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The laws of physics are on display at the Daytona International Speedway. Action Sports Photography/Shutterstock.com

NASCAR may be the fastest way to learn about physics

High speeds, the threat of dangerous crashes, the excitement of the crowd – and the laws of physics on full display. A physicist explains the science of NASCAR.
The creation of the Home Affairs department means that complex and sometimes competing security and law enforcement priorities now have a strategic policy home. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

Yes, Peter Dutton has a lot of power, but a strong Home Affairs is actually a good thing for Australia

Similar concerns were raised 40 years ago when the Department of Defence was formed, but the decision to merge several agencies is now held up for its strategic vision.
It’s almost impossible for users to detect which information is being collected, who’s collecting it and what they do with it. Sarawut sriphakdee/Shutterstock.com

A ‘coup des gens’ is underway – and we’re increasingly living under the regime of the algorithm

How did we become so submissive to a condition of constant surveillance that – except in spy movies or paranoid delusions – would have been considered preposterous a few decades ago?
California’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was shut down in 2013. julius fekete/shutterstock.com

The demise of US nuclear power in 4 charts

Commercial nuclear reactors provide roughly one-fifth of the electricity produced in the US. But they face grave threats to their continued operation.
Scott Pruitt signing an official order at the Resolute Desk in President Trump’s office. EPA

Scott Pruitt’s desk is more impressive than yours

A desk is a place to work. But it can also be a symbol of prestige and power, as EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has demonstrated in his choice of expensive and ostentatious desks for his office.
The concept of ‘new power’ can be applied to modern digital journalism. Shutterstock

How ‘new power’ is driving journalism in the digital age

A new book on so-called 'new power' can help us understand transformations in journalism like increased collaboration and use of digital technologies for investigative journalism.
An 1894 cartoon by Frederick Burr Opper criticizes American newspapers’ elasticity with the truth. Library of Congress

A century ago, progressives were the ones shouting ‘fake news’

The practice of calling attention to false stories – with actual fakers then levying the charge on their accusers – dates back to battles between progressive reformers and corporate media outlets.

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