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Johnny Hallyday in concert in May 2014. Mathieu Thouvenin/Flickr

Made in France: how Johnny Hallyday won a nation’s heart

Johnny Hallyday was more than a music icon, he was a cultural symbol for the French lower and the middle classes. In his death he reconciled the country with the term popular culture.
Rick Sanchez of the animated series Rick and Morty embodies the erroneous popular archetype of the scientist as eccentric lone genius. (Handout)

Myth of the genius solitary scientist is dangerous

The myth of the lone genius, hero scientist is dangerous for science and society. Here's how to fix it.
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.

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