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How big is the Moon? Let me compare ...

The size of the Moon can be deceptive when viewed from Earth. Flickr/Ovi Gherman, CC BY-NC-ND

Even though we can see the Moon shining brig


Originally published in The Conversation.

When an artist looks at a chemical element, what do they see?

Artists Damon Kowarsky and Hyunju Kim produced a series of 51 artistic interpretations of elements from the Periodic Table.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why the Moon is such a cratered place

Look at the circular patterns on the Moon's surface, as seen from Earth. Flickr/Bob Familiar, CC BY

Look up on a clear night and you can


Originally published in The Conversation.

An electronic chip that makes 'memories' is a step towards creating bionic brains

Researcher Taimur Ahmed holds the newly designed chip. Author provided

What better way to build smarter computer chips than to mimic nature’s most perfect computer – the human brain?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Teeth 'time capsule' reveals that 2 million years ago, early humans breastfed for up to 6 years

The teeth in these _Australopithecus africanus_ skulls contain important evidence about the nutrition of these individuals as they grew up.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: can people live in space?

People do live outside Earth – on the International Space Station!


Originally published in The Conversation.

Extremist mobs? How China's propaganda machine tried to control the message in the Hong Kong protests

When protesters took to the streets in Hong Kong, China's state media had several tactics for how to describe it: some outlets ignored it, while others railed against 'extremists'. Jerome Favre/AAP

As China grows more powerful and influential, our New Superpower series looks at what t


Originally published in The Conversation.

Southeast Asia was crowded with archaic human groups long before we turned up

The ancestral population of modern humans appears to have split as it moved across Asia. Shutterstock

Around 55,000-50,000 years ago, a population of modern huma


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: did the velociraptors have feathers?

Was velociraptor a feathered friend? Here's one artist's impression. Shutterstock

Curious Kids is a series for children.


Originally published in The Conversation.

It's not easy to give a robot a sense of touch

The sense of touch is generally measured by a sensor that can translate a pressure upon it into a small electrical signal. Shutterstock

We have robots that can walk


Originally published in The Conversation.