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What will Elon Musk's ownership of Twitter mean for 'free speech' on the platform?

Eric Risberg/AP

In a surprise capitulation, the board of Twitter has announced it will support a takeover bid by Elon Musk, the world’s richest person.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Getting ID after exiting prison is harder than you might think. So we built a chatbot to help


Getting out of prison is often assumed to be cause for celebration and a new beginning.

Originally published in The Conversation.

From wolf to chihuahua: new research reveals where the dingo sits on the evolutionary timeline of dogs

Barry Eggleton, Author provided

Many people know modern dogs evolved from the grey wolf. But did you know most of the more than 340 modern dog breeds we have today only emerged within the past 200 years?

Originally published in The Conversation.

Why an edit button for Twitter is not as simple as it seems

Most people who use Twitter have had the experience: you fire off a quick tweet, realise it contains a typo, then get annoyed you can’t click “edit” to fix it. Twitter users have been clamouring for an edit button for years.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Anti-satellite weapons: the US has sworn off tests, and Australia should follow suit

When United States Vice-President Kamala Harris was at the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California earlier this week she said the US would not conduct tests of destructive, direct ascent anti-satellite missiles.

This is the first time any country has made such an explicit commitment, and the US has called for other nations to do the same.

Originally published in The Conversation.

There’s more than one way to grow a baby


In his 1989 book Wonderful Life, evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould famously argu

Originally published in The Conversation.

New research detects pre-eruption warning signals at Whakaari White Island and other active volcanoes

Phil Walter/Getty Images

Scientifically and emotively, we think every volcano has its own “personality”. However, we’ve discovered that volcanoes share behaviour traits – and this could form the basis for an eruption warning system.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Thousands of satellites are polluting Australian skies, and threatening ancient Indigenous astronomy practices


Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples worldwide have observed, tracked and memorised all the visible objects in the night sky.

Originally published in The Conversation.

How to survive a tactical nuclear bomb? Defence experts explain

Launcher with rocket missile on display at the Togliatti Technical museum, Russia. Shutterstock

There has been widespread discussion of Russia’s threat to use tactical

Originally published in The Conversation.

Chemical weapons: how will we know if they have been used in Ukraine?

Russia may have used chemical weapons in its invasion of Ukraine, according to unconfirmed reports from the besieged city of Mariupol last week.

The reports have been taken seriously, with official investigations announced and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons monitoring the situation. To date, however, there is no solid evidence to support these claims.

Originally published in The Conversation.