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In a land of ancient giants, these small oddball seals once called Australia home

Artwork by Peter Trusler, Author provided

When most of us think of the prehistoric past, we envision a world of bizarre, often fearsome giants.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The story of #DanLiedPeopleDied: how a hashtag reveals Australia's 'information disorder' problem

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At midday on August 12 2020, the hashtag #DanLiedPeopleDied started trending on Twitter. By evening it had attracted over 10,000 tweets.


Originally published in The Conversation.

From Kangaroo Island to Mallacoota, citizen scientists proved vital to Australia's bushfire recovery

Following the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20, many people throughout Australia, and across the world, wanted to know how they could help in response to the environmental disaster.

Hundreds contacted the Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA), Australia’s peak citizen science body, for guidance on how to participate in relevant scientific projects.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why New Zealand needs to focus on genome sequencing to trace the source of its new COVID-19 outbreak

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Genetic surveillance — a technology that uses the genetic fingerprint of a virus to track its spread — is part of the public health response to New Zealand’s new COVID-19 community outbreak and could help pinpoint its source


Originally published in The Conversation.

Early and mid-career scientists face a bleak future in the wake of the pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on research in Australia.


Originally published in The Conversation.

From cave art to climate chaos: how a new carbon dating timeline is changing our view of history

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Geological and archaeological records offer important insights into what seems to be an increasingly uncertain future.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Coronavirus misinformation is a global issue, but which myth you fall for likely depends on where you live

In February, major social media platforms attended a meeting hosted by the World Health Organisation to address coronavirus misinformation. The aim was to catalyse the fight against what the United Nations has called an “infodemic”.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Can ageing really be 'treated' or 'cured'? An evolutionary biologist explains

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As time passes, our fertility declines and our bodies start to fail. These natural changes are what we call ageing.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Slow to adjust to the pandemic's 'new normal'? Don't worry, your brain's just learning new skills

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As COVID-19 lockdowns were introduced, we all suddenly had to find new ways of doing things.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How the shady world of the data industry strips away our freedoms

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The recent questioning of the heads of Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple in the US Congress has highlighted the The Conversation.