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How the dinosaurs went extinct: asteroid collision triggered potentially deadly volcanic eruptions

An artist's impression of an asteroid about to hit Earth: it's what happens next that could have helped wipe out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. Shutterstock/Mopic

It’s almost 40 years since scientists discovered what wiped out the dinosaurs: an asteroid hitting Earth near modern-day Mex


Originally published in The Conversation.

We've been hacked – so will the data be weaponised to influence election 2019? Here’s what to look for

Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently said both the Australian Parliament and its major political parties were hacked by a “sophisticated state actor.”

This raises concerns that a foreign adversary may be intending to weaponise, or strategically release documents, with an eye towards altering the 2019 election outcome.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Super-recognisers accurately pick out a face in a crowd – but can this skill be taught?

One of these people is on a wanted list for theft. A super-recogniser may pick them at a glance.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: are robots smarter than humans?

Some computers are extremely powerful and can do things better than humans. The Conversation.

Rock art shows early contact with US whalers on Australia's remote northwest coast

Detail of the Connecticut Inscription, with image enhancement. Centre for Rock Art Research and Management database, Author provided

Rock inscriptions made by crews from two North American whaleships in the early 19th century were found superimposed over earlier Aboriginal


Originally published in The Conversation.

Life quickly finds a way: the surprisingly swift end to evolution's big bang

A modern arthropod (the centipede _Cormocephalus_) crawls over its Cambrian 'flatmate' (the trilobite _Estaingia_).

Originally published in The Conversation.

What we risk as humans if we allow gene-edited babies: a philosopher's view

Should parents be allowed to build their babies by design? Shutterstock/cjmacer

A second woman is said to be pregnant with a gene-edited baby in China, according to reports thi


Originally published in The Conversation.

A state actor has targeted Australian political parties – but that shouldn't surprise us

Prime Minister Morrison said there was no evidence of electoral interference linked to a hack of the Australian Parliament House computer network.


Originally published in The Conversation.

'State actor' makes cyber attack on Australian political parties

While the government has not identified the state actor, China is
being blamed.
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“A sophisticated state actor” has hacked the networks of the major
political parties, Prime Minister Scott Mo


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: what makes a shooting star fall?

Make a wish! Shuttershock

Curious Kids is a series for children.


Originally published in The Conversation.