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East Asia makes a comeback in the human evolution stakes

Facial reconstruction of Homo erectus from China. Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

Archaeological discoveries in East Asia over the last decade or so have

Originally published in The Conversation.

Mysterious blobs in our Milky Way could be part of the missing matter

A plethora of missing matter problems besieges astronomy. Most famously, dark matter, which was postulated to solve the problem of why galaxies spin so fast (among other things), is thought to comprise some 23% of the mass-energy of the universe.

It is yet to be detected by direct means and remains one of the most significant puzzles in modern astronomy and physics.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Somewhere out there could be a giant new planet in our solar system: so where is it?

Artist rendered distant view from Planet Nine back towards the sun. Caltech/R.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Hack attack on a hospital IT system highlights the risk of still running Windows XP

An out of date operating system can let the hackers in to your computer network. Flickr/Don Hankins, CC BY

A virus attack on the computer system of one of Melbourne’s largest hospital net

Originally published in The Conversation.

Science fact vs fiction in Star Wars and other sci-fi movies: relax, and enjoy the entertainment

The X-wing fighters have been criticised for doing World War II dogfights in space. YouTube/Star Wars (screen grab)

It’s a month since the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and for pedants there’s much to find

Originally published in The Conversation.

Digital death is still a problem. A widow's battle to access her husband's Apple account

Digital Death

It comes as a shock to many when they realise that the apps and content on their computers and mobile devices are not their property to do with as they wish. This mostly becomes an issue when someone dies and the relatives try and get access to apps, accounts and content.

Originally published in The Conversation.

A genetic approach to mosquitoes can stop them spreading infections

Why do mosquitoes not suffer from the infections they pass on? Shutterstock/chakkrachai nicharat

Summer is the time of year when we head out for trips to the beach or picnics in the park. But we need to keep in mind that this is also when mosquito season reaches its peak.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Game, set and scandal: the winners and losers amid claims of match-fixing in tennis

Who wants to gamble on a sport if they know the result has been fixed before the game is played? Shutterstock/Lucky Business

The BBC and BuzzFeed News say they have access to secret f

Originally published in The Conversation.

Digital diagnosis: intelligent machines do a better job than humans

It takes time for a human to become good at diagnosing ailments, but that learning is lost when they retire. Shutterstock/Poprotskiy Alexey

Until now, medicine has been a prestigious and often The Conversation.

Even if Netflix is serious about blocking VPNs, it is unlikely to succeed

Netflix's Global Audience Author and Netflix

Netflix has sent the world into a frenzy of anxiety by announcing through their The Conversation.