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This 17,500-year-old kangaroo in the Kimberley is Australia's oldest Aboriginal rock painting

Damien Finch, Author provided

In Western Australia’s northeast Kimberley region, on Balanggarra Country, a two-metre-long painting of a kangaroo spans the sloping ceiling of a rock shelter above the Drysdale River.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The WeChat model: how Facebook's ban could change the business of news

Facebook’s “news ban” in response to Australia’s proposed media bargaining code, has been hard to miss if you’ve spent any time on social networks in the past day or so. The social media platform has effectively halted all posting of links from Australian news pages and stopped people in Australia from posting or viewing international news as well.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Facebook versus Australia: the government hands Facebook a free pass

Kiichiro Sato/AP

The Conversation is a great news site. But, for the most part, people don’t read it like a newspaper.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The heaviest stellar black hole in our galaxy is even more massive than we thought

International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, CC BY-ND

When one of us (Ilya Mandel) started grad school at the California Institute of Technology 20 years ago, he wa


Originally published in The Conversation.

Feel like breaking up with Facebook? Maybe it's time for a social media spring clean

In denying news content to its Australian users, Facebook is arguably overplaying its hand, behaving as a big company that thinks it can intimidate governments.

If it keeps doing this, it will ultimately lose customers, and that’s the last thing Facebook wants.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Facebook's news is gone. Here's where to turn for trusted information

Information is everywhere, right? Well, here in Australia, we now have one less source of news information at our fingertips.

Today, Facebook banned Australian users from posting news links, and sharing or viewing Australian and international news content. This will have a far-reaching impact on many organisations and groups.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Facebook has pulled the trigger on news content — and possibly shot itself in the foot

Michael Reynolds / AAP

Facebook today made good on its threat to block Australians from accessing or posting news content.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why Google is now funnelling millions into media outlets, as Facebook pulls news for Australia

Over the past few days, Google has been inking multimillion-dollar deals to pay media companies for news content that will appear on Google News Showcase.


Originally published in The Conversation.

'7 minutes of terror': a look at the technology Perseverance will need to survive landing on Mars

NASA/JPL-Caltech

This month has been a busy one for Mars exploration.


Originally published in The Conversation.