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Without grandmothers we might not be here at all

Grandmother amusing her young companion in the waiting room of the Greyhound Bus Station, New York City, 07/1947 (National Records and Archives Administration, U.S.). Wikimedia co


Originally published in The Conversation.

The mighty dinosaurs were bugged by other critters

Even Tyrannosaurus rex had to deal with the smaller irritations in life. Pixabay/AnoviJoe, CC BY

Dinosaurs were the dominant group of terrestrial vertebrate animals for more tha


Originally published in The Conversation.

It's complicated. The OECD details problems with Australia's health care system

Artist impression Perth Children's Hospital Department of Health WA

The OECD has this week released a report of their evalua


Originally published in The Conversation.

Your questions answered on artificial intelligence

Have questions about robots and artificial intelligence? Shutterstock

Artificial intelligence and robotics have enjoyed a resurgence of interest, and there is renewed optimism about their place in our future. But what do they mean for us?


Originally published in The Conversation.

The end of Sony's Betamax video tape: but the format wars continue in a digital world

A typical Betamax video tape. Flickr/Gilgongo , CC BY-SA

Sony announced this week that it will stop selling Betamax cassettes fro


Originally published in The Conversation.

Google's release of TensorFlow could be a game-changer in the future of AI

Google's machine learning software already does some pretty amazing things, such as visual translations. TensorFlow

The development of smarter and more pervasive artificial intelligence (AI) is about to shift into overdrive with the The Conversation.

Explainer: what is mass?

You can feel the weight of an object on Earth because of its mass.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Engineers don't just build things, they can help save the world

Dagne Mojo (centre) and Petr Matous (right) discuss resource-conserving technologies with the inhabitants of Arsi Zone, Ethiopia. Tatsuya Ishikawa, Author provided

Engineers like to claim their The Conversation.

Frozen cones on Pluto – the first discovery of ice volcanoes?

Ice Volcanoes on Pluto? NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Ice volcanoes have shaped my life, and until today I didn’t even know if they actually existed.


Originally published in The Conversation.