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Design and repair must work together to undo our legacy of waste

Apple’s industrial design has played a fundamental role in transforming computers from machines for tinkerers into desirable objects of self-actualisation Shutterstock

Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: why is the Sun orange when white stars are the hottest?

It's true the Sun often looks orange, but it isn't really orange.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Most adults have never heard of TikTok. That's by design

Children's engagement with digital devices is often driven by their desire for creative expression, entertainment and social interaction. Shutterstock

TikTok is one of the fastest growing social media platforms on the planet, with more than The Conversation.

Earth's core has been leaking for billions of years

Earth’s magnetic field protects and makes our planet habitable by stopping harmful high-energy particles from space, including from the Sun. The source of this magnetic field is the core at the centre of our planet.

But the core is very difficult to study, partly because it starts at a depth of about 2,900 kilometres, making it too deep to sample and directly investigate.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Footprints on the Moon and cemeteries on Mars: interview with space archaeologist Alice Gorman

Perhaps in 50 more years we will be sick of hearing stories from people who have travelled to the moon and back.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Study identifies nine research priorities to better understand NZ's vast marine area

New Zealand’s coastline spans a distance greater than from the south pole to the north pole. from, CC BY-ND

The islands of New Zealand are only the visible part of a much

Originally published in The Conversation.

How solar heat drives rapid melting of parts of Antarctica's largest ice shelf

Scientists measured the thickness and basal melt of the Ross Ice Shelf. Supplied, CC BY-ND

The ocean that surrounds Antarctica plays a crucial role in regulating the mass balance of the contin

Originally published in The Conversation.

Like to work with background noise? It could be boosting your performance

A certain optimal noise level allows people to see, hear and feel better. Shutterstock

Like to work in a noisy environment while your colleague prefers silence? It could be your brain is simply less “noisy” so this extra, external noise improves your cognitive functioning.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Treat or trick: we asked people how they feel about sharing fitness data with insurance companies

Insurance companies collect data from fitness trackers to help improve business decisions.

Originally published in The Conversation.