns, which are high fat and may contain raisins. No matter how hard your dog begs for it. Give them a doggie snack instead.
30 March 2021

Two thirds of farmland at risk of pesticide pollution

A global map of agricultural land across 168 countries has revealed that 64 percent of land used for agriculture and food crops is at risk of pesticide pollution. Almost a third of these areas are considered to be at high-risk.
30 March 2021

An improved safety standard for pacemakers and cochlear implants

As technology improves, bionic devices in humans will become more common. Professor David McKenzie working with the National Measurement Institute has developed a standard test for leaks in such devices like cochlear implants and pacemakers.