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From baby blue-tongues to elephant doulas: motherhood across the animal kingdom

Diana Robinson, Author provided

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s a good opportunity to ask what being a mother looks like across the animal kingdom.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Swim like a sea lion, splash like a seal: how evolution engineered nature’s underwater acrobats

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Few fish can outswim a seal. Seals fly through the waves, predators in their natural element. But, unlike fish, seals are air-breathing mammals whose ancestors only returned to the water from a life on land some 30 million years ago.


Originally published in The Conversation.

What are waterspouts, and how do they form? An expert explains

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Waterspouts are extraordinary, impressive weather events.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A cave site in Kenya’s forests reveals the oldest human burial in Africa

Mohammad Javad Shoaee

Africa is often referred to as the cradle of humankind – the birthplace of our species, Homo sapiens.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The first step to curbing COVID vaccine misinformation is finding out who is most vulnerable. Our research sheds some light

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The success of Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout will depend on everyone’s willingness to receive it.


Originally published in The Conversation.

New Chia cryptocurrency promises to be greener than Bitcoin, but may drive up hard drive prices

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It has been a big year for cryptocurrency.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A giant piece of space junk is hurtling towards Earth. Here's how worried you should be

A large piece of space debris, possibly weighing several tonnes, is currently on an uncontrolled reentry phase (that’s space speak for “out of control”), and parts of it are expected to crash down to Earth over the next few weeks.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Sure, video games want to get you hooked on spending. But there's no evidence they can manipulate you

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The ABC’s latest Four Corners report is an investigation into how videogames are “deliberately designed t


Originally published in The Conversation.

Is 'Spot' a good dog? Why we're right to worry about unleashing robot quadrupeds

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When it comes to dancing, pulling a sled, climbing stairs or doing tricks, “Spot” is definitely a good dog.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Humans weren't to blame for the extinction of prehistoric island-dwelling animals

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From the moas of New Zealand to the dodos of Mauritius, humans have hunted many island-dwelling species to extinction in the relatively recent past. But our research reveals humans haven’t always necessarily been agents of ecosystem destruction.


Originally published in The Conversation.