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Facebook's new Messenger Kids app could be good for digital literacy

Facebook's Messenger Kids has sparked debate about what age children should be using messaging apps. Shutterstock.com

Facebook is trialling a new The Conversation.

From robots to board games, it's easy to do science this Christmas

Beebots are robots that kids can easily program, with direct feedback seen in where the robot goes.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australian tech start-ups stand to lose out in proposed copyright reforms

YouTube and Facebook are protected from Australia's copyright laws, since they already operate within the US safe harbours.


Originally published in The Conversation.

World's scientists turn to Asia and Australia to rewrite human history

Indigenous Australians created elaborate rock art, as shown here in Arnhem Land. P. Taçon , Author provided

Where did we humans come from?

Some 40 or so years ago, our origins seemed quite straight forward.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A new species of marsupial lion tells us about Australia's past

An artist's impression of the _Wakaleo schouteni_ marsupial 'lion' challenging a thylacine over the carcass of a kangaroo in the early Miocene rainforest of Riversleigh. Peter Schouten, Author provided

My colleagues and I have discovered a The Conversation.

Travelling these holidays? Follow tips the Socceroos use to conquer jet lag

Managing sleep and time zones can take the fun out of Christmas travel. from www.shutterstock.com

Long-haul flights over several time zones present two main challenges:


Originally published in The Conversation.

What consumers need from the ACCC inquiry into Google and Facebook

Sometimes it's not clear to the consumer how Google search results come about, and what they show.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How the law responds when emoji are the weapon of choice

A judge sent a New Zealand man to jail for threatening his ex-partner through the use of emoji in a message. from www.shutterstock.com

Nearly everyone is familiar with emoji, tho


Originally published in The Conversation.

It's time to talk about who can access your digital genomic data

The genome is becoming the unit of currency for all kinds of genetic testing.


Originally published in The Conversation.