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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

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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.

50 years ago: Australia and the Apollo 8 mission that sent a Christmas message from the Moon

The role downunder played in helping track the Apollo 8 mission to the Moon.


Originally published in The Conversation.

DNA from ancient Aboriginal Australian remains enables their return to Country

Indigenous Australians must be involved in research around provenance and country. Here, representatives of the Willandra Aboriginal Elders visit the Griffith University ancient DNA laboratory.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Unpacking the history of how Earth feeds life, and life changes Earth

From the largest whales to the smallest plankton and microscopic life, we're all tightly connected to planet Earth.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Dramatic advances in forensics expose the need for genetic data legislation

The issues surrounding the use of genetic data are complex. image created by James Hereward and Caitlin Curtis

Many people first became familiar with DNA testing through its use in the OJ Simpson murder trial in 1994.


Originally published in The Conversation.

New guidelines for responding to cyber attacks don't go far enough

If Australia's electricity grid was targeted by cyber attack the fall out could be severe. Shutterstock

Debates about cyber security in Australia over the past few weeks h


Originally published in The Conversation.