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Google is leading a vast, covert human experiment. You may be one of the guinea pigs

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On January 13 the Australian Financial Review reported Google had removed some Australian news content from


Originally published in The Conversation.

If Google does pull its search engine out of Australia, there are alternatives

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The Australian government’s push to make Google pay news organisations fo


Originally published in The Conversation.

GameStop: how Redditors played hedge funds for billions (and what might come next)

How does a small retail company that sells video games, worth less than US$400 million in the middle of 2020, become a US$10 billion company in less than six months? How does its share price climb from about US$20 on January 12 2021 to US$347 on January 27 – then fall back to US$193 the very next day?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Ancient marvels: the first shell-crushing predators ground up their prey between their legs

Shell-crushing predation was already in full swing half a billion years ago, as our new research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B reveals.

A hyena devouring an antelope carcass, a bonnethead shark feasting on hard-shelled crabs, a dog chewing on a bone: these are all examples of “durophagy”, which basically means “to eat hard parts”.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A new 3D koala genome will aid efforts to defend the threatened species

Koalas are unique in the animal kingdom, living on a eucalyptus diet that would kill other creatures and drinking so little their name comes from the Dharug word gula, meaning “no water”. Today, many koala populations across Australia are in decline, due to habitat destruction caused by agriculture, urbanisation, droughts and bushfires intensified by climate change, and diseases such as chlamydia and koala retrovirus.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Burnt ancient nutshells reveal the story of climate change at Kakadu — now drier than ever before

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Archaeological research provides a long-term perspective on how humans survived various environmental conditions over tens of thousands of years.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Is news worth a lot or a little? Google and Facebook want to have it both ways

Executives from Google and Facebook have told a Senate committee they are prepared to take drastic action if Australia’s news media bargaining code, which would force the internet giants to pay news publishers for linking to their sites, comes into force.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The mystery of the blue flower: nature's rare colour owes its existence to bee vision

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At a dinner party, or in the schoolyard, the question of favourite colour frequently results in an answer of “blue”. Why is it that humans are so fond of blue?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why the COVID-19 variants are so dangerous and how to stop them spreading

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With new, more infectious variants of COVID-19 detected around the world, and at New Zealand’s border, the ris


Originally published in The Conversation.