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Curious Kids: can people live in space?

People do live outside Earth – on the International Space Station!


Originally published in The Conversation.

Extremist mobs? How China's propaganda machine tried to control the message in the Hong Kong protests

When protesters took to the streets in Hong Kong, China's state media had several tactics for how to describe it: some outlets ignored it, while others railed against 'extremists'. Jerome Favre/AAP

As China grows more powerful and influential, our New Superpower series looks at what t


Originally published in The Conversation.

Southeast Asia was crowded with archaic human groups long before we turned up

The ancestral population of modern humans appears to have split as it moved across Asia. Shutterstock

Around 55,000-50,000 years ago, a population of modern huma


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: did the velociraptors have feathers?

Was velociraptor a feathered friend? Here's one artist's impression. Shutterstock

Curious Kids is a series for children.


Originally published in The Conversation.

It's not easy to give a robot a sense of touch

The sense of touch is generally measured by a sensor that can translate a pressure upon it into a small electrical signal. Shutterstock

We have robots that can walk


Originally published in The Conversation.

Design and repair must work together to undo our legacy of waste

Apple’s industrial design has played a fundamental role in transforming computers from machines for tinkerers into desirable objects of self-actualisation Shutterstock


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: why is the Sun orange when white stars are the hottest?

It's true the Sun often looks orange, but it isn't really orange.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Most adults have never heard of TikTok. That's by design

Children's engagement with digital devices is often driven by their desire for creative expression, entertainment and social interaction. Shutterstock

TikTok is one of the fastest growing social media platforms on the planet, with more than The Conversation.

Earth's core has been leaking for billions of years

Earth’s magnetic field protects and makes our planet habitable by stopping harmful high-energy particles from space, including from the Sun. The source of this magnetic field is the core at the centre of our planet.

But the core is very difficult to study, partly because it starts at a depth of about 2,900 kilometres, making it too deep to sample and directly investigate.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Footprints on the Moon and cemeteries on Mars: interview with space archaeologist Alice Gorman

Perhaps in 50 more years we will be sick of hearing stories from people who have travelled to the moon and back.


Originally published in The Conversation.