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Does social media make us more or less lonely? Depends on how you use it

Research by Relationships Australia released in 2018 revealed one in six Australians experience emotional loneliness, which means they lack meaningful relationships in their lives.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We found the world's oldest asteroid strike in Western Australia. It might have triggered a global thaw

The ancient landscape at Yarrabubba preserves traces of the world’s oldest known asteroid impact. Shutterstock

The world’s oldest remaining asteroid crater is at a place called Yarrabubba, southeast of the town of Meekatharra in Western Australia.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australia needs more engineers. And more of them need to be women

Only a small fraction of engineers are women. Shutterstock

Engineering skills underpin the functioning of our societies and economies.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Cousin took a DNA test? Courts could use it to argue you are more likely to commit crimes

DNA from relatives could be used in sentencing offenders. MR Yanukit / Shutterstock

How similar do you think you are to your second cousin? Or your estranged great aunt?


Originally published in The Conversation.

A brain transplant for one of Australia's top telescopes

The 22-metre radio dishes of the ATCA telescope are 30 years old but still work just fine. John Masterson, CC BY-SA

One of Australia’s top telescopes will receive an A$2.6 million upgrade to help


Originally published in The Conversation.

Not bot, not beast: scientists create first ever living, programmable organism

A remarkable combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and biology has produced the world’s first “living robots”.

This week, a research team of roboticists and scientists published their recipe for making a new lifeform called xenobots from stem cells. The term “xeno” comes from the frog cells (Xenopus laevis) used to make them.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Six million hectares of threatened species habitat up in smoke

At least 250 threatened species have had their habitat hit by fires.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australian sea lions are declining. Using drones to check their health can help us understand why

Australian sea lions (Neophoca cinerea) are one of the rarest pinnipeds in the world and they are declining. Jarrod Hodgson, CC BY-ND

Australian sea lions are in


Originally published in The Conversation.

Homosexuality may have evolved for social, not sexual reasons

We propose same-sex attraction evolved to allow greater social integration and stronger same-sex social bonds. SHUTTERSTOCK

How did homosexuality in humans evolve?


Originally published in The Conversation.

The Dish in Parkes is scanning the southern Milky Way, searching for alien signals

The Parkes radio telescope can detect extremely weak signals coming from the most distant parts of the Universe. Shutterstock

For John Sarkissian, operations scientist at the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope, astronomy has been his life’s passion – starting from the age of


Originally published in The Conversation.