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Values are key to a nation’s success and the happiness of its citizens. Those associated with femininity, in particular, make for a happier country. (Shutterstock)

A recipe for a successful nation

What makes for a thriving nation and happy citizens? Values. A nation's institutions need people with supporting underlying values to perform at their best.
People currently speak 7,000 languages around the globe. Michael Gavin

Why do human beings speak so many languages?

There's little research into origins of the geographic patterns of language diversity. A new model exploring processes that shaped Australia's language diversity provides a template for investigators.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors | Hirshhorn Museum. anokarina/flickr

Global series: Talking sex, changing cultures

By speaking their truths in societies that would rather not know, queer painters, female rappers and other outsider artists are pushing the bounds of gender and sexuality in the developing world.
Nearly three-quarters of Australians go to live art events, such as Dark Mofo in Hobart. Stefan Karpiniec/Flickr

Creative country: 98% of Australians engage with the arts

New survey from the Australia Council shows pretty much all Australians engage with the arts, and 8-in-10 do so online. However more people are ambivalent about public arts funding, and more people think the arts are too expensive.
Me and my brand. Christian Gertenbach

Brand perception and personal names

Brands affect how products are perceived. The same is true of our names, making them our personal brands.
Social psychologists and sociologists have spent decades understanding how values are best assessed. pixabay

Australian values are hardly unique when compared to other cultures

There has been much talk recently about “Australian values”. The new citizenship test will require aspiring Australians to demonstrate they possess them, or can at least reproduce them under exam conditions…

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