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Why do different cultures see such similar meanings in the constellations?

The Milky Way: a pattern of stars, or a pattern of gaps? Luke Busellato/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

Almost every person t


Originally published in The Conversation.

Logged out: farmers in Far North Queensland are being left behind by the digital economy

Connecting with the digital economy is a trickier prospect out here. NGRMG, Author provided

Farming families and communities in Queensland’s remote north are being left behind by the digital economy, putting them at significant social and econ


Originally published in The Conversation.

How ancient seafarers and their dogs helped a humble louse conquer the world

Male (left) and female Heterodoxus spiniger from Borneo. Natural History Museum, London, Author provided

This is the story of how a parasitic, skin-chewing insect came to conquer the world.


Originally published in The Conversation.

New research shows that Antarctica's largest floating ice shelf is highly sensitive to warming of the ocean

Since the last ice age, the ice sheet retreated over a thousand kilometres in the Ross Sea region, more than any other region on the continent. Rich Jones, CC BY-ND

Scientists have long been con


Originally published in The Conversation.

Eye-opening discovery: 54 million year old fossil flies yield new insight into the evolution of sight

Eyes surprise: fossil eyes from a 54 million year old cranefly. Lindgren et al./Nature

Fossilised flies that lived 54 million years ago have revealed a surprising twist to the tale of how insects’ eyes evolved.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Regulating Facebook, Google and Amazon is hard given their bewildering complexity

Governments are attempting to regulate tech giants, but the digital disruption genie is already out of the bottle. Shutterstock

Back in the 1990s – a lifetime ago


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: why don't people fall out of bed when they are sleeping?

Even when we are asleep, we can still feel if we are comfortable and our 'sixth sense' is working to let us know where we are in our beds. www.shuttershock.c


Originally published in The Conversation.

Here's how tech giants profit from invading our privacy, and how we can start taking it back

Your online activity can be turned into an intimate portrait of your life - and used for profit. Shutterstock.com

Australia’s consumer watchdog has recommended major


Originally published in The Conversation.

8chan's demise is a win against hate, but could drive extremists to the dark web

Don't mourn 8chan, but don't think online extremists aren't already taking their hate elsewhere. Shutterstock.com

The news that 8chan, the far-right online community allegedly home to mass shooting manifestos, has been effectively removed from the internet is cause for celebration, but sh


Originally published in The Conversation.