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We must include more women in physics — it would help the whole of humanity

Prajval Shastri, Author provided

All around the world, there is an extreme gender imbalance in physics, in both academia and industry.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Is the truth out there? How the Harvard-based Galileo Project will search the skies for alien technology


Can we find alien technology? That is the ambitious goal of the Galileo Project, launched this week by Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb with substantial private financial backing.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Vaccine selfies may seem trivial, but they show people doing their civic duty — and probably encourage others too


Have you been vaccinated yet? And if you have, are you one of a growing number of people who posted a selfie on social media afterwards?

Originally published in The Conversation.

What Olympic gymnasts can teach us about improving our balance

The acrobatic handsprings, somersaults and twists performed by world-class gymnasts at the Tokyo Olympics are among the most complex skills humans can perform.

But at their heart is an instinctive process that can help teach us mere mortals how to stay safe from falls as we move much less spectacularly around our own environment.

To complete acrobatic manoeuvres, gymnasts need energy. In most cases, this energy comes from the jump performed at the start of the element, often after a run-up to gain momentum.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Public protest or selfish ratbaggery? Why free speech doesn't give you the right to endanger other people's health

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in major Australian cities at the weekend, to protest the rolling lockdowns that have formed a central part of the government response to the COVID pandemic.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Ancient brains: a look inside the extraordinary preservation of a 310-million-year-old nervous system

Javier Ortega-Hernández, Author provided

Charles Darwin famously discussed the “imperfections” of the geological record in his book On The Origin of Species.

Originally published in The Conversation.

How the Groundhog Day grind of lockdown scrambles your memory and sense of time


With roughly half of Australia in lockdown at the moment, a common experience is a warped sense of time and poor memory. What day is it? What week is it? Did I go to the supermarket yesterday, or was it the day before?

Originally published in The Conversation.

How do Olympic athletes stack up against invertebrates? Not very well

Andreas Karyadi / Shutterstock

Olympians spend years training to be the best of the best.

Originally published in The Conversation.

How a bee sees: tiny bumps on flower petals give them their intense colour — and help them survive

Scarlett Howard, Author provided

The intense colours of flowers have inspired us for centuries.

Originally published in The Conversation.

'Anorexia coach': sexual predators online are targeting teens wanting to lose weight. Platforms are looking the other way

Author provided

There’s no shortage of people online looking to exploit and manipulate the vulnerable among us. One such group is anorexia coaches, or “anacoaches”.

Originally published in The Conversation.