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Australia: well placed to join the Moon mining race ... or is it?

The Moon could be mined for water. NASA/JPL

It’s 50 years since man first stepped on the Moon. Now the focus is on going back to our nearest orbiting neighbour – not to leave footprints, but to mine the place.


Originally published in The Conversation.

You need more than just testes to make a penis

Testosterone is primarily made in the testes, and creates many of the characteristics we see in adult men.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Male teachers are most likely to rate highly in university student feedback

Students are invited to give feedback on teachers performance at Australian universities.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A robot that can touch, eat and sleep? The reality of cyborgs like Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: preparing for battle. 20th Century Fox

Alita: Battle Angel is an interesting and wild ride, jam-packed full of concepts around cybernetics, dystopian futures and cyberpunk themes.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Having a sense of meaning in life is good for you -- so how do you get one?

There's a high degree of overlap between experiencing happiness and meaning. Shutterstock/KieferPix

The pursuit of happiness and health is a popular endeavour, as the preponderance of self-help books would attest.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Vets can do more to reduce the suffering of flat-faced dog breeds

This pug is suffering from extreme summer heat at 37C. Shutterstock/Guentermanaus

Veterinarians have a professional and moral obligation to reduce or prevent any negative health impacts of disorders in animals. But what if animals are bred with known disorders?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why visual illusions appear in everyday objects – from nature to architecture

Size and distance are difficult for the brain to work out at the same time. Shutterstock

Optical illusions are cleverly designed to distort reality, but did you know that the same distortions occur frequently


Originally published in The Conversation.

Five tips to help your kid succeed in sport – or maybe just enjoy it

If children enjoy sport, they're more likely to continue to play over a lifetime.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Don't click that link! How criminals access your digital devices and what happens when they do

A link is a mechanism for data to be delivered to your device. Unsplash/Marvin Tolentino

Every day, often multiple times a day, you are invited to click on links sent to you by brands, politicians, friends and strangers. You download apps on your devices.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The science of parkour, the sport that seems reckless but takes poise and skill

People climbing up walls and jumping off buildings in films such as Brick Mansions, Assassin’s Creed, and Casino Royal aren’t tricks of cinema.

The athletes that perform these stunts are part of a global community that practise parkour – a gymnastics-like activity that developed from military obstacle courses. The objective of parkour is to move rapidly and effectively through a complex physical environment.

Our research shows that science can help you practise better parkour – through running up walls more efficiently, and expanding your landing options.


Originally published in The Conversation.