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Asteroid 2018 VP₁ may be heading for Earth. But there's no need to worry

Asteroid 2018 VP1 itself is too small and far away to see clearly, so here's an artist's impression of a near-Earth object. NASA / JPL-Caltech

Social media around the world lit up over the weekend, discussing the possibility that an asteroid (known as 2018 VP₁) could

Originally published in The Conversation.

A new quantum paradox throws the foundations of observed reality into question

Anthony Dunnigan, CC BY-NC-ND

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Perhaps not, some say.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: how do bees make honey?

Worker bees with capped brood (brown), open brood (white larva), all sorts of coloured pollen and shiny fresh nectar. Cooper Schouten, Author provided

How do bees make honey?

Originally published in The Conversation.

Ancient faces, familiar feelings: expressions may be recognisable across time and cultures

Mauricio Marat, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia

Human faces are arguably the most important things we see. We are quick to detect them in any scene, and they command our attention.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Apple, Google and Fortnite's stoush is a classic case of how far big tech will go to retain power


There has been a clash of clans in mobile gaming, with angry birds Apple, Google and Epic Games in a saga over in-app payments.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Stone tools from a remote cave reveal how island-hopping humans made a living in the jungle millennia ago

ANU, Author provided

Prehistoric axes and beads found in caves on a remote Indonesian island suggest this was a crucial staging post for seafaring people who lived in this region as the last ice age was coming to an

Originally published in The Conversation.

The Tasmanian tiger was hunted to extinction as a 'large predator' – but it was only half as heavy as we thought

Smithsonian Institution/colourised by D.S. Rovinsky

Until it was hunted to extinction, the thylacine – also known as the Tasmanian tiger or Tasmanian wolf – was the world’s largest marsupial predator.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Aristotle and the chatbot: how ancient rules of logic could make artificial intelligence more human

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino

Many attempts to develop artificial intelligence are powered by powerful systems of mathematical logic.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Google's 'open letter' is trying to scare Australians. The company simply doesn't want to pay for news

If you went to use Google yesterday, you may have been met with a pop-up, warning that the tech giant’s functionality was “at risk” from new Australian government regulation.

Originally published in The Conversation.

In a land of ancient giants, these small oddball seals once called Australia home

Artwork by Peter Trusler, Author provided

When most of us think of the prehistoric past, we envision a world of bizarre, often fearsome giants.

Originally published in The Conversation.