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This unique ancient megabeast had perpetually 'bent' elbows

Imagine going through life with your arms permanently bent and locked at the elbows. Awkward, right?

Until recently we thought the mega-marsupial Palorchestes azael lived exactly like this. This rare, distant relative of the wombat became extinct (along with much of Australia’s megafauna) about 40,000 years ago.


Originally published in The Conversation.

After GameStop, the rise of Dogecoin shows us how memes can move markets

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One of the most difficult problems in finance right now is figuring out the fundamental economic value of cryptocurrencies. And the past week has complicated this further.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Google's and Facebook’s loud appeal to users over the news media bargaining code shows a lack of political power

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Over the past few weeks, Google and Facebook have engaged in desperate attempts to avoid regulation under the Australian government’s proposed mandatory The Conversation.

New CRISPR technology could revolutionise gene therapy, offering new hope to people with genetic diseases

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The day a muddled mob stormed the US Capitol building, a team of American researchers published a paper in Nature that signified a landmark in gene therapy.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Meet Clubhouse, the voice-only social media app setting the internet abuzz

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There’s a new kid on the social media block, and it is making big waves. It is less than a year old, yet is already valued at US$1 billion, and has venture capitalists scrambling to invest.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Apes, robots and men: the life and death of the first space chimp

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On January 31, 1961, an intrepid chimpanzee called Ham was launched on a rocket from Cape Canaveral in the United States, and returned t


Originally published in The Conversation.

Google is leading a vast, covert human experiment. You may be one of the guinea pigs

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On January 13 the Australian Financial Review reported Google had removed some Australian news content from


Originally published in The Conversation.

If Google does pull its search engine out of Australia, there are alternatives

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The Australian government’s push to make Google pay news organisations fo


Originally published in The Conversation.

GameStop: how Redditors played hedge funds for billions (and what might come next)

How does a small retail company that sells video games, worth less than US$400 million in the middle of 2020, become a US$10 billion company in less than six months? How does its share price climb from about US$20 on January 12 2021 to US$347 on January 27 – then fall back to US$193 the very next day?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Ancient marvels: the first shell-crushing predators ground up their prey between their legs

Shell-crushing predation was already in full swing half a billion years ago, as our new research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B reveals.

A hyena devouring an antelope carcass, a bonnethead shark feasting on hard-shelled crabs, a dog chewing on a bone: these are all examples of “durophagy”, which basically means “to eat hard parts”.


Originally published in The Conversation.