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Peer review has some problems – but the science community is working on it

Peer review takes time – around seven to eight hours per paper if done properly. from

Peer review is the central foundation of science.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Rethinking _Homo sapiens_? The story of our origins gets dizzyingly complicated

_Homo sapiens_ evolved in the East African rift valley...but then what happened?

Originally published in The Conversation.

Humankind's odyssey from Africa began more than two million years ago

Looking for food, water and maybe adventure? Unsplash

Can you imagine walking 14,000km? Trekking across wide savannas, down creek beds, along mountain chains in terrain that is new and home to foreign types of plants and animals? Can I eat this?

Originally published in The Conversation.

More of us are opting for 'digital detox' holidays

There is limited mobile reception on Mt Kosciusko in New South Wales. soapboxquip/Flickr, CC BY-NC

John Briggs, a 40-year-old on holiday, texted his wife Shirley: “Loo

Originally published in The Conversation.

Aim for the middle: it could be your best shot for a goal in a penalty shootout

Shoot straight: could be wise words for those looking to score in any penalty shootout. Shutterstock/Eugene Onischenko

Soccer may be a game of two halves, but if neither side wins

Originally published in The Conversation.

Informed consent, individual care vital to ensure reproductive rights of transgender Australians

It's hard to plan for future fertility. from

For any person needing medical care, informed consent is vital.

Originally published in The Conversation.

How video assistant referees could undermine on-field referees at the FIFA World Cup

Video-assistant referees (VAR) were introduced into the FIFA World Cup for the first time this year.

For those who haven’t been paying attention: VAR are a team of off-field officials who can replay and review video of on-field refereeing decisions – particularly those involving goals, goalscoring opportunities, and penalties.

Originally published in The Conversation.

How Australian universities can get better at cyber security

The Australian National University has been working with intelligence agencies to minimise the impact of a cyber attack on its systems. The Conversation.

How imagery and media coverage influence our empathy for strangers

Footage of 12 boys trapped in a cave system in Thailand has inundated our screens in recent days.

Originally published in The Conversation.