articles by The Conversation


A 400-year-old botched nose job shows how little feelings, perceptions about transplants have changed

21st-century transplant doctors and patients continue to grapple with the ethics and practicalities of altering the body.

Arts & Culture

Zaha Hadid fundamentally altered contours of modern architecture, but more than buildings, it's her mind that left its mark

Although her career had begun with that infamous tag of her buildings being unbuildable, Hadid rapidly established herself as a radical architect by creating a strong and unique design statement globally.


Double mutation SARS-CoV-2 variant emerges in India: How should our COVID response change?

Some variants can escape naturally induced immunity, vaccine manufacturers will need to develop better vaccines to cover these new variants.


Microsoft to make $22 billion worth of AR headsets for US Army: Why there's 'potential for harm' in the contract

The latest IVAS contract is an urgent reminder that developments in this technology should be taken seriously, and its potential for harm must not be downplayed.

News & Analysis

Facebook data breach: What happened, were you targeted, how to protect yourself

The Facebook breach once again highlights how many of the systems we use aren’t designed to adequately protect our information from cyber criminals.


Japan's cherry blossom viewing parties: The history of chasing the fleeting beauty of sakura

Each spring, cherry blossoms grace Japan with colour for a brief and beautiful moment. Such is the fleeting nature of this eagerly anticipated yearly phenomenon that most Japanese news channels cover the flowering.


Michelle Obama's Waffles and Mochi highlights why children’s food shows need to focus on healthy eating

Waffles and Mochi are two puppets who are determined to learn to cook and prepare fresh meals after living on a pretty terrible diet of ice cream. They travel the world in their magical flying shopping cart and meet celebrity chefs.


Thirty years of satellite images shows us how climate change is threating mangroves

But satellite monitoring is not enough on its own and cannot capture the detail you can get on the ground.


Remembering Carla Zampatti: How the Australian designer pioneered wearable yet cosmopolitan clothes for women

Carla Zampatti was primarily a proud, feminist fashion designer, promoting economic independence and agency for women. What she had achieved from the 1960s was remarkable. Australia is poorer without her and her pioneering fashion ethos.


Plastic pollution: How can chemical recycling technology help fix this global issue?

Plastics are here to stay and production expected to exceed one billion tonnes by 2050, chemical recycling is promising.


What Madagascar’s tiny chameleons, frogs reveal about evolution of miniaturised animals

There appears to be a pattern where the evolution of miniaturisation is associated with changes in ecology.


Godzilla vs Kong: Hollywood has picked a winner, but what does the science say?

Even the most fantastical creatures have some basis in scientific reality, so the natural world is a good place to look to better understand movie monsters.


An overview of the history, myths associated with adjuvants, the unsung heroes of vaccines

Adjuvants have been lending a helping hand to vaccinologists for many decades. Yet a lack of a clear understanding of how they work has tainted their reputation, leading to epithets such as “alchemy” and “the immunologist’s dirty secret”.


Why you should get a COVID-19 vaccine, even after you’ve recovered from coronavirus?

Not everyone develops immunity after the infection - nine percent didn't have detectable antibodies, seven percent didn't have T cells that recognize the virus.

Arts & Culture

How the Nazis used fusion of alcohol, music with mass murder to normalise, and celebrate, violence

Under the Nazi regime, music and song forged community, camaraderie and shared purpose. In unit bars, around campfires and at the killing sites, the addition of music was more than just a form of entertainment. It was also an instrument for promoting a common purpose and bringing people together.

Arts & Culture

Reading Mrs Dalloway: How Virginia Woolf wrote illness and isolation into the national story of post war Britain

Mrs Dalloway is a text that shows how memory and mourning work to uphold the values of the British Empire. Its attention on how emotions circulate between people allows us to understand how national structures of feeling are created through newspapers and through the orchestration of symbolic identifications.


Nawal El Saadawi passes away: A look at the legacy of Egypt's grand novelist and activist

El Saadawi was a global iconoclast in the best sense of the phrase. In a world that has become compartmentalised, tribal, overtly racist, anti-science and unashamedly sexist, her novels espoused truths that made her unpopular with many in the government and in the so-called establishment.


Southern Baptist church's teachings on gender, sexuality come under scanner after Atlanta shootings

Purity culture focuses on abstinence outside traditional heterosexual marriage and dangers in girls’ and women’s sexuality. In particular, purity culture teaches that girls and women are responsible for boys’ and men’s sexuality and that they may cause boys and men to sin through expressions of their own sexuality.

Arts & Culture

Is 'doing nothing' a response to adversity or the indulgence of a privileged few?

Though leisure and sloth have variously been praised and scorned, a central tension runs through the history of idleness, from the Roman Empire to today: What obligations do humans have to society? And just because you can do nothing, should you?

Arts & Culture

How music and contemporary composers influenced Virginia Woolf's literature, creative innovations

Music provided Woolf (and other modernists including James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein and Katherine Mansfield) with a vocabulary to imagine and describe their creative practice and formal innovations.