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Proposal to mine fossil-rich site in New Zealand sparks campaign to protect it

Foulden Maar formed 23 million years ago and contains tens of thousands of fossils of extinct plants and animals. Supplied, CC BY-ND

An Australian company’s application to mine a fossil-rich site


Originally published in The Conversation.

How a cyber attack hampered Hong Kong protesters

Massive public protests taking place in Hong Kong over the past week are aimed at a new extradition law, known as the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance, that would see accused criminals extradited to mainland China to face prosecution.


Originally published in The Conversation.

6 actions Australia's government can take right now to target online racism

Paul Fletcher, Australia's recently appointed minister for communications, cyber safety and the arts, says he wants to make the internet safe for everyone.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Grattan on Friday: The battle to stare down the defiant John Setka

In his first days as leader Anthony Albanese has taken two decisive actions to reset Labor’s relationship with the militant Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union.

Reshuffling Labor’s frontbench, he removed responsibility for industrial relations from Brendan O'Connor, whose brother Michael is the CFMMEU’s national secretary. This was always a huge conflict of interest, but one that Bill Shorten as opposition leader declined to address.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A giant species of trilobite inhabited Australian waters half a billion years ago

A fossil of the giant new trilobite species _Redlichia rex_.
James Holmes, Author provided

At up to 30cm long and armed with spines for crushing and shredding food, we’ve identified a previously unknown creature that would have been a giant


Originally published in The Conversation.

A parasite attack on Darwin's finches means they're losing their lovesong

A Small Tree Finch from the Galápagos Islands with an enlarged nostril caused by a parasite. Katharina J Peters, Author provided

A parasite known to infect beaks in some iconic Darwin finches on the Galapagos Islands is changing the mating


Originally published in The Conversation.

Uber in the air: flying taxi trials may lead to passenger service by 2023

Air taxis could soon offer passengers rapid transport from an airport to a city.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: why did the dinosaurs die?

Around 66 million years ago, a huge rock from outer space (called an asteroid) smashed into the Earth. The Conversation.

Silver makes beautiful bling but it's also good for keeping the bacterial bugs away

Silver has been used to make jewellery for centuries but it's also good at killing bacteria and could be used in new antibiotics. Shutterstock/Santi S

To mark the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements<


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: where do rocks come from?

Rocks contain a layer-by-layer record of the history of our planet. Fred Moore/flickr, CC BY-NC

The Conversation.