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Tennis, running, netball: do I really need a specific shoe for a specific sport?

Parents can fork out big bucks for different shoes for different sports for their children.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How Australia’s Mandarin speakers get their news

WeChat is a Chinese social media platform, similar to Facebook. Shutterstock

The question of how much influence the Chinese government wields on the Mandarin-speaking community


Originally published in The Conversation.

It looks like an anchovy fillet but this ancient creature helps us understand how DNA works

'Amphy' has features of both simple and more complex forms of life – and so can help us understand important steps in evolution.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Fresh urgency in mapping out ethics of brain organoid research

Researchers have grown groups of brain cells in the lab – known as 'organoids' – that produce brain waves resembling those found in premature infants. from www.shutterstock.com


Originally published in The Conversation.

A/B testing: how offline businesses are learning from Google to improve profits

Every time you access an internet site or app, you could be an unwitting subject of an A/B test. Shutterstock

The market testing that helped give us the Google se


Originally published in The Conversation.

Your riding position can give you an advantage in a road cycling sprint

Many professional road cycling events are hundreds of kilometres long, but the final placings are often decided by what happens in the last few seconds of any race stage.

New research shows that a rider can gain up to an extra 5kph advantage in those final sprint seconds, and it all depends on how they position themselves on their bicycle.

That can be enough to make the difference between winning or losing a race.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: How do remote controls work?

How many times have you heard "get out of the way!" when someone is trying to change the channel? Willemvdk/flickr, CC BY

This is an article f


Originally published in The Conversation.

Cool for cats: that spiny tongue does more than keep a cat well groomed

A domestic cat grooming its fur. Image courtesy of Candler Hobbs (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta).

Have you ever been licked by a cat? If so you’ll know the feline tongue feels more like sandpaper than satin.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Violence towards women in the video game Red Dead Redemption 2 evokes toxic masculinity

Rockstar Games has been criticised in the past for stereotypical portrayals of female characters in its games. Shutterstock

It’s common practice in the world of gaming for s


Originally published in The Conversation.

It's the right time to review the world's chemical weapons convention

Chemical weapons in civilian attacks;: Novichok decontamination work in the area where Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found poisoned and unconscious in Salisbury, UK. Shutterstock/Amani A

The chemical weapons convention (CWC) is one of th


Originally published in The Conversation.