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The use of Incirlik airbase by Turkish warplanes launching attacks across the border and its re-opening to the US Airforce reflect the domestic and international goals of Turkey’s campaign. FlickrUS Airforce

Turkey strikes back: the political ploy behind attacking both Kurdish and Islamic State forces

What prompted Turkey's punishing campaign against both Islamic State and Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria? The explanation for this sharp reversal of policy may lie in calculations for fresh elections.
The discovery of Kepler-452b raises questions that go to the heart of religion. NASA/AAP/ Artist's impression of Kepler-452b.

Heavens above: what Earth 2.0’s discovery means for God

Kepler-452b's discovery last week has raised the perennial question: are we alone in the universe? While the find's scientific import is huge, it also poses questions that go to the heart of religion.
Is the data correct that there are fewer bullies in elite schools, or is something else at play? FoxSchumacher/Flickr

Is your child less likely to be bullied in a private school?

Recent survey data revealed that twice as many parents of public school students reported their children had been bullied compared to private school parents.
It might be nice if buying the right to emit greenhouse pollution could be made a bit simpler. Oleandra/Shutterstock.com

Politics aside, a simple carbon tax makes more sense than a convoluted emissions trading scheme

The term 'carbon tax' is a political poison in Australia, thanks to the previous carbon tax which was actually an emissions trading scheme. Yet ironically, many economists prefer a tax over an ETS anyway.
A board shake-up offers the Abbott government the opportunity to be visionary through implementing the NDIS’s spirit and intent. shutterstock

Stop, go back, the NDIS board shake-up is going the wrong way

The NDIS is a social policy reform that, at its heart, requires an understanding of the lived experience of people with disability.
Rain approaching the Pinnacles in Western Australia – how best to understand what past climate change has had on the region? Flickr/Matt Brand

Digging deep into the past to see the future of climate change

Scientists are about to embark on a two month mission to find out how Australia and its reefs coped with climate change in the past, and therefore how it should cope with any future change.
Bright students might enjoy MOOC content, but do they deserve credits from their high school? from www.shutterstock.com.au

Should MOOCs be used as credit for high school?

While MOOCs can provide some great content, the teaching and assessment methods probably aren't appropriate for high school students.
Australia’s Bumala-y Yuurrama-y seems to be accepted only when confined to matches between Indigenous players, yet all New Zealanders feel able to embrace the Haka. AAP/David Crosling

We all know and admire the Haka … so why not one of our own?

While AFL player Adam Goodes polarised Australians by performing an Indigenous war dance, New Zealanders unite in celebration of the Haka. The difference in approach to Indigenous culture is telling.