A year after Pope Francis called for action to protect the environment, Australian Catholic groups have announced plans to divest from fossil fuels.
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A year ago Pope Francis called for better protection for the environment. Now Catholic institutions look poised for widespread divestment from fossil fuels.
Boys who have high rates of empathy have 1.8 times more friendships with girls than those who struggle to comprehend the emotions of others.
Empathy seems to be the key to developing friendships. It's especially important for young men establishing supportive friendships with young women.
People with cognitive and psychiatric impairments are over-represented in the prison system.
People with cognitive impairments are entitled to opportunities to engage meaningfully in society, so there must be legal reform to enable this.
In one Melbourne case study, half-a-dozen bikes occupying the same space as a parked car generated, on average, nearly four times as much retail spending.
Pro-bike policies can boost local business. In one Melbourne case study, the average hourly retail spending from six bikes was $97.20 compared to $27 from one car occupying an equivalent space.
Many members of conservative political parties, like the Republican Party in the US, undoubtedly subscribe to the values captured by ‘conservative syndrome’.
Several recently reported cross-cultural studies show the correlation between social conservatism and intelligence is lower than previously thought.
Doing ads for Chicken Tikka subs. Being told you 'scream SBS'. When you've experienced the white bias of our cultural industries, watching Waleed Aly and Lee Lin Chin vie for the Gold Logie is a delicious prospect.
Barkindji protest outside Parliament in Canberra.
For the Barkindji people, the Darling River has been a symbol of Aboriginal survival since colonial times. Now, the once busy NSW town of Wilcannia is in danger of losing its water.
The Irish government is presented with a difficult task of how to commemorate the Easter Rising, 100 years on.
Often it has been Ireland’s writers and artists that have called out the hopes and failures of national politics, holding the polity to account in the culture.
Emoticons reveal subtle clues about your personality – but how do others interpret them?
Pope Francis exhorts the faithful to accompany each other on their life journey, and help each other be free in love.
In his new exhortation, Pope Francis issues the Catholic Church and its followers a bold challenge: to live God's mercy more authentically.
Whyalla Steelworks, where workers might lose their jobs as operator Arrium goes into voluntary administration.
The outlook is not good for those who may lose their jobs as a result of mining company Arrium going into voluntary administration, according to the latest OECD report.
Brothers Khalid and Brahim el-Bakraoui are suspected of carrying out suicide bomb attacks at Brussels Airport on Tuesday.
Family members share both genetics and environment to a greater extent than people in general. And this has implications for counterterrorism approaches.
The most common reason for choosing private hospitals is shorter waits for elective surgery.
Around a quarter of people with private health insurance still choose to use the public system. Why?
Good economic modelling does not overly simplify the world.
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Economic modelling has been co-opted for political purposes and practitioners must respond.
The ads are aimed at engaging the girls who enjoy being active but have fallen out of the habit .
Screenshot of the Girls Make Your Move website.
The Girls Make Your Move ads need to be supported by materials that increase girls’ beliefs in their ability and give them tools for planning to be more active.
Trump’s performances never fail to make breaking news, securing him the public’s attention.
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Donald Trump has applied the lessons of winning a TV audience to politics. Much as we might deplore the theatre of entertaining voters, we can't wish it away.
Mindfulness has been found to improve negative behaviours from intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder.
A recent review of studies has shown that mindfulness meditation helps people with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder reduce their mental and physical problems.
President Xi Jinping and the rest of the Chinese leadership do not get to positions of national leadership without undergoing decades of trials to demonstrate their capacity to run a country.
The China Model features political meritocracy at the top, democracy at the bottom and experimentation in between. The West can learn from the best of Chinese leadership, even if it is authoritarian.
Tolerance develops when empathy is encouraged, because it allows a child – or adult – to enter the shoes of another.
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With vast numbers of people migrating around the world, understanding how racial tolerance is created – and encouraging more of it – is more important than ever.
Bill Shorten said politicians and government must find ways to re-engage a generation of young people.
There is a growing canyon now separating politics as understood and practiced by political authorities from the political practices of everyday people.