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Goodbye Google+, but what happens when online communities close down?

Google+ is the latest online community to close. Shutterstock/rvlsoft

This week saw the closure of Google+, an attempt by the online giant to create a social media community to rival Facebook.

Originally published in The Conversation.

The first known case of eggs plus live birth from one pregnancy in a tiny lizard

For most animals, reproduction is straightforward: some species lay eggs, while others give birth to live babies.

But our recent research uncovered a fascinating mix between the two modes of reproduction. In an Australian skink, we observed the first example of both egg-laying and live-bearing within a single litter for any backboned animal.

Originally published in The Conversation.

'Jobs for the boys': women don't get a fair go in sports administration

Women in sports administration can be grilled about their ability to balance work and family responsibilities.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Zuckerberg's 'new rules' for the internet must move from words to actions

After years of rejecting calls for increased regulatory oversight of Facebook, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has now called for more cooperation with government in dealing with problems posed by internet platforms and emergent internet technologies.

Originally published in The Conversation.

TikTok is popular, but Chinese apps still have a lot to learn about global markets

TikTok is a music and video sharing app – and it's huge. Denys Prykhodov/Shutterstock

If Twitter is the revolutionary version of blogging, TikTok might be the revolutionary version of YouTube.

Originally published in The Conversation.

India destroys its own satellite with a test missile, still says space is for peace

On March 27, India announced it had successfully conducted an anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test, called “Mission Shakti”. After the United States, Russia and China, India is now the fourth country in the world to have demonstrated this capability.

Originally published in The Conversation.

How DNA ancestry testing can change our ideas of who we are

We’ve underestimated the extent of mixing between ancestral groups throughout human history. from

Have you ever wondered who you are or where you come from?

Originally published in The Conversation.

Why we need to fix encryption laws the tech sector says threaten Australian jobs

Australia’s technology sector is angry. This is because Australia’s encryption legislation clearly shows the government’s lack of understanding and poor consultation process with the wider public and industry stakeholders, big and small.

Originally published in The Conversation.

From the bronze age to food cans, here's how tin changed humanity

Tin comes from the ore cassiterite. Shutterstock/PYP

To mark the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements we’re taking a look at how researchers study some of the elements in their work.

Originally published in The Conversation.

How big tech designs its own rules of ethics to avoid scrutiny and accountability

Data ethics is now a cause célèbre.

“Digital ethics and privacy” shot into research and advisory company Gartner’s top ten strategic technology trends for 2019. Before that it barely raised a mention.

Originally published in The Conversation.