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Do 'screaming children' in playgrounds ruin neighbourhood parks?

  • Written by Lucy Taylor, Doctoral Candidate in Urban Ecology, University of Sydney
Do 'screaming children' in playgrounds ruin neighbourhood parks?Noise pollution is usually associated with aeroplanes flying overhead, not happy children.from shutterstock.com

It’s a fine winter morning and you’ve just made a cup of tea. You’re warming your hands around the mug and gazing at the trees behind your house that sway as birds hop along the branches.

Then suddenly, a shrill scream:...

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The case for introducing rhinos to Australia

  • Written by Bill Laurance, Distinguished Research Professor and Australian Laureate, James Cook University
The case for introducing rhinos to AustraliaAustralia could sustain wild rhinos, but should it try?Renaud Fulconis/International Rhino Foundation, Author provided

Rhinos in Australia might seem like an insane proposition – after all, we’ve had historically bad luck with introduced species. But on reflection it’s not quite as crazy as it sounds.

There are five species of...

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Ten classics of Indigenous design

  • Written by Dr Russell Kennedy, Senior Lecturer in Screen and Design, Deakin University
Ten classics of Indigenous designMurri sculptures (2012) by Reko Rennie (Kamilaroi) at Melbourne's LaTrobe University.LaTrobe University

Blak Design Matters is the first exhibition in Australia specifically dedicated to contemporary Indigenous design. Its curator, architect and academic Jefa Greenaway, describes the show as a snapshot that “takes the pulse of what’s...

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how gift cards initiate children into the world of 'credit'

  • Written by Louise Grimmer, Lecturer in Marketing, Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania
how gift cards initiate children into the world of 'credit'Most Australian children have such a glut of toys that parents are opting to give them gift cards so they can choose for themselves.rawpixel/Unsplash

Western children have more toys, games and possessions than ever before. And Australia has one of the highest rates of average spending per child on toys. Faced with a glut of children’s toys...

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  6. Explaining Australia's school funding debate: what's at stake
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  8. US citizens can now publish models of 3D printed firearms online. What does it mean for us?
  9. A new study should be the final nail for open-plan offices
  10. Indigenous peoples are crucial for conservation – a quarter of all land is in their hands
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  12. Why Australians' religious freedom is worth protecting
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  14. A new blood test could detect early stage melanoma in more than 80% of patients
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  16. AEMO's new electricity plan is neither a death knell nor a shot in the arm for coal
  17. the science of beautiful sunsets
  18. Think the dual citizenship saga does not affect state parliamentarians? It might be time to think again
  19. How rising inequality is stalling economies by crippling demand
  20. How an alien seaweed invasion spawned an Antarctic mystery
  21. A brief history of briefs – and how technology is transforming underpants
  22. Russia's World Cup widely hailed as success, but will the good vibes last for Putin?
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  24. CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing scissors are less accurate than we thought, but there are fixes
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  26. who really deserves the rewards from success?
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  30. How ideas of 'adulthood', its rights and responsibilities, are changing around the world
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  42. Government senator Dean Smith urges national debate about population
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  45. why the ACCC says household solar subsidies should be abolished
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