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Who is (probably) today's best male tennis player?

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When you ask that question, three names come to mind: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Under the moonlight: a little light and shade helps larval fish to grow at night

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At night on any one of hundreds of coral reefs across the tropical Pacific, larval fish just below the sea surface are gambling on their chances of survival.


Originally published in The Conversation.

These distant 'baby' black holes seem to be misbehaving — and experts are perplexed

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Radio images of the sky have revealed hundreds of “baby” and supermassive black holes in distant ga


Originally published in The Conversation.

What's next for Amazon after Jeff Bezos? No dramatic changes, just more growth and optimisation

Jeff Bezos has announced he will stand down as chief executive of Amazon in the third quarter of 2021. The founder of the online retail behemoth will hand the reins to Andy Jassy, who currently leads Amazon’s cloud computing wing.


Originally published in The Conversation.

This unique ancient megabeast had perpetually 'bent' elbows

Imagine going through life with your arms permanently bent and locked at the elbows. Awkward, right?

Until recently we thought the mega-marsupial Palorchestes azael lived exactly like this. This rare, distant relative of the wombat became extinct (along with much of Australia’s megafauna) about 40,000 years ago.


Originally published in The Conversation.

After GameStop, the rise of Dogecoin shows us how memes can move markets

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One of the most difficult problems in finance right now is figuring out the fundamental economic value of cryptocurrencies. And the past week has complicated this further.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Google's and Facebook’s loud appeal to users over the news media bargaining code shows a lack of political power

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Over the past few weeks, Google and Facebook have engaged in desperate attempts to avoid regulation under the Australian government’s proposed mandatory The Conversation.

New CRISPR technology could revolutionise gene therapy, offering new hope to people with genetic diseases

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The day a muddled mob stormed the US Capitol building, a team of American researchers published a paper in Nature that signified a landmark in gene therapy.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Meet Clubhouse, the voice-only social media app setting the internet abuzz

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There’s a new kid on the social media block, and it is making big waves. It is less than a year old, yet is already valued at US$1 billion, and has venture capitalists scrambling to invest.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Apes, robots and men: the life and death of the first space chimp

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On January 31, 1961, an intrepid chimpanzee called Ham was launched on a rocket from Cape Canaveral in the United States, and returned t


Originally published in The Conversation.