Science + Technology – Analysis and Comment

It’s a cat and mouse game that could put our online privacy and security at risk. Shutterstock/welcomia

As surveillance gets smart, hackers get smarter

As governments look to new ways to step up surveillance, hackers find new ways to subvert it. Is there a way to end this cat and mouse game, described as a crypto-war?
There’s a difference in the sex chromosomes between various mammals, such as the platypus compared to humans. Flickr/Darren Puttock

Did sex drive mammal evolution? How one species can become two

How new species are created is at the core of the theory of evolution. Mammals may be a good example of how sex chromosome change drove major groups apart.
Games like Pokémon GO cleverly exploit our psychology in the way they dole our rewards to keep players hooked. Shutterstock

The power of rewards and why we seek them out

The Pokemon GO craze has tapped in to our desire to seek out rewards. But there different types of rewards in life, each designed to capture our attention, even train our behaviour.
The Titan Supercomputer, in the US, has allowed scientists to study ice formation on wind turbines at a molecular level. Wikimedia/Oak Ridge National LaboratoryOak Ridge National Laboratory

Welcome to Lab 2.0 where computers replace experimental science

Developing new technologies requires time-consuming, expensive and even dangerous experiments. But now we can carry out many experiments entirely on computers using modelling.
Good science loses out when bad science gets the funding. Shutterstock/Looker Studio

We need to talk about the bad science being funded

New studies on the quality of published research shows we could be wasting billions of dollars a year on bad science, to the neglect of good science projects.
Prof Emma Johnston at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science has always reported to a male supervisor, never a female. Maja Baska/UNSW AUSTRALIA

How men and women can help reduce gender bias in the workplace

Men still outnumber women in senior positions in Australian universities and other workplaces. Women are pushing for change but it's men who can help redress the gender balance.
Chris, Tim, Lachlan and Emma travelled to the University of Queensland’s Great Court to play Pokemon Go. Daniel Angus

Pokemon GO gets people out and about, and that’s a good thing

The Pokemon GO craze has transformed a generation of gamers who admit they would otherwise be inside watching TV, surfing the internet, or playing console games.