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Rock art shows early contact with US whalers on Australia's remote northwest coast

Detail of the Connecticut Inscription, with image enhancement. Centre for Rock Art Research and Management database, Author provided

Rock inscriptions made by crews from two North American whaleships in the early 19th century were found superimposed over earlier Aboriginal


Originally published in The Conversation.

Life quickly finds a way: the surprisingly swift end to evolution's big bang

A modern arthropod (the centipede _Cormocephalus_) crawls over its Cambrian 'flatmate' (the trilobite _Estaingia_).

Originally published in The Conversation.

What we risk as humans if we allow gene-edited babies: a philosopher's view

Should parents be allowed to build their babies by design? Shutterstock/cjmacer

A second woman is said to be pregnant with a gene-edited baby in China, according to reports thi


Originally published in The Conversation.

A state actor has targeted Australian political parties – but that shouldn't surprise us

Prime Minister Morrison said there was no evidence of electoral interference linked to a hack of the Australian Parliament House computer network.


Originally published in The Conversation.

'State actor' makes cyber attack on Australian political parties

While the government has not identified the state actor, China is
being blamed.
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“A sophisticated state actor” has hacked the networks of the major
political parties, Prime Minister Scott Mo


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: what makes a shooting star fall?

Make a wish! Shuttershock

Curious Kids is a series for children.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Just like HAL, your voice assistant isn't working for you even if it feels like it is

Space suits from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey on display at the Stanley Kubrick exhibition in LA. The Conversation.

Australia: well placed to join the Moon mining race ... or is it?

The Moon could be mined for water. NASA/JPL

It’s 50 years since man first stepped on the Moon. Now the focus is on going back to our nearest orbiting neighbour – not to leave footprints, but to mine the place.


Originally published in The Conversation.

You need more than just testes to make a penis

Testosterone is primarily made in the testes, and creates many of the characteristics we see in adult men.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Male teachers are most likely to rate highly in university student feedback

Students are invited to give feedback on teachers performance at Australian universities.


Originally published in The Conversation.