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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.

NASA and space tourists might be in our future but first we need to decide who can launch from Australia

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, US, May 2019. NASA Kennedy , CC BY-NC-ND

In a sign th


Originally published in The Conversation.

Simply returning rescued wildlife back to the wild may not be in their best interest

It can be tough in the wild, especially if you're a rescued animal or an orphan reared by human care. Shutterstock/Andrea Geiss

There are few checks done to see how well injured or orphaned Australian animals survive after they’ve been released into the wild, we fou


Originally published in The Conversation.

How Qantas and other airlines decide whether to fly near volcanoes

Airlines will not fly when there is volcanic ash in the air above Bali's Mt Agung. Joe Le Merou/flickr, CC BY

Mount Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia, has been erupting intermittently since November 2017.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A disc of dust and gas found around a newborn planet could be the birthplace of moons

The bright spot in the centre of the image is a new planet forming.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Man's stressed friend: how your mental health can affect your dog

Don't worry the puppy. Shutterstock/The Vine Studios

If you think your dog looks stressed out, it might be your own stress levels that are affecting your pet pooch.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The end is nigh for Apple's iTunes as the tech giant targets separate audio and video markets

iTunes is being replaced by three separate applications on the new iOS operating systenm Shutterstock/PixieMe

Apple says it’s replacing iTunes with three dedicated entertainment application


Originally published in The Conversation.

Electronic monitoring bracelets are only crime deterrence tools, they can't 'fix' offenders

The man arrested after a deadly gun attack in Darwin Tuesday night is reported to have been on parole and wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet.

This leads to the same reaction we see following any high-profile crime. How could such a thing happen?


Originally published in The Conversation.

The gene therapy revolution is here. Medicine is scrambling to keep pace

This article is an edited extract from Elizabeth Finkel’s address Gene therapy: cure but at what cost? to the National Press Club June 5 2019.

We’re publishing it as part of our occasional series Zoom Out, where authors explore key ideas in science and technology in the broader context of society and humanity.


Gene therapy – for so long something that belonged to the future – has just hit the streets.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We taught bees a simple number language – and they got it

Maybe the differences between human and non-human animals are not as great as we might previously have thought. from www.shutterstock.com

Most children learn that written numbers represent


Originally published in The Conversation.