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Fruit bats are the only bats that can't (and never could) use echolocation. Now we're closer to knowing why

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Scientists have found another piece in the puzzle of how echolocation evolved in bats, moving closer to solving a decades-long evolutionary mystery.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Following 3 major quakes off New Zealand, questions remain about how they might be linked

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NFTs explained: what they are, why rock stars are using them, and why they're selling for millions of dollars

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A couple of days ago, the musician Grimes sold some animations s


Originally published in The Conversation.

How would digital COVID vaccine passports work? And what's stopping people from faking them?

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Although international travel restrictions for Australia have been extended to at least June, there may still be potential for a trans-Tasman bubble with New Zealand (and maybe some other countries), The Conversation.

Thanks to the internet, we know what's happening in Myanmar. But a communication blackout may be near

Social media has given us valuable access to the actions of both the military and anti-coup protesters in Myanmar, but a communication blackout may be coming.

The country’s military seized control of the government on February 1, after the National League for Democracy (NLD) won the general election in a landslide.

The opposition-backed army has since detained hundreds of NLD members, including party leader Aung San Suu Kyi.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Life on the hidden doughnuts of the Great Barrier Reef is also threatened by climate change

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Mention the Great Barrier Reef, and most people think of the rich beauty and colour of corals, fish and other sea lif


Originally published in The Conversation.

I asked hundreds of people about their biggest life decisions. Here's what I learned

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You make decisions all the time. Most are small. However, some are really big: they have ramifications for years or even decades. In your final moments, you might well think back on these decisions — and some you may regret.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Melting ocean mud helps prevent major earthquakes — and may show where quake risk is highest

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The largest and most destructive earthquakes on the planet happen in places where two tectonic plates collide.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How to encourage cyber-safe behaviour at work without becoming the office grouch

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Business etiquette has one golden rule: treat others with respect and care. The same is true for encouraging cyber safety at work, on everything from password security to keeping valuable information like tax file numbers safe.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Phantom of the forest: after 100 years in hiding, I rediscovered the rare cloaked bee in Australia

It’s not often you get to cast your eyes on a creature feared to be long-gone.

Perhaps that’s why my recent rediscovery of the native bee species Pharohylaeus lactiferus is so exciting — especially after it spent a century eluding researchers.

But how did it stay out of sight for so long?


Originally published in The Conversation.