The Australian government needs to step up its fight to free Kylie Moore-Gilbert from prison in Iran

Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been held in Iran's notorious Evin prison for more than a year. DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE/Diplomacy and hostage negotiation are both subtle businesses. The traini...

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Plants safely store toxic mercury. Bushfires and climate change bring it back into our environment

Industrial activities like mining, fossil fuel combustion, and cement production release mercury into the environment. ShutterstockClimate change and bushfire may exacerbate recent mercury pollution a...

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Kids learn best when you add a problem-solving boost to ‘back-to-basics’ instruction

There's no need for the tug of war. Explicit instruction and inquiry based learning go hand-in-hand. from shutterstock.comLast year there was substantial hand-wringing over Australia’s declining...

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Building standards give us false hope. There's no such thing as a fireproof house

Bushfires have killed 33 people and destroyed nearly 3,000 houses across Australia so far this fire season. Canberra is under threat right now. It isn’t only houses. Significant commercial bu...

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How the term 'Anthropocene' jumped from geoscience to hashtags - before most of us knew what it meant

Though its use has grown in the last decade, the Anthropocene concept has been around since the 19th century. John Cobb/Shutterstock, CC BYDisastrous fires, ongoing drought, and heat extremes have re...

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After 40 years of Australian-Chinese sister cities, how are they faring?

Tianjin Garden at the northern end of Spring Street is a symbol of Melbourne's 40-year friendship with its sister city, Tianjin. Leonid Andronov/ShutterstockSister cities aim to cultivate mutual under...

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Bees learn better when they can explore. Humans might work the same way

Bees learn better when they can explore. Author supplied, Author providedUnderstanding how humans learn is one key to improving teaching practices and advancing education. Does everybody learn in the ...

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Handy Handmade Leather Accessories Every Woman Should Own

The obsession with leather goes back to the very nature of a woman’s existence. The material is one of the oldest discoveries of humanity, which proved to be useful. The primitive man pursued wild a...

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View from The Hill: Politicians not bureaucrats are the ones in touch, Morrison claims in sports affair

As the suspense over Bridget McKenzie’s future continues, Scott Morrison on Wednesday argued that in allocating public money, it’s politicians rather than officials who understand the comm...

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Sick and Tired of Your Dead End Job? Try Teaching!

Tired of the same old grind at the office? Want an opportunity to impact lives both in your community and around the world? Do you love to travel and have new experiences? Teaching English is the perfect job for you! All you need is a willingness to ...

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The Impact of an Aging Population in Australia

There’s an issue on the horizon that Australia needs to prepare for. The portion of elderly citizens that make up the country’s overall population is increasing, and we might not have the infrastructure in place to support this. Australians h...

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