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Wary of human-animal hybrids? It's probably just your own moral superiority

The idea of human-animal hybrids often leads to people picturing something like an ancient Greek monster, such as the Chimera. Wikimedia

In Greek mythology, the Chimera is a monstrous fire-breathing creature, typically described as having the head of a lion, with a snake as a tail and the head of a go


Originally published in The Conversation.

Game therapy: serious video games can help children with cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common childhood physical disability, affecting more than 34,000 Australians, and more than 17 million people worldwide.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Human genome editing report strikes the right balance between risks and benefits

Gene therapy is growing in its capabilities, but there should be limits to its use. Shutterstock

If you recognise the words “CRISPR-mediated gene editing”, then you’ll know that our ability to alter DNA has recently become much more efficient, faster and cheaper.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Perceptions of genetically modified food are informed by more than just science

There are many considerations that go into buying food, and science is just one. Shutterstock

When people don’t seem to use science to make decisions, it is tempting to assume that it’s because they don’t understand the underlying science.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Clementine Ford and Lindy West talk Twitter and life on and off the Internet

Clementine Ford and Lindy West Perth Writers Festival

Clementine Ford and Lindy West, doyennes of the internet and social media, feminists, and writers, are travelling to Perth, Western Australia to appear at the The Conversation.

How far they'll go: Moana shows the power of Polynesian celestial navigation

Moana takes to the sea. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

This article contains minor spoilers.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Molecules do not have colour!

The 2017 Pantone Color of the Year is Greenery.

Every year the Pantone Color Institute nominates a colour of the year. It is “A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.” This year, it is Greenery, inspired by nature and symbolic of new beginnings.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Errors in Centrelink's debt recovery system were inevitable, as in all complex systems

Since it announced a crackdown on outstanding debt in June last year, Centrelink has sent debt recovery letters to thousands of Australian welfare recipients.


Originally published in The Conversation.

There are six styles of love. Which one best describes you?

There's not just one way to feel or express love. Shutterstock

Love is a complex and powerful force, one that plays out in a number of emotional, cognitive and social ways.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australian banks go back to ACCC to further delay customers from getting Apple Pay

Banks still holding out on Apple Pay Author

The 3 major Australian banks have signalled that they have no intention of supporting Apple Pay any time soon with an updated submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).


Originally published in The Conversation.