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Blue whales and orcas are both specialists in their own way. You can’t really measure which one is more intelligent. Shutterstock

Curious Kids: which is smarter – a blue whale or an orca?

We don't know for sure which one is smarter, because not everyone agrees on what "intelligence" means. Both have their own special behaviours and skills and we can't say who is more intelligent.
We found students who played chess didn’t show significant improvements in their standardised test scores. from shutterstock.com

Most people think playing chess makes you ‘smarter’, but the evidence isn’t clear on that

Previous studies that explored whether chess improves children's cognitive abilities have had mixed results. We found playing chess wasn't linked to better standardised test scores.
Julie Bishop and Marise Payne have risen to the top in foreign affairs, but their successes may be masking more systemic issues preventing women from advancement. William West/AAP

Diplomacy and defence remain a boys’ club, but women are making inroads

A new report has found a major gender gap persists in Australia's diplomatic, defence and intelligence fields. Australia needs good ideas, and we cannot assume they will all come from the same place.
The microbes that live in our gut are essential to good health. Alpha Tauri 3D Graphics/SHutterstock.com

The key to our humanity isn’t genetic, it’s microbial

The effort to edit the genes of Chinese twins implies that all our traits are determined by our genes. But changing our diet, environment, lifestyle and microbes may have a greater effect.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne says in a statement that ASIS officers. often work in dangerous areas including under warlike conditions. Lukas Coch/AAP

Australia’s spies to be allowed to use more force

The legislation also will enable the Foreign Minister to specify extra people, such as a hostage, who may be protected by an ASIS staffer or agent.
Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Alexander Petrov (left) and Ruslan Boshirov. Metropolitan Police/PA Wire/PA Images

Skripal case: a sense of déjà vu that poses problems for Britain

The Skripal case shows how Russian intelligence services have the confidence to carry out shoddy operations, seemingly unconcerned about whether or not they will be discovered.

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