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How Quantum Steering Could Improve IT Security

One of the bigger challenges in online security is finding a way to effectively share data and be sure it isn’t intercepted. Research led by the Centre for Quantum Dynamics at Griffith University has identified a mechanism for doing this effectively via quantum computing, using a technique known as “quantum steering”.


Why Hitting The Snooze Button Is Bad For You

It’s 6.30am and after a long holiday break, your alarm clock is insistently telling you it’s time to get out of bed. For many people — me included — the automatic reaction is to hit the snooze button, often more than once.


Why Sydney And Brisbane Are Going To Become Even More Humid

Several Australian cities, such as Adelaide and Perth, have greeted 2015 with scorching weather as summer hits its stride — the kind of conditions that leave us crying out for an air conditioner, rather than dreaming of barbeques and beach trips.


Why We Need To Listen To The Real Experts In Science

If we want to use scientific thinking to solve problems, we need people to appreciate evidence and heed expert advice.


Coffee's Long Journey From Crop To Cafe

Welcome to the third instalment in our series Chemistry of Coffee, where we unravel the delicious secrets of one of the most widely consumed drinks in the world. As you listen to the whirring grinders in your local cafe, think of the long journey those beans have made — and what they’ve gone through to be there.


Let Science Show You How To Make The Perfect Ice Cream

When it comes to ice cream, the creamier the better. American University professor Matthew Hartings and Reactions explain how ice crystals affect ice cream and its consistency.


How The Perfect Cup Of Coffee Boils Down To Four Factors

Welcome to the second instalment in our series Chemistry of Coffee, where we unravel the delicious secrets of one of the most widely consumed drinks in the world. Here we look at how tweaking variables can make the difference between a velvety smooth coffee or a scalding, bitter mess.


Why Coffee Smells (And Tastes) So Good

Welcome to our three-part series Chemistry of Coffee, where we unravel the delicious secrets of one of the most widely consumed drinks in the world. So while you enjoy your morning latte, long black or frappe, read on to find out why it tastes so good — you might be surprised to discover what’s in your cup.


What Your 'Working Memory' Does (And How To Give It A Tune-Up)

Working memory is like your brain’s scratch pad, managing information as you go about your day. But our routine deluge of information can make us feel scatterbrained, like our working memory has too much to deal with. Here’s how to tune-up your working memory and stay focused.


Homeopathy Site Busted For Stupid Claims About Vaccination

Companies claiming that homeopathy — an approach to medical treatment which has zero scientific credibility — is an acceptable alternative to vaccination put us all at risk. The Federal Court agrees, having found that claims made by an outfit known as Homeopathy Plus! are in violation of Australian consumer law.