Friday essay: the erotic art of Ancient Greece and Rome

Craig Barker, Education Manager, Sydney University Museums, University of Sydney - avatar Craig Barker, Education Manager, Sydney University Museums, University of Sydney

A fragment of a wall painting showing two lovers in bed from the House of L Caecilius Jucundus in Pompeii, now at Naples National Archaeological Museum Wikimedia CommonsIn our sexual histories series...

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Combatting online bullying is different for girls and boys: here's why

Roberta Thompson, PostDoc Research Fellow investigating teenage girls' social media practice., Griffith University - avatar Roberta Thompson, PostDoc Research Fellow investigating teenage girls' social media practice., Griffith University

While current interventions offer broad protocols for children and young people, specific guidelines for teenage girls are missing. ShutterstockDemands for improving online safety continue to capture...

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No, you're probably not 'addicted' to your smartphone – but you might use it too much

Andrew Campbell, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Sydney - avatar Andrew Campbell, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Sydney

The average smartphone user checks their device 85 times a day. Mikaela ShannonThe term “addiction” is often bandied about when we think someone spends too much time on something we deem d...

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Turnbull's 'sex ban' speech reveals that politics is still not an equal place for women – but it is changing

Carol Johnson, Professor of Politics, University of Adelaide - avatar Carol Johnson, Professor of Politics, University of Adelaide

Malcolm Turnbull announces changes to the Ministerial Code of Conduct in the wake of the Barnaby Joyce affair. AAP/Lukas CochThe appropriateness of Malcolm Turnbull’s trenchant criticisms of Bar...

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Fearmongering is scary, not genetic technologies themselves

Isobel Ronai, University of Sydney - avatar Isobel Ronai, University of Sydney

CRISPR provides a very targeted tool for editing DNA in plants. from www.shutterstock.com Australia’s gene technology regulations have not been revised since 2001 - despite many game-changing ...

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Our acid oceans will dissolve coral reef sands within decades

Bradley Eyre, Professor of Biogeochemistry, Director of the Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry, Southern Cross University - avatar Bradley Eyre, Professor of Biogeochemistry, Director of the Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry, Southern Cross University

Researchers studied reef sands at Heron Island, Hawaii, Bermuda and Tetiaroa. In this photo, white areas show the predominance of sand on reefs. Southern Cross UniversityCarbonate sands on coral reef...

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Australian cities are crying out for better planning, but the research funding is missing

Dorina Pojani, Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning, The University of Queensland - avatar Dorina Pojani, Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning, The University of Queensland

The Urban Planning Exhibition Centre in Shanghai – good planning is immensely valuable. Jordiferrer/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-NCAlthough 90% of our population lives in cities, Australia lacks a n...

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Grattan on Friday: The Nationals have been paralysed by the extraordinary and unpredictable Joyce situation

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

You can’t help loving how the boy from Belgium is relishing his chance to walk in prime ministerial shoes, even if they’re borrowed ones and he can occupy them only briefly. Mathias Corma...

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