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Australian archaeologists dropped the term 'Stone Age' decades ago, and so should you

The use of stone tools is evidence of technnological sophistication. Shutterstock/iurii

“Stone Age” is a term often used to refer to early periods in human cultural evolution, when deliberately manufactured sharp stone flakes were the main cutting tool.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: Do butterflies remember being caterpillars?

Inside the pupa (or chrysalis), the caterpillar actually turns to liquid as it transforms into a butterfly or moth. Shutterstock

This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Holding big tech companies to account: do their employees have the power?

When the workforce recolts. Sshutterstock/Alexandr III

When it comes to the tech giant Google, secret plans to launch a new search service in China prompted a furious reaction from more than 1,400 of the company’s employees.


Originally published in The Conversation.

More than just a sparkling gem: what you didn't know about diamonds

My favourite gem is an occasional series in which we ask a scientist to share the fascinating geological and social features of a beautiful rock.


They’re made of carbon – but there’s something almost supernatural about diamonds.

Just the word diamond invokes luxury, desirability and toughness. Yet when we think of the element carbon we are more likely to think of charcoal; soft, black, opaque, earthy, light-weight.


Originally published in The Conversation.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it: Australia should stay away from electronic voting

Russia was behind an enormous effort to influence politics in the US and the UK, but was Australia targeted too? In this series, Hacking #auspol, we explore how covert foreign influence operates in Australia, and what we can do about it.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Ancient teenager the first known person with parents of two different species

We don't have the full skeleton of a Denisovan so we don't really know what they looked like.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Russian trolls targeted Australian voters on Twitter via #auspol and #MH17

Network map of accounts within #auspol tweets mentioning or linking to Russian propaganda outlets, Sputnik and RT, May 4 – July 30, 2018. Author provided

Russia was behind an enormous effort to influence politics in the US and the UK, but was Australia targeted too?


Originally published in The Conversation.

I've Always Wondered: could someone take ownership of a planet or a moon?

This is an article from I’ve Always Wondered, a series where readers send in questions they’d like an expert to answer. Send your question to alwayswondered@theconversation.edu.au


I have always wondered, in a distant future when humanity is able to settle permanently on a distant body (such as planet, moon or rocky body), are there any current legal frameworks that could be applied as a precedent for such individuals to “take ownership” of that body and its resources? – Daniel, Croydon, Australia


Originally published in The Conversation.

What do your earliest childhood memories say about you?

The experience "this happened to me" is stronger than "this happened" in memory formation.


Originally published in The Conversation.