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Why it will soon be too late to find out where the COVID-19 virus originated


SARS-CoV-2 has caused the greatest pandemic of the past 100 years. Understanding its origins is crucial for knowing what happened in late 2019 and for preparing for the next pandemic virus.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Who were the Toaleans? Ancient woman's DNA provides first evidence for the origin of a mysterious lost culture

Stone arrowheads (Maros points) and other flaked stone implements from the Toalean culture of South Sulawesi. Shahna Britton/Andrew Thomson, Author provided

In 2015, archaeo

Originally published in The Conversation.

More than banking done right, consumer data rights are set to transform our lives

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There’s a revolution under way in commerce. Within five years, the consumer data right will have transformed competition and simplified the way we live.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Why has same-sex sexual behaviour persisted during evolution?

Same-sex sexual behaviour may seem to present a Darwinian paradox. It provides no obvious reproductive or survival benefit, and yet same-sex sexual behaviour is fairly common — around 2-10% of individuals in diverse human societies — and is clearly influenced by genes.

Originally published in The Conversation.

When Greenland was green: rapid global warming 55 million years ago shows us what the future may hold

Milo Barham, Author provided

Frozen northeast Greenland seems an unlikely place to gain insight into our ever-warming world. Between 50 million and 60 million years ago, however, the region was a different place.

Originally published in The Conversation.

We're launching Western Australia's first scratch-built satellite, and it's a giant leap towards the Moon

Curtin University, Author provided

On August 28, a SpaceX rocket will blast off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, carrying supplies bound for the International Space Station.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Coral, meet coral: how selective breeding may help the world's reefs survive ocean heating

Anna Scott, Author provided

A single generation of selective breeding can make corals better able to withstand extreme temperatures, according to our new research.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Meet the diverse group of plant-eating dinosaurs that roamed Victoria 110 million years ago

During the Early Cretaceous period, 110 million to 107 million years ago, Australia was much further south than it is today. Yet fossils from several sites on the Otway Coast in Victoria show dinosaurs were common in the region.

The most abundant were ornithopods — small plant-eaters with beaks and cheeks full of teeth. But until recently, it was unclear exactly how many species coexisted at the same time.

Originally published in The Conversation.

'OK Boomer': how a TikTok meme traces the rise of Gen Z political consciousness


The phrase “OK Boomer” has become popular over the past two years as an all-purpose retort with which young people dismiss their elders for being “old-fashioned”.

Originally published in The Conversation.