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Expect a shakeup of China’s military elite at the 19th Party Congress

On October 18, the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will begin, and China’s military will be in the spotlight.

As well as laying out the nation’s direction for the next five years and appointing its top political leaders, it’s expected that the Congress will confirm the wholesale change of China’s military elite that has been underway for the past several years.


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Originally published in The Conversation.

#LstTxt&Tstmnt: how an unsent text message could cut you out of an inheritance

An unsent text message can be a will, an Australian court has decided. Dragon Images/Shutterstock

The unsent text message read:


Originally published in The Conversation.

Don't ignore the mobility scooter. It may just be the future of transport

Mobility scooter user Linda Thompson. Paul Jones/University of Wollongong, Author provided

Nationals senator John Williams wants to limit the speed of mob


Originally published in The Conversation.

Looking into their computer-generated eyes: dating in virtual reality

So, will VR dating be a thing? TierneyMJ/Shutterstock

Online dating has been around for more than 20 years, but for the most part, the goal has been to eventually meet your new pa


Originally published in The Conversation.

New research reveals the origin of Australia’s extinct flightless giants, the mihirung birds

A pair of _Dromornis planei_, an extinct mihirung bird from Australia, weighed a massive 300 kilograms. Brian Choo, Author provided

Australia’s living flightless birds - the emu and close relative the cassowary - once roamed alongside much larger birds that resembled dinosa


Originally published in The Conversation.

The Great Barrier Reef can repair itself, with a little help from science

How the Great Barrier Reef can be helped to help repair the damaged reef. AIMS/Neal Cantin, CC BY-ND

The Great Barrier Reef is suffering from recent unprecedented coral bleaching events.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Northern exposure: fossils of a southern whale found for the first time in the north

The pygmy right whale, _Caperea marginata_, at sea. Robert Pitman, Author provided

Ancient fossils of a whale species thought to be found only in southern waters have been discovered at northern sites in Japan and Italy.


Originally published in The Conversation.

El Niño in the Pacific has an impact on dolphins over in Western Australia

Leaping bottlenose dolphins. Kate Sprogis/MUCRU, Author provided

Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) are a regular sight in the waters around Australia


Originally published in The Conversation.