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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. flickr/Richard Drdul

Do the sums: bicycle-friendly changes are good business

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.
Pope Francis exhorts the faithful to accompany each other on their life journey, and help each other be free in love. Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis and The Joy of Love in a merciful church

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. Wayne Thomas/Flickr

A grim future for Arrium, Ford and Queensland Nickel workers?

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. EPA/Interpol

Brussels attacks: why do family members commit terrorism together?

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. Richard Lyons/Shutterstock

What are better, public or private hospitals?

Around a quarter of people with private health insurance still choose to use the public system. Why?
Mindfulness has been found to improve negative behaviours from intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder. Vinoth Chandar/Flickr

Mindfulness can improve living with a disability

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. Reuters/Carlos Barria

Our democracy can learn from China’s meritocracy

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.
The US-led TPP and Obama’s ‘Asia pivot’ will face certain challenges against Xi Jinping’s ambitions of a new order established through the Chinese-led AIIB. Bloomberg Pool/EPA

Competing visions for the Asia-Pacific could yet complement each other

The US and China may have competing ambitions for the Asia-Pacific in the shape of the TPP and AIIB, but they may not be as incompatible as we have first believed.
Children who are exposed to alcohol advertising are more likely to start drinking earlier and to drink more. Kamira/Shutterstock

Alcohol advertising has no place on our kids' screens

Australian regulations are inadequate to protect children and adolescents from alcohol advertising.

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