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Couples who are carriers of genes for recessive diseases don’t show any symptoms. Photo by Drew Hays on Unsplash

What prospective parents need to know about gene tests such as ‘prepair’

Cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy and fragile X syndrome are serious diseases, and most couples carrying the genetic mutations for these don't know it. Should they all be tested?
Central authorities are still important to create legitimacy in a cryptocurrency. Shutterstock

The blockchain does not eliminate the need for trust

You may have imagined the blockchain would lead to a world without governments or institutions veryifying transactions, research shows that it probably won't.
Australia’s Trade Minister Steven Ciobo speaking after a meeting for the Trans Pacific Partnership in Vietnam. AAP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is back: experts respond

Many provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership have been suspended after the United States pulled out. But there's still much to debate about the regional free trade agreement.
A still image from Pipilotti Rist’s Ever Is Over All, 1997, single channprojectors, players, sound system, paint, carpet, courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine. © the artist

Here’s looking at: Pipilotti Rist, Ever Is Over All

In 1997 Pippilotti Rist walked down a street of cars and smashed their windows in a vivaciously feminist call to arms. You might recognise the homage to Risk's work in Beyoncé's Lemonade.
Mike Cannon-Brookes (centre), and Scott Farquhar (3rd L), co-founders and CEOs of Atlassian Software Systems, smile during its successful entry into the Nasdaq in New York.

Australian companies should cultivate local tech workers not play the 457 visa game

Australian tech firm Atlassian has recently warned that changes to 457 visas threatens to stunt industry growth. But is there more Oz tech firms could be doing to cultivate local talent?
Luther’s act quickly came to be seen as the foundation of the Reformation, as shown in this centenary broadside, Göttlicher Schrifftmessiger, 1617. Jfhutson, Wikipedia

Revisiting the Reformation: how passions sparked a religious revolution 500 years ago

Greed, guilt, fear, anger and love gave power to a spiritual movement that was catalysed 500 years ago this week.
Le protocole WPA2 (Wifi Protected Access 2) est un mécanisme pour sécuriser les réseaux sans-fil de type wifi. Christiaan Colen/Flickr

Nos réseaux wifi sont‑ils sécurisés ?

Les réseaux wifi peuvent être piratés. Une nouvelle attaque appelée CRACK a été révélée. Faut‑il craindre pour la sécurité de nos données ? Pouvons‑nous contre‑attaquer ?
WPA2 has been cracked, so it’s time to update your router. Ksander/Shutterstock

Wi-Fi can be KRACK-ed. Here’s what to do next

KRACK can only be used in certain circumstances, and there are some steps you can take to keep your internet traffic safe.
Artist’s impression of the collision of two neutron stars, the source of the latest gravitational waves detected. National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet

At last, we’ve found gravitational waves from a collapsing pair of neutron stars

Astronomers have finally confirmed the source of the latest detected gravitational waves was the collission of a pair of neutron stars, what they'd been searching for all along.
George Hamilton, Meeting natives on the Campaspi plains, Victoria, June 1836. National Library of Australia

Noble horses and ‘black monsters’: the politics of colonial compassion

George Hamilton published An Appeal for the Horse in 1866, a defence of animal welfare well ahead of its time. However, his compassion for Aboriginal people was conspicuously lacking.
Repeated ear infections and prolonged episodes of glue ear can result in permanent hearing loss. from shutterstock.com

My child has glue ear – what do I do?

Children with glue ear constantly struggle to hear at school, which may leave them frustrated, disengaged and unlikely to reach their full potential.
Paul Uhlmann, Batavia 4th June 1629 (night of my sickness), 2017, oil on canvas (detail, one of three panels). Courtesy of the artist

Picturing the unimaginable: a new look at the wreck of the Batavia

The shipwreck of the Batavia and subsequent murders of 115 men, women and children have inspired many retellings. A new exhibition combines art and science to find new angles on an old tale.
Le siège de la NSA, près de Baltimore (dans le Maryland).

Sécurité informatique : les leçons de l’affaire Kaspersky

Les services secrets russes ont-ils dérobé des données stratégiques à l'agence américaine NSA grâce au logiciel antivirus Kaspersky? Les autorités américaines en sont convaincues, Kaspersky dément.

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