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Academic Roz Ward was temporarily suspended from La Trobe University for her comments about the Australian flag on Facebook. Richard Milnes/Newzulu

University changes to academic contracts are threatening freedom of speech

A new clause being embedded in a number of university contracts attempts to restrict academics from speaking freely in public debate about issues that are outside their area of research.
Sometimes you don’t know whether to laugh or cry. 'Clowns' via

The psychology behind why clowns creep us out

Random clown sightings are on the rise nationwide, and no one's laughing. A psychologist who has studied creepiness explains why clowns are especially adept at making us squirm.
Ben Goldacre says that greater transparency on research findings could increase the public’s faith in essential medicines. Shutterstock

Speaking with: Bad Pharma author Ben Goldacre about how bad research hurts us all

Bad Pharma author Ben Goldacre about how bad research hurts us all. The Conversation, CC BY36.4 MB (download)
Darren Saunders speaks with Bad Pharma author Ben Goldacre about bad medical research reporting, and how greater transparency in research practices could improve public trust in science and medicine.
Tankiso Motaung, an unemployed South African university graduate, takes his hunt for a job to the street in Johannesburg. The Star/Paballo Thekiso

Class and race shape how young South Africans access the job market

Many young South Africans struggle to get a job due to the high levels of unemployment. But access to information, which is influenced by race and class, increases the chances of getting employed.

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