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University education has paid a rate of return of around 15%. from www.shutterstock.com

Higher education pays for itself many times over

Not only does higher education build the economy's skills and knowledge, but that it pays for itself and much else many times over.
It can be tough deciding where to give birth. nata-lunata/Shutterstock

Explainer: what are women’s options for giving birth?

More than 300,000 women give birth in Australia each year. Most (97%) give birth in hospitals (72% of these in public and 28% in private), while 0.3% are born before they arrive at hospital.
Britain, one of the European Union’s most consistent backers of climate action, is poised to walk out. AAP Image/Newzulu/Paul Alfred-Henri

Brexit could leave the European Union struggling with its climate targets

Britain was among Europe's most progressive voices on climate policy. Its imminent withdrawal leaves the European Union grappling with voices of dissent from member states such as Poland.
Australia continues to enjoy voter turnout levels that are the envy of voluntary-voting regimes the world over. AAP/Lukas Coch

Election explainer: why do I have to vote, anyway?

The majority of Australians approve of compulsory voting – and have done so for decades. The nay-sayers continue to be a minority.
How many species of frog are in the picture? Genetics often says ‘more than we thought’. Michael Lee (Flinders University & South Australian Museum)

The Earth’s biodiversity could be much greater than we thought

The Earth is full of many varied species from the largest mammals to the tiniest organisms. But we now think there could be ten times more species than was originally thought.
Glioblastomas are often resistant to the one type of drug that breaks the blood-brain barrier. HealthHub

Glioblastoma: why these brain cancers are so difficult to treat

Glioblastoma is an aggressive form of brain cancer that has a very poor prognosis. Despite the current best therapies half its sufferers survive for 15 months and less than 5% are alive after 5 years.