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It's time to change our drug dog policies to catch dealers, not low-level users at public events

Caitlin Hughes, Senior Research Fellow - Criminologist and Drug Policy Researcher, UNSW - avatar Caitlin Hughes, Senior Research Fellow - Criminologist and Drug Policy Researcher, UNSW

The use of drug dogs leads to riskier drug-taking at festivals. ShutterstockIn the early 2000s New South Wales became the first Australian state to introduce drug detection dogs for policing, with the...

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I Need to Know: 'is it normal to get sore down there after sex?'

Melissa Kang, Associate professor, University of Technology Sydney - avatar Melissa Kang, Associate professor, University of Technology Sydney

Sex should never hurt. www.shutterstock.comI Need to Know is an ongoing series for teens in search of reliable, confidential advice about life’s tricky questions. If you’re a teen, send us...

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The battle against bugs: it's time to end chemical warfare

Lizzy Lowe, Postdoctoral researcher, Macquarie University - avatar Lizzy Lowe, Postdoctoral researcher, Macquarie University

Does it really pay to spray? Dmitry Syshchikov/ShutterstockInsects are important wildlife often overlooked in urban habitats. What we do notice are the cockroaches, ants and mosquitoes in and around o...

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Sailors' journals shed new light on Bennelong, a man misunderstood by history

Brett Goodin, Postdoctoral fellow in the Program in Early American Economy & Society, at the Library Company of Philadelphia.., Australian National University - avatar Brett Goodin, Postdoctoral fellow in the Program in Early American Economy & Society, at the Library Company of Philadelphia.., Australian National University

An undated portrait thought to depict Bennelong, signed "W.W." now in the Dixson Galleries of the State Library of New South Wales. Wikimedia Commons The natives of new Holland are perhaps the quicke...

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The decoy effect: how you are influenced to choose without really knowing it

Gary Mortimer, Associate Professor in Marketing and Consumer Behaviour, Queensland University of Technology - avatar Gary Mortimer, Associate Professor in Marketing and Consumer Behaviour, Queensland University of Technology

The decoy effect is the phenomenon where consumers swap their preference between two options when presented with a third option. ShutterstockPrice is the most delicate element of the marketing mix, an...

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Just like HAL, your voice assistant isn't working for you even if it feels like it is

Nathalie Collins, Academic Director (National Programs), Edith Cowan University - avatar Nathalie Collins, Academic Director (National Programs), Edith Cowan University

Space suits from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey on display at the Stanley Kubrick exhibition in LA. Matthew J. Cotter, United Kingdom, CC BY-NC-SAOf all the fictional virtual assistants we know from p...

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A peace agreement in Afghanistan won't last if there are no women at the table

Susan Hutchinson, PhD Candidate, Australian National University - avatar Susan Hutchinson, PhD Candidate, Australian National University

Over the past weeks, the US government has been in peace negotiations with the Taliban. It has been 17 years since US and allied troops first deployed to Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban and suppo...

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Labor's lead cut to 51-49% in latest Ipsos poll

Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra - avatar Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra

The government has substantially narrowed the two-party gap in the Ipsos poll - it now trails Labor by just 49-51%, compared with 46-54% in December. The poll, reported in the Australian Financial Re...

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Putting babies under general anaesthetic won't affect their development, new research shows

Michael Vagg, Clinical associate professor, Deakin University School of Medicine and Pain Specialist, Deakin University - avatar Michael Vagg, Clinical associate professor, Deakin University School of Medicine and Pain Specialist, Deakin University

A new study found no detectable impact on brain development. From shutterstock.comMaking the decision to operate on a baby or toddler can be complex and confronting for parents. It involves weighing t...

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There's little reason for optimism about Closing the Gap, despite changes to education targets

Melitta Hogarth, Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland - avatar Melitta Hogarth, Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland

Again this year, the Closing the Gap report delivered disappointment. www.shutterstock.comThis week saw the release of the annual Closing the Gap report. Much like the previous decade of reports, we l...

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Pages and prejudice: how queer texts could fight homophobia in Australian schools

Annamarie Jagose, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney - avatar Annamarie Jagose, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney

Books are a good starting place to make schools more inviting places for queer students. www.shutterstock.comRecently, the Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE) — the peak pr...

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