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We Love Arabs: accomplished satire offers food (and hummus) for thought

  • Written by Asher Warren, Tutor and Researcher in Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Melbourne
  • Category: The Conversation
imageHummus becomes a "choreographic texture" in We Love Arabs. Gadi Dagon

We Love Arabs, staged as part of the Melbourne Festival at the Malthouse Theatre, brings together dance and theatre to explore Middle Eastern politics, and is a unique pleasure to watch. Australian audiences might recognise a similar fusion in recent works such as Chunky...

Health Check: do boys really have a testosterone spurt at age four?

  • Written by Kate Steinbeck, Medical Foundation Chair in Adolescent Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Category: The Conversation
imageThere's lots going on in the lives of four-year-old boys, including how to regulate their emotions. Let's not blame their hormones.from www.shutterstock.com

The idea that four-year-old boys have a spurt of testosterone is often used to explain challenging behaviour at this age.

But how did this idea come about? Is there any truth in it? And if not,...

Don't fear robo-justice. Algorithms could help more people access legal advice

  • Written by John Zeleznikow, Professor of Information Systems; Research Associate, Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living, Victoria University
  • Category: The Conversation
imageShould we be afraid of robo-justice?Maksim Kabakou/Shutterstock

You may have heard that algorithms will take over the world. But how are they operating right now? We take a look in our series on Algorithms at Work.


Algorithms have a role to play in supporting but not replacing the role of lawyers.

Around 15 years ago, my team and I created an...

Financial literacy is a public policy problem

  • Written by Ross Guest, Professor of Economics and National Senior Teaching Fellow, Griffith University
  • Category: The Conversation
imageFinancial illiteracy contributed to the last financial crisis. Shutterstock

As the world of finance becomes more complex, most of us aren’t keeping up. In this series we’re exploring what it means to be financially literate.


It’s pretty common nowadays to see the likes of the Reserve Bank of Australia or the Australian Bureau of...