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NASA's planet-hunting spacecraft TESS is now on its mission to search for new worlds

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) successfully launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9. NASA Television

The latest of NASA‘s incredible planet-hunting space telescopes was laun


Originally published in The Conversation.

Tech giants are battling it out to supply the global internet - here's why that's a problem

The US Federal Communications Commission last month granted Elon Musk’s SpaceX permission to launch 4,425 satellites that will provide affordable high speed broadband internet to consumers.

The Starlink network will be accessible in the US and around the world – including in areas where the internet is currently unavailable or unreliable.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Sharp claws helped ancient seals conquer the oceans

Wild grey seal eating a large Atlantic salmon after first peeling back the skin using its teeth and claws. Robert Harris, Author provided

If you’ve ever seen seals frolicking in the water, you know they are agile swimmers, with perfectly adapted paddle-like limbs.


Originally published in The Conversation.

In an ant's world, the smaller you are the harder it is to see obstacles

How much an ant can see depends on its size. Flickr/photochem PA, CC BY

Look around your home or garden, or while out for a walk in the bush, and you’ll soon find plenty of


Originally published in The Conversation.

The public has a vital role to play in preventing future cyber attacks

Numerous cyber attacks in recent years have targeted common household devices, such as routers. Shutterstock

Up to 400 Australian organisatio


Originally published in The Conversation.

Science isn't broken, but we can do better: here's how

The Golden Age of science is in the future. Joker/Shutterstock

Every time a scandal breaks in one of the thousands of places where research is conducted across the world, we see headlines to the effect that “The Conversation.

How the Pilbara was formed more than 3 billion years ago

In the field studying the rock association in the Doolena Gap greenstone belt, 30 km north of Marble bar in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. David Murphy, Author provided

The remote Pilbara region of northern Western Australia is one of Earth’s oldest blocks of cont


Originally published in The Conversation.

What children can teach us about looking after the environment

6-year-olds have the social skills to cooperatively overcome the competition of a resource dilemma. from www.shutterstock.com

United States President Donald Trump sparked outrage last year when he


Originally published in The Conversation.

Plants use advertising-like strategies to attract bees with colour and scent

A honeybee (left), a scarab beetle (middle), and a fly (right) feeding on flowers of the white rock rose in a Mediterranean scrubland.
Aphrodite Kantsa., Author provided

Watching plants and pollinators such as bees can teach us a lot about how complex networks work in natu


Originally published in The Conversation.

Shadow profiles - Facebook knows about you, even if you're not on Facebook

Facebook’s founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg faced two days of grilling before US politicians this week, following concerns over how his company deals with people’s data.

But the data Facebook has on people who are not signed up to the social media giant also came under scrutiny.

During Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony he claimed to be ignorant of what are known as “shadow profiles”.


Originally published in The Conversation.