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Thousands of high school students across the US walked out of their schools to protest gun violence and to call for changes to gun laws. EPA/Tannen Maury

How lowering the voting age to 16 could save democracy

Lowering the voting age to 16 would bring the age of political responsibility more in line with the age of criminal responsibility and the age of informed consent for medical procedures.
We use different grammar when speaking or writing, but the difference is so subtle that linguists were blind to it for centuries. from

The slippery grammar of spoken vs written English

Spoken language evolves differently and faster than written language, and there are good reasons why this is the case.
The New Zealand government is introducing legislation to become zero-carbon by 2050, but will consider new permits for coal mining, offshore oil drilling and fracking on a case-by-case basis. from shutter

Why New Zealand should not explore for more natural gas reserves

Natural gas is touted as a “bridging fuel” to displace coal while moving to a low-carbon economy. In New Zealand, this is shortsighted and could lead to stranded assets and hold back renewables.
Māori businesses now account for an economic asset base of more than NZ$42.6 billion, made up mostly of small and medium-sized enterprises. Judith Lienert/Shutterstock

Strong sense of cultural identity drives boom in Māori business

Māori business is booming thanks to entrepreneurs with a strong sense of cultural identity and a willingness to take risks.
Research found that media largely frame debate about oil and gas developments in New Zealand around how drilling should take place, rather than whether it should happen at all. Garry Knight/flickr

How media framing limits public debate about oil exploration

Researchers find that mainstream media in New Zealand tend to present fossil fuel development as positive for the economy, while framing opponents as irrational and extremist.
There are many ways the not-for-profit GLAM sector - public galleries, libraries, archives and museums - could be protected from potential copyright damages claims. from

Why the not-for-profit cultural sector needs tailor-made copyright safe harbours

Australia's plan to extend ISP 'safe harbour' copyright immunities to cultural institutions avoids more nuanced thinking about the nature and social value of culture, art and education.
The 2014 Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong against ‘Chinese-style democracy’ laid bare democracy’s contested meanings. Studio Incendo/flickr

If democracy is failing, why do so many lay claim to it?

Uncertainty is built into democracy, but we are seeing more talk of crisis and more attempts at redefinition. So where does this leave citizens who want to have a meaningful say in how they live?
Research into workplace cyberbullying among nurses reveals that many also experience other forms of bullying. from

What employers need to do to protect workers from cyberbullying

Workplace cyberbullying is a growing problem and can cause more harm than traditional forms of bullying. Employers need to take active steps to protect employees from it.
In sport, movement is based on physical ability, which is not necessarily linked to sex. EPA

Why it might be time to eradicate sex segregation in sports

One way to get beyond gender barriers in sport would be to scrap sex segregation and replace it with a system similar to that of Paralympic disciplines.
Cyber attacks have the potential to cause economic disruption, coerce changes in political behaviour and subvert systems of governance. from

The US election hack, fake news, data theft: the cyber security lessons from 2017

Cyber security has dominated international affairs in 2017, with the US election hack as one of the main stories. The ongoing investigation shows that cyber attacks can subvert systems of governance.
Mixed grill: burning combinations of invasive and native plants helps us understand how invasive plants make fires hotter and more likely. Sarah Wyse

How invasive weeds can make wildfires hotter and more frequent

Wildfires are expected to increase in a warming world, but there is another way humans are changing the patterns and intensity of fires: by introducing flammable plants to new environments.

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