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Five life lessons from your immune system

Are you exhausted? Your immune cells might be too.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Message sent, received but no instant reply: how does that make you feel?

You wait and wait but still no reply. Shutterstock/Alex Ruhl

Your phone chimes, it’s a message from your partner. You reply instantly because that’s what you always do.

Then you decide to add another message: “By the way, I love you ☺”


Originally published in The Conversation.

250 years after Captain Cook's arrival, we still can't be sure how many Māori lived in Aotearoa at the time

Captain James Cook sailed the Endeavour off New Zealand's east coast in 1769. from Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-ND

Two hundred and fifty years ago this year, James Cook’s ship the Endeavou


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why archaeology is so much more than just digging

The Port Arthur historic site is beautiful today – but its isolation would have been overwhelming for former convict inhabitants.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Look up! Your guide to some of the best meteor showers for 2019

The 2018 Geminids meteor shower recorded over two very cold hours on the slope of Mount Lütispitz, Switzerland. Flickr/Lukas Schlagenhauf, CC BY-ND

The year gets off


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: how do mountains form?

Mountains keep growing and growing and growing for many millions of years until they are so heavy that they can no longer grow taller, only wider. Photo by Jeff Finley on Unsplash, CC BY


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why two people see the same thing but have different memories

Shutterstock/Photographee.eu

Does it ever strike you as odd that you and a friend can experience the same event at the same time, but come away with different memories of what happened? So why is it that people can recall the same thing so differently?


Originally published in The Conversation.

When you look up, how far back in time do you see?

Distant stars above the ruins of Sherborne Old Castle, in the UK. Flickr/Rich Grundy, CC BY-NC

Our senses are stuck in the past.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Hooked on a book, podcast or TV show? Here's how the story changes you

Reading alone is more likely to take you into the world of the story. Shutterstock

Every holiday season, you have new worlds at your fingertips.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: why does the world store nuclear waste and not just shoot it into the Sun or deep space?

It would be nice to blast dangerous nuclear waste far away from Earth, or into the Sun where it won't cause any harm. However, it's not as simple as it sounds.


Originally published in The Conversation.