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It’s not just workers on building sites that will feel the pinch of the construction downturn. David Maiuz/AAP

The hollow promise of construction-led jobs and growth

The threat of a loss of jobs in the the industries that support construction reveals the problem in relying on building to sustain the economy.
Theology students sit an exam at the Islamic University in Jakarta. Photo by Idris Thaha

Indonesian Muslim women engage with feminism

The gathering of almost 500 female religious scholars in Indonesia in the world's first Female Clerics Congress shows Muslim women's fight for equality.
Dietary calcium is necessary to ensure our bones hold on to all the calcium they need to stay strong. Incase/Flickr

Explainer: how do our bones get calcium and why do they need it?

If dietary calcium is in short supply, calcium is released from bone to maintain the critical level in the bloodstream needed for nerve and muscle function.
Same face, different impressions. Shutterstock/lipik

Let’s face it, first impressions count online

If you're looking online for new love, a new job or just to meet up with new friends, then a lot rests on the face you present to the world.
Sexuality is still an important part of life for older people, but it’s seldom discussed and rarely researched. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Older people still have sex, but it’s the intimacy and affection that matters more

Most of the early research on sexuality and ageing looked at the sexual behaviours and biology of older adults, generally ignoring the wider concept of sexuality.
Older people are more likely to have falls as their balance and muscle strength usually isn’t what it was. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Why older people get osteoporosis and have falls

In 2012 the total cost of poor bone health in adults aged over 50 years was A$2.75 billion, and 64% of this cost was the direct cost associated with treating and managing fractures.
Why do we celebrate the birth of Jesus on 25 December? Adoration of the shepherds (1622) by Gerard van Honthorst/WIkimedia Commons

How did we come to celebrate Christmas?

Before Christmas became child-centred, Father Christmas was the personification of a mid-winter feast of merrymaking for adults – and he brought no presents.
On September 15, 2012, a protest in Sydney by Salafi Muslims against an ‘anti-Islam’ film ended in violent confrontations with police. Jamie Kennedy/flickr

By framing secular society as a Christian creation, Hanson’s revival goes beyond simple racism

One Nation has built on the racism of its original anti-Asian platform by linking Australia's secular society to its Christian origins and presenting Islam as incompatible with this way of life.
A disempowering judgment by the Special Court for Sierra Leone should not blind us to how local activists still made use of its symbolic power. Steve Evans/flickr

Creativity and resilience: how do war survivors make international justice work for them?

How are we to understand why people in different parts of the world continue to demand and participate in transitional justice institutions and processes in spite of the shortcomings?
A supporter of Hillary Clinton reacts as Australians watch the results of the U.S. presidential election at the University of Sydney, Australia. Jason Reed/Reuters

How the U.S. presidential results are being seen around the globe

Scholars from the U.S., Ireland, Australia and France provide perspective on President-elect Donald Trump.
Flanked by his family, US President Elect Donald Trump called for unity as he claimed victory. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

President Trump will change the United States and the world, but just how remains to be seen

Leading Australian academics respond to Donald Trump’s victory, and look ahead to what kind of president he might be. Much…

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