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We allowed Facebook to grow big by worrying about the wrong thing


Australia and the United States have been waving through takeovers because the targets are small, something that’s usually good practice.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Machines can do most of a psychologist's job. The industry must prepare for disruption


Psychology and other “helping professions” such as counselling and social work are often regarded as quintessentially human domains.

Originally published in The Conversation.

5 tips to figure out if a tech company on the stock market is an ethical investment


These days people trading on the stock market want more than just a strong financial return. They’re increasingly opting for investments that will also have a positive societal impact.

Originally published in The Conversation.

5 twinkling galaxies help us uncover the mystery of the Milky Way's missing matter

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We’ve all looked up at night and admired the brightly shining stars. Beyond making a gorgeous spectacle, measuring that light helps us learn about matter in our galaxy, the Milky Way.

Originally published in The Conversation.

How to deal with the Craig Kelly in your life: a guide to tackling coronavirus contrarians

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Australians love a fiery contest, whether on the sporting field or in the corridors of Canberra.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Who is (probably) today's best male tennis player?

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When you ask that question, three names come to mind: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Under the moonlight: a little light and shade helps larval fish to grow at night

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At night on any one of hundreds of coral reefs across the tropical Pacific, larval fish just below the sea surface are gambling on their chances of survival.

Originally published in The Conversation.

These distant 'baby' black holes seem to be misbehaving — and experts are perplexed

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Radio images of the sky have revealed hundreds of “baby” and supermassive black holes in distant ga

Originally published in The Conversation.

What's next for Amazon after Jeff Bezos? No dramatic changes, just more growth and optimisation

Jeff Bezos has announced he will stand down as chief executive of Amazon in the third quarter of 2021. The founder of the online retail behemoth will hand the reins to Andy Jassy, who currently leads Amazon’s cloud computing wing.

Originally published in The Conversation.

This unique ancient megabeast had perpetually 'bent' elbows

Imagine going through life with your arms permanently bent and locked at the elbows. Awkward, right?

Until recently we thought the mega-marsupial Palorchestes azael lived exactly like this. This rare, distant relative of the wombat became extinct (along with much of Australia’s megafauna) about 40,000 years ago.

Originally published in The Conversation.