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Fighting frog fungus: Lee Berger wins PM's Life Scientist 2018 award

In 1998 Lee Berger identified a skin fungus as the cause of unexplained mass frog deaths.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Senate inquiry calls for tougher rules on pet food in Australia

Pet owners need to know the food they feed their pets is safe. Flickr/Tiomax, CC BY

Compulsory rules for the standards and labelling of pet food in Australia are among the r


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why R2D2 could be your child's teacher sooner than you think

While robots in classrooms are still very new, some early examples of success are emerging. Shutterstock

C3PO, R2D2 and Wall-E: three distinctly memorable robots that captured our hearts as they


Originally published in The Conversation.

Under the hammer: artwork by an algorithm is up for auction, so does that mean AI is now creative?

Would you buy a painting created by artificial intelligence? Obvious

A painting generated by artificial intelligence will go up for sale a


Originally published in The Conversation.

Yes, a tsunami could hit Sydney – causing flooding and dangerous currents

Manly's The Corso pedestrian area could be flooded if a large tsunami arrived at Sydney Harbour.


Originally published in The Conversation.

VR technology gives new meaning to ‘holidaying at home’. But is it really a substitute for travel?

Participants in a virtual reality travel experience reported a sense of relaxation, similar to that gained from travel in real life. Shutterstock

As virtual reality techn


Originally published in The Conversation.

Archaeology can help us prepare for climates ahead – not just look back

Remains of meals at Haua Fteah cave reveal a lot about past climates in in the Gebel Akhdar region of Libya.


Originally published in The Conversation.

First Man: a new vision of the Apollo 11 mission to set foot on the Moon

First Man: Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon. Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures

The Apollo 11 lunar landing was the first time humans stepped on another celestial body, and the events leading up to that historic moment – which celebrates its 50th anniversary next yea


Originally published in The Conversation.

More 'bright' fast radio bursts revealed, but where do they all come from?

Central antennas of the Australia Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder. Alex Cherney/CSIRO, Author provided

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are one of the great astrophysical mysteries.


Originally published in The Conversation.