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Robots in health care could lead to a doctorless hospital

Would you trust your child's health to a robot surgeon? Shutterstock/magicinfoto

Imagine your child requires a life-saving operation. You enter the hospital and are confronted with a stark choice.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Asia is the gift that keeps on giving in prehistory

The Siwalik sandstone complex taken in the city of Jawalamukhi, Northern India. Photo courtesy of Dr.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Raising Lady Gaga-ntuan and her (hopefully) world record breaking young

It’s not often you get to raise a clutch of stick insects that can grow to nearly 60cm long. But I was given the rare privilege of doing so recently when I nursed the batch of eggs laid by the longest Australian phasmid, Ctenomorpha gargantua, nicknamed “Lady Gaga-ntuan”.


Originally published in The Conversation.

CSIRO needs to tackle the impact of climate change following its jobs shake-up

CSIRO still needs to focus on preventing the impact of climate change, such as drought, in Australia. CSIRO/Atmospheric Research, CC BY

Given recent history, A


Originally published in The Conversation.

Cyclists: What will you do about doping now?

The use of banned drugs and substances and other prohibited practices – doping – has been a problem at the elite levels of cycling for a very long time. There is evidence now that doping happens in amateur levels of cycling too.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The long hunt for new objects in our expanding solar system

Artist's impression: Looking back 12.9-billion km towards the sun and the inner solar system from Sedna, one of the recently discovered minor planets in the Kuiper belt. NASA, ESA and Adolf Schaller

Recognise these planet names: Vulcan, Neptune


Originally published in The Conversation.

Extinction means more than a loss of species to Australia's delicate ecosystems

Near threatened: The Tasmanian Bettong (_Bettongia gaimardi_) is now part of a plan to save the species and restore a wider conservation area at Mulligans Flat. Wikimedia/JJ Harrison, CC BY-SA


Originally published in The Conversation.

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.