The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles Palace.
Donald Trump has a Versailles-inspired apartment. There's a popular TV series and now, a new exhibition of treasures from the palace. A glittering symbol of aristocratic frivolity, Versailles was, in fact, a place of awesome royal power.
What critics call the ‘elite media’ is actually journalism that serves the public interest.
Suddenly 'elite media' has become a term of abuse, but in truth this is a battle between real journalism and non-journalism.
Renewable energy poses a number of challenges for the grid.
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Whatever our electricity grid looks like in the future, it will need to be reliable.
China is transitioning towards a more sophisticated economy built on science, knowledge and innovation.
There is a tidal wave of competition approaching the developed world from China – and foreign businesses have much to learn how Chinese companies evolved from imitators to innovators.
Donald Trump may lose his bid for the US presidency, but many will be waiting to take his mantle.
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Donald Trump may lose his bid for the White House. But far more competent, grassroots politicians will line up to take his mantle.
The 1,200 year old Umayyad Mosque – also known as the Great Mosque of Aleppo – lost its minaret (on left) in 2013 after continued heavy gunfire between rebels and Syrian government forces.
It is important to prosecute militants who destroy antiquities. But 'everyday' development - from dams flooding towns to the impact of mining on Indigenous rock art – does vastly more damage to heritage than war.
Sonic weapons usually leave no physical marks but can be devastating psychologically.
From Long Range Acoustic Devices used to disperse protesters to ear-splitting military drones to songs blasted on rotation to prisoners, ours is an age in which sound has been repositioned as a tool of terror.
In the US and Ireland there have been headline court cases of bakers refusing to make cakes for same-sex weddings.
As the US example shows, freedom of religion should not be allowed to morph into the right to discriminate.
The logic is that violence is a choice, so men can be reasonably expected to stop.
Thousands of Australian men are sitting on waiting lists every year to get help to end their violent behaviour – even though behaviour change programs can reduce their likelihood of offending again.
Adam Goodes training at the SCG in 2015.
For Indigenous people, refusal is a powerful act of sovereignty. In Grand Final week, it's timely to reflect on Adam Goodes' refusal to accept racism in football or an official send off when he retired - and the repercussions of his stance, a year on.
Small power generators like solar panels take pressure off the electricity grid.
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The governing body for our energy market has just missed a major opportunity to modernise our electricity networks.
The advertising industry has a long and chequered history of objectifying women.
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When the inevitable backlash happens, little changes.
The government is keen to push its omnibus savings bill through parliament.
We need to ask on what basis the government is making its budget savings a 'moral' issue, and how the opposition can possibly support it.
If businesses meet the needs of their employees they will feel like they are growing and will be more productive, research suggests.
Happy employees, whose basic needs are met, are essential to a productive business.
A price on carbon introduced by the Labor government, dubbed the “carbon tax”, was more effective at motivating big emitters to act, compared to the current Direct Action plan.
New research has found that carbon intensive companies have lost focus on reducing emissions under Direct Action, when compared with the carbon tax.
Across Australia, low-income people lose about six years of life compared to their better-off compatriots.
We all like to think we are free agents and have huge degrees of agency. But, in reality, our health reflects the environments we live in.
Is this really how we want to decide where research funding should be allocated?
Well, here we are again. Lazy swipes by lazy blowhards at lazy academics lazing their way through hyper competitive granting procedures.
It may not be comfortable or easy to do but racist abuse needs to be challenged in sport and our society.
Sport can be a driver for change; it can make a difference in people’s lives and unify communities, particularly around national successes. But it can also create tensions and cause conflict.
Is the success of The Bachelor based on the spectacle of women psychologically tearing each other down for entertainment?
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The Bachelor, like most reality TV, thrives on drama. But its particular style of conflict illustrates an uncomfortable point: women can easily be sexist against other women.
Doctors need to be able to discuss their patients’ weight, but they need to be taught how to do so delicately, for the best outcomes.
An individual's weight is a complex and sensitive issue, which may be related to many factors that are not only medical but social, environmental and emotional.