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(The most social) bird of the year: why superb fairy-wren societies may be as complex as our own

Kaspar Delhey, Author provided

One mystery many biologists want to solve is how complexity develops in nature.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A century ago, Australia was ground zero for eclipse-watchers – and helped prove Einstein right

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In 1922, Australia was even more remote from the rest of the world than it is today.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Digging deep: DNA molecules in ancient dirt offer a treasure trove of clues to our past

Micro-drilling sediment blocks to extract powder for genetic analysis

Archaeological deposits typically consist of a mix of artefacts and the remains of plants and animals — including the occasional human fossil — all held in a matrix of dirt. But these days, we dig for a lot more besides fossils and artefacts.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Hitting the beach this summer? Here are some of our top animal picks to look out for

John Turnbull, Author provided

Australia has one of the longest coastlines in the world.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: how exactly does a spaceship get into space?

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How exactly does a spaceship get into space? – Mathilde, age 5, Sydney


Originally published in The Conversation.

This New Year, why not resolve to ditch your dodgy old passwords?

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Most of the classic New Year resolutions revolve around improving your health and lifestyle. But this year, why not consider cleaning up your passwords too?


Originally published in The Conversation.

A medical scan reveals the secrets of New Zealand's extinct marine reptiles, almost 150 years after the fossils' discovery

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New Zealand’s fossil record of land dinosaurs is poor, with just a few bones, but the collection of ancient extinct marine reptiles is remarkable, inclu


Originally published in The Conversation.

'Drained and wary of the future': why you might feel different about New Year's resolutions this year

At the beginning of each year, many people make vows to either do or not do something to improve their life in some way. The fresh start of a new year is magically equated with a fresh start to life and often imbued with renewed hope that this year things will be better.

As we enter 2022, after two years of living with COVID-19, this hope may be stronger than usual.


Originally published in The Conversation.

No, putting a spoon in an open bottle of champagne doesn't keep it bubbly – but there is a better way

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At a recent tasting, I was presenting some sparkling wines from the Limoux region of France, a region that produced sparkling w


Originally published in The Conversation.

How 2021 was the year governments really started to wise up against big tech

After all the bad press tech companies have received, would anyone still be surprised to learn the outwardly smiling face of social media conceals a sophisticated data-collection industry?

This year’s headlines delivered news of an array of concerning data and privacy violations from the world’s biggest tech players. But interestingly, it also seemed to be the year governments around the world addressed the problem head on.


Originally published in The Conversation.