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The Dreamtime, science and narratives of Indigenous Australia

Lake Mungo and the surrounding Willandra Lakes of NSW were established around 150,000 years ago.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Facebook gets into dating, but there's little scientific evidence online personality matching works

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook Dating during his keynote address at Facebook's F8 developer conference. Facebook

One of the biggest reveals of Facebook’s F8 developer conference so far has been that it is planning on


Originally published in The Conversation.

A DNA test says you’ve got Indigenous Australian ancestry. Now what?

Families have secrets - and sometimes we don't know our complete genetic histories.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Rhino fossil rewrites the earliest human history of the Philippines

Excavations at Kalinga in Luzon's Cagayan Valley (Philippines). G.D. van den Bergh, Author provided

A dig in Luzon, an island in the northern Philippines, has uncovered fossils of an “Ice Age” rhinoceros that was butchered around 700,000 years ago.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why decisions to desex male dogs just got more complicated

Golden retriever puppies, among Australia's favourite pet dogs. Shutterstock/BIGANDT.COM

Behavioural problems in male dogs may be affected by how early in their life they are desexed, according to a study publishe


Originally published in The Conversation.

DNA facial prediction could make protecting your privacy more difficult

The science of DNA facial reconstruction is advancing rapidly. Composite from Parabon and PNAS

Technologies for amplifying, sequencing and matching DNA have created new opportunities in genomic science.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Is your genome really your own? The public and forensic value of DNA

Females who remain unidentified at the time of burial are named 'Jane Doe'. Findagrave

Technologies for amplifying, sequencing and matching DNA have created new opportunities in genomic science.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Soft terms like 'open' and 'sharing' don't tell the true story of your data

Advances in machine learning may allow data that is de-identified now to be re-dentified in the future.


Originally published in The Conversation.

eSports are shifting the focus of Australia's sporting passion

The Intel Extreme Masters taking place in Sydney from May 4-6 will see 16 international teams battle it out over three days at Sydney Olympic Park for A$310,000 in prize money. Instead of competing physically for victory on a field, players will compete virtually in a first-person shooter video game called Counter-Strike: Global Offensive displayed on a giant screen.


Originally published in The Conversation.