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Why DNA tests for Indigenous heritage mean different things in Australia and the US

Last week, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren released a video strongly suggesting two things: she is running for US president in 2020, and she has Native American ancestry.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Tweaking just a few genes in wild plants can create new food crops – but let's get the regulation right

The tomatoes we eat have been carefully bred over generations, but now we can tap into wild varieties. Pixabay/go_see, CC BY

The crops we rely on today have been


Originally published in The Conversation.

Do chatbots have a role to play in suicide prevention?

The suicide rate among young people has increased at an alarming rate over the past 10 years. Shutterstock

Australia’s first suicide prevention The Conversation.

A priest says sceptics should stop demanding proof of climate change, as that's not how science works

An Anglican priest teaching climate change is often asked about the difference between science and faith. Shutterstock/catalina.m

As an Anglican priest teaching in philosophy and in climate change at two universities, I am often asked about the difference between science and my own faith convictions.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Digital diagnosis: How your smartphone or wearable device could forecast illness

Few health care professionals are currently tapping into smarthpone data to inform clinical decisions, but it could help. Shutterstock

What if you could forecast sickness,


Originally published in The Conversation.

Report recommends overhaul of My Health Record, but key changes not supported by Coalition

The opt-out period for My Health Record closes on November 15. Shutterstock

The Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs The Conversation.

Curious Kids: Why do flies vomit on their food?

When a fly’s feeling hungry, it will land on its food and vomit out a mix of saliva and stomach acids. Wikimedia, CC BY-SA

Curious Kids is a series f


Originally published in The Conversation.

Some cybersecurity apps could be worse for privacy than nothing at all

Apple has removed several security tools from the Mac app store after they were found to be collecting unnecessary personal data. Shutterstock

It’s been a busy few weeks for cybersecurity researchers and reporters.


Originally published in The Conversation.

When Thailand and Australia were closer neighbours, tectonically speaking

The beaches of Koh Phangan are set within rocky crags made of granites, the type of rocks studied to piece Thailand to Australia. Romana Dew, Author provided

Thousands of Australians travel to Thailand each year to lie on a beach at Phuket, meditate at a Buddhist temple in


Originally published in The Conversation.