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Land ahoy: study shows the first continents bobbed to the surface more than 3 billion years ago

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Most people know that the land masses on which we all live represent just 30% of Earth’s surface, and the rest is covered by oceans.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Astroworld tragedy: here's how concert organisers can prevent big crowds turning deadly

A fatal crowd surge during a performance by US rapper Travis Scott on Friday night has become one of the deadliest live music incidents in recent years.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Cleo Smith case: how 'cognitive interviewing' can help police compile the most reliable evidence

With Cleo Smith safely returned to her family, and charges laid against her alleged abductor, much of the media’s focus has now turned to the question of how police can best piece together the details of what exactly happened to her during the 18 days she was missing.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: what is energy made of?

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What is energy made of? — Ela, age 8, Melbourne


Originally published in The Conversation.

Clouds in a new light: rejected satellite data gives a fresh view of our floating companions

Grayson Cooke, Author provided

Clouds have been objects of reverie and wonder throughout human history, inspiring art and imagination, and of course warning of extreme weather events.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The endangered condor surprised researchers by producing fatherless chicks. Could 'virgin birth' rescue the species?

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Virgin birth – which involves the development of an unfertilised egg – has preoccupied humans for aeons.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Professor who tweeted the coronavirus genome, paving the way for new vaccines, scoops major Australian science award

Louise Cooper/University of Sydney

The role played by University of Sydney Professor Edward Holmes in the COVID pandemic is already the stuff of legend.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australia is putting a rover on the Moon in 2024 to search for water

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Last month the Australian Space Agency announced plans to send an Australian-made rover to the Moon by as


Originally published in The Conversation.

Specks of dust on the microscope slide? No, we are looking at the building blocks of our genome

The genome of the spiny-tailed monitor is divided up into 8 big macochromosomes and 10 tiny microchromosomes huddled in the middle. Jason Dobry, Author provided

If you look at cells from a human or other mammal under a microscope, you’ll see big f


Originally published in The Conversation.

The hunt for 'sterile neutrinos': a new experiment has dashed hopes of an undiscovered particle

Reidar Hahn / Fermilab

Physicists searching for evidence of a “light sterile neutrino”, a hypothetical particle that could give clues to cosmic puzzles such as the nature of dark matter and why th


Originally published in The Conversation.