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Gender equity can cause sex differences to grow bigger

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How do sex differences arise? Few questions animate as much disagreement and contention, in everyday society and in academic study. For as long as the question has been asked, the answers have fallen between two extremes: sex differences arise innately, or they come from social experience.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why so many Australian species are yet to be named

Turns out that in Australia, you are probably closer than you think to hundreds or thousands of species that don’t have names. They are scientifically and culturally anonymous Australians.

If you live in a capital city, these unnamed Aussies are in your state or territory museum, and if you live in a regional area, they are living in your local nature reserve.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Juno is about to peer under the clouds of Jupiter

Jupiter, as seen from my garden in Sydney. The spacecraft Juno will soon be getting a closer view. Andy Casely, CC BY-NC

You’ve all heard the Planets Suite, right?


Originally published in The Conversation.

UFOs, climate change and missing airliners: how to separate fact from fiction

UFO or lens flare? Vladimir Petkov/Flickr, CC BY-SA

If you’ve been on social media then perhaps you’ve seen the “Ancient Aliens” meme; a wild-haired alien aficionado Giorgio A.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Did snakes evolve from ancient sea serpents?

An anaconda peers above and below the water.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Apple iOS 10 v Google Android: which is leading the way?

Apple's new iOS 10 includes a slew of new features. Apple

Both Apple and Google use their developer conferences to introduce updates to their mobile operating systems.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Second detection heralds the era of gravitational wave astronomy

An illustration showing the merger of two black holes and the gravitational waves that ripple outward. LIGO/T.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Snapchat has its risks but it's a powerful tool for youth creativity and socialisation

Snapchat is a powerful tool for teens to communicate and experiment. Maurizio Pesce/Flickr, CC BY

Charlene takes a picture of her dog with her smartphone and morphs his face onto hers to make a hybrid creature.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Is there life through the looking-glass? The riddle of life's single-handedness

The molecules that make up life may have arrived from space, and many are chiral. NASA / Jenny Mottar

Try shaking a colleague’s left hand with your right hand. It just doesn’t work, does it?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Explainer: How to find an exoplanet (part 2)

An artists’s impression of how common planets are around the stars in the Milky Way. ESO/M. Kornmesser

The search for planets around other star systems has been going on for decades and the results are now coming in thick and fast.


Originally published in The Conversation.