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Looking into their computer-generated eyes: dating in virtual reality

So, will VR dating be a thing? TierneyMJ/Shutterstock

Online dating has been around for more than 20 years, but for the most part, the goal has been to eventually meet your new pa

Originally published in The Conversation.

New research reveals the origin of Australia’s extinct flightless giants, the mihirung birds

A pair of _Dromornis planei_, an extinct mihirung bird from Australia, weighed a massive 300 kilograms. Brian Choo, Author provided

Australia’s living flightless birds - the emu and close relative the cassowary - once roamed alongside much larger birds that resembled dinosa

Originally published in The Conversation.

The Great Barrier Reef can repair itself, with a little help from science

How the Great Barrier Reef can be helped to help repair the damaged reef. AIMS/Neal Cantin, CC BY-ND

The Great Barrier Reef is suffering from recent unprecedented coral bleaching events.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Northern exposure: fossils of a southern whale found for the first time in the north

The pygmy right whale, _Caperea marginata_, at sea. Robert Pitman, Author provided

Ancient fossils of a whale species thought to be found only in southern waters have been discovered at northern sites in Japan and Italy.

Originally published in The Conversation.

El Niño in the Pacific has an impact on dolphins over in Western Australia

Leaping bottlenose dolphins. Kate Sprogis/MUCRU, Author provided

Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) are a regular sight in the waters around Australia

Originally published in The Conversation.

Ten questions you should ask before sharing data about your customers

If you're handling big datasets, it's important to think about user privacy.

In 2016, a group of University of Melbourne researchers

Originally published in The Conversation.

Let's face it, we'll be no safer with a national facial recognition database

Many more faces to be added to a national database, but will it make us any safer? Shutterstock copy/Andrey_Popov

A commitment to share the biometric data of most Australians – including your driving licence photo – agreed at Thursday’s Council of Australian Governments (The Conversation.