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FactCheck Q&A: do we only have space for about 150 people in our lives?

Author and ecologist Paul Ehrlich, speaking on Q&A. Q&A

The Conversation is fact-checking claims made on Q&A, broadcast Mondays on the ABC at 9:35pm.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Delving deep into caves can teach us about climate past and present

Caves, such as Cathedral Cave at Wellington Caves Reserve, can tell a great deal about past climate. Martin S Andersen, Author provided

Have you ever enjoyed the cool refuge that an underground cave offers from a hot summer’s day?

Originally published in The Conversation.

It's time for an eAustralia Card

A digitally integrated identity card with comprehensive security could simplify many transactions with government and business. Shutterstock

Australian e-government is a long way behind many other developed nations.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Driverless cars will change the way we think of car ownership

This is her first car, and it may be the last one she owns. Shutterstock

The transition to fully driverless cars is still several years away, but vehicle automation has already started to change the way we are thinking about transportation, and

Originally published in The Conversation.

Where we are on the road to driverless cars

The first driverless car tests are set to commence in South Australia this year. Volvo

Who doesn’t like the idea of getting in your car, sitting back finishing off your coffee and reading the paper while the vehicle whisks you to your destination?

Originally published in The Conversation.

$6 billion for Candy Crush highlights the importance of female mobile gamers

Commuter Candy Crush from

Computer game publisher Activision Blizzard has this week announced that they intend to buy King Digital, the makers of “

Originally published in The Conversation.

Elementary new theory on mass extinctions that wiped out life

Many marine reptiles like this nothosaur went extinct at the end of the Triassic, one of five major mass extinction events on Earth. Brian Choo, CC BY-NC


Originally published in The Conversation.

Is that a human or machine driving? Mistaken identity can lead to tragedy

We need to know if we're interacting with a human or a machine. Shutterstock

Many of Shakespeare’s plays depend on mistaken identity. In Twelfth Night, Viola disguises herself as a boy, and is mistaken for her twin brother Sebastian, complicating an already complicated love triangle.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Mungo Man moves to National Museum, but he's still not home

The 40,000-year-old remains of Mungo Man were discovered in 1974 on the southern sector of the eroding Lake Mungo shoreline. Jim Bowler , Author provided

The figure of Mungo Man has emerged with iconic status, not only for Abor

Originally published in The Conversation.

Cold light: astronomers go to the ends of the Earth to see cosmic carbon

The edge of the Horsehead nebula, where it touches the empty space outside it, is rich in carbon. NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

The carbon cycle is central t

Originally published in The Conversation.