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Seniors struggle with technology, and often their kids won't help

Many older people are wary of asking for help with technology. Shutterstock

Seniors may not enjoy the stereotype of struggling with technology, but undeniably many older people do have difficulty mastering their devices.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Stone tools reveal epic trek of nomadic Neanderthals

Neanderthal hunting grounds in southern Siberia — the Charysh River valley, with Chagyrskaya Cave in the centre of the photo.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australia's National Digital ID is here, but the government's not talking about it

A national digital ID system would hold huge amounts of personal information. Shutterstock

The Australian government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has spent more than A$200 m


Originally published in The Conversation.

How smart were our ancestors? Turns out the answer isn't in brain size, but blood flow

Skulls hold clues to intelligence. (Clockwise from left: Australopithecus, orangutan, gorilla, chimpanzee) Roger Seymour, Author provided

How did human intelligence evolve?


Originally published in The Conversation.

What we learn from a fish that can change sex in just 10 days

The male bluehead wrasse defends his group of yellow females, one of whom has to step-up and take charge if he leaves. Kevin Bryant, Author provided

The bluehead wrasse is a fish that lives in small social groups in coral reefs in the Carib


Originally published in The Conversation.

OK computer: to prevent students cheating with AI text-generators, we should bring them into the classroom

AI systems may soon be able to generate texts that can pass for human work. Such technology has many positives, but could also result in widespread generation of false texts (including fake news).


Originally published in The Conversation.

Does social media make us more or less lonely? Depends on how you use it

Research by Relationships Australia released in 2018 revealed one in six Australians experience emotional loneliness, which means they lack meaningful relationships in their lives.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We found the world's oldest asteroid strike in Western Australia. It might have triggered a global thaw

The ancient landscape at Yarrabubba preserves traces of the world’s oldest known asteroid impact. Shutterstock

The world’s oldest remaining asteroid crater is at a place called Yarrabubba, southeast of the town of Meekatharra in Western Australia.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australia needs more engineers. And more of them need to be women

Only a small fraction of engineers are women. Shutterstock

Engineering skills underpin the functioning of our societies and economies.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Cousin took a DNA test? Courts could use it to argue you are more likely to commit crimes

DNA from relatives could be used in sentencing offenders. MR Yanukit / Shutterstock

How similar do you think you are to your second cousin? Or your estranged great aunt?


Originally published in The Conversation.