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What makes you a man or a woman? Geneticist Jenny Graves explains

It's just a tiny part of the Y chromosome that kickstarts the development of testes.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Aboriginal people lived in Australia's desert interior 50,000 years ago, earlier than first thought

Karnatukul during excavation in 2014, note the square holes dug below the rock walls.. Peter Veth, Author provided

New evidence shows that people have lived inland in Western Australia for more than 50,000 years.

Originally published in The Conversation.

'Walking into a headwind' – what it feels like for women building science careers

The culture of science is premised on the idea that there are no barriers; that everybody is treated equally as long as they put in the effort. from

Australia’s parliament has a problem The Conversation.

It's teamwork: how dolphins learn to work together for rewards

Two bottlenose dolphins (_Tursiops truncatus_) cooperate in a button-pressing task requiring precise behavioural synchronization. Dolphin Research Center, Author provided

Cooperation can be found across the animal kingdom, in behaviours such as The Conversation.

Do you 'zombie check' your phone? How new tools can help you control technology over-use

Do you pull out your phone the instance you're bored? You're a zombie checker.

Originally published in The Conversation.

How understanding animal behaviour can liberate us from gender inequality

On average, women tend to behave more submissively than men. Tam Wai/Unsplash, CC BY

Gender inequality is very real in 2018.

Originally published in The Conversation.

There's a gap between what people expect when they report cybercrime, and what police can deliver

When victims report a cybercrime they expect someone brought to justice, but that's not always possible. Flickr/Blogtrepreneur, CC BY

Two thirds of victims of cyberc

Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: How do you know that we aren't in virtual reality right now?

Is this the real life? Or is this just fantasy?

Originally published in The Conversation.

An artist's surreal view of Australia – created from satellite data captured 700km above Earth

Infrared and visible light satellite data is recoloured to produce striking images of Australia. Grayson Cooke , Author provided

There are more than 4,800 satellites orbiting Earth.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Vital for life, heat and power – what you never knew about salt water

Salt water is fun to swim in – but it also carries the electrical signals vital for life.

Originally published in The Conversation.