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Tuning in to cosmic radio from the dawn of time

The vast expanse of Western Australia is perfect for radio astronomy. Pete Wheeler, ICRAR

Many wonders of the universe cannot be seen in visible light.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We can't trust common sense but we can trust science

You can't rely on common sense. Shutterstock/ra2studio

When a group of Australians was asked why they believed climate change was not happening, about one in three (36.5%) said it was “common sense”, according to a report published


Originally published in The Conversation.

Queen bees put their workers on 'the pill' to stop them reproducing

These workers are working on behalf of their queen.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why a walk in the woods really does help your body and your soul

There's something in the tree air and it's good for you. Shutterstock/Stokkete

Have you ever wondered why you feel healthier and happier when you stroll through the trees or frolic by the sea? Is it just that you’re spending time away from work, de-stressing and taking in the view?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why would anyone believe the Earth is flat?

The Earth as seen from space -- looks curved from up there. Flickr/NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, CC BY-NC

Belief in a flat Earth seems a bit like the attempt to The Conversation.

How to stop the sexual harassment of women in science: reboot the system

Enough! There is a way to end the harassment of women in science. Shutterstock/Dean Drobot

The culture in astronomy, and in science more broadly, needs a major reboot following revelations early this year of another case of harassment against women by a senior male academic.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Flat wrong: the misunderstood history of flat Earth theories

A 'flat-Earth' map drawn by Orlando Ferguson in 1893. This rendering of a flat Earth still gets some truck today. Wikimedia/Orlando Ferguson

For most people, being described as a “flat Earther” is an insult.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Feeling emotional? Facebook's Reactions finally let you say more than just Like

Facebook Reactions Tim Peterson

Facebook has decided that the Like button is not expressive enough and are going to add 5 new icons, called “Reactions” that Facebook calls “


Originally published in The Conversation.

Corals, crochet and the cosmos: how hyperbolic geometry pervades the universe

The frilly forms of corals and sponges are biological variations of hyperbolic geometry, as seen here on the Great Barrier Reef, near Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Wikimedia/Toby Hudson, CC BY-SA


Originally published in The Conversation.