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It's underwater now, but there used to be a land-bridge between mainland Australia and Papua New Guinea. A new DNA study shows dingoes migrated across this bridge between 8,000 and 10,000 years ago in two waves.

And genetically, the two groups are quite different - so we now know how to manage them separately, for conservation purposes. But how did we get to the point where dingoes need protecting?

A proposal by University of NSW scientist Bill Ballard to study the DNA of a two year old Australian dingo - called Sandy Maliki - has been announced as one of five finalists in the World’s Most Interesting Genome competition.

What makes it "most interesting" is that it may uncover what helps a wild animal become domesticated.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.