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Digital inequality: why can I enter your building – but your website shows me the door?


When people hear the term “accessibility” in the context of disability, most will see images of ramps, automatic doors, elevators, or tactile paving (textured ground which helps vision impaired people navigate public spaces).

Originally published in The Conversation.

Humans have big plans for mining in space – but there are many things holding us back


Like Earth, planetary bodies such as the Moon, Mars, asteroids and comets contain substantial deposits of valuable resources.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Baby oysters follow the crackling sound of snapping shrimp

Oksana Maksymova/Shutterstock

Though oysters may be brainless bivalves, they can “hear” and swim towards attractive sounds of the sea.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Tug of war between survival and reproductive fitness: how chameleons become brighter without predators around

Martin Whiting, Author provided

Invasive species offer a rare research opportunity, as they often colonise new environments very different to their native habitat.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Australia's future depends on science. Here's what our next government needs to do about it

The longer you live through a crisis, the less likely you are to fully appreciate that you’re in one. This is especially true if there is more than one crisis, and they overlap.

In Australia, we’ve experienced several in the past few years: bushfires and floods turbo-charged by climate change, and an enduring pandemic. These events have all taken place during my time as President of the Australian Academy of Science. As my term draws to a close, I’ve paused to reflect on how we’ve managed these overlapping events.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Stuff-up or conspiracy? Whistleblowers claim Facebook deliberately let important non-news pages go down in news blackout


On Friday, the Wall Street Journal published information from Facebook whistleblowers, alleging Facebook (which is owned by Meta) deliberately caused havoc in Australia last year The Conversation.

How a volcanic bombardment in ancient Australia led to the world's greatest climate catastrophe

Artwork by Katrina Kenny © 2022, Author provided

Some 252 million years ago the world was going through a tumultuous period of rapid global warming.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Meet the territorial females and matriarchs in Australia's backyard

Linda Reinhold/Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA, Author provided

Social structure is an important aspect of species’ biology.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Beyond angry protesters and inked arms, there's this First Nations story of the Southern Cross – one of unity and belonging

Southern Cross constellation in the night's sky. Wikimedia Commons, CC BY

Can the Southern Cross represent Australian identity?

Originally published in The Conversation.