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The team used CRISPR on human embryos in a bid to render them resistant to HIV infection. But instead, they generated different mutations, about which we know nothing. SHUTTERSTOCK

China’s failed gene-edited baby experiment proves we’re not ready for human embryo modification

A number of things may have gone wrong when researchers edited Chinese twins Lulu and Nana's genome. Either way, the failed experiment is a cautionary tale for us all.
Crossing Lines, ‘a raw and uncompromising show’, opens with this reproduction of Haring’s creation on the NGV Waterwall, which he painted in 1984. NGV/© Keith Haring Foundation Photo: Tom Ross

‘Nothing quite prepares you for the impact of this exhibition’: Haring Basquiat at the NGV

Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines may well be the riskiest exhibition the National Gallery of Victoria has staged in its more than 150-year history.
The Tasmanian tiger is among the best known of our extinct species, but researchers have now revealed the extent of the crisis. TASMANIAN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

Scientists re-counted Australia’s extinct species, and the result is devastating

New research has revealed 100 plant and animal species have become extinct in the past two centuries – a far higher number than previously thought.
Greater Dandenong Civic Centre was completed in 2014 with new council chambers, a library and Harmony Square. Photo: Hayley Henderson

Comeback city? Lessons from revitalising a diverse place like Dandenong

A major investment in renewing the urban centre of Dandenong is starting to pay dividends. But while research has found three keys to success, the benefits haven't reached everyone.
Researchers have uncovered what appears to be widespread logging of steep slopes in Victoria, which has the potential to damage critical water supplies. Chris Taylor

Researchers allege native logging breaches that threaten the water we drink

Researchers have uncovered what appears to be widespread logging of steep slopes in Victoria, which has the potential to damage critical water supplies.
The term illuminati has been used since the late 15th century, and applied to various groups since then. It’s often discussed by conspiracy theorists, and is heavily referenced in pop-culture. Lettuce./Flickr

Don’t (just) blame echo chambers. Conspiracy theorists actively seek out their online communities

We analysed eight years of Reddit posts from conspiracy theorists. Our findings have helped debunk some common myths about this somewhat alienated group of people.
Young adults and people living in the inner city are among those most likely to be lonely, according to the ABC’s Australia Talks project. from www.shutterstock.com

Loneliness is a social cancer, every bit as alarming as cancer itself

Loneliness is a bigger cause of death than a poor diet, obesity, alcohol consumption, and lack of exercise, and it's on a par with heavy smoking. So let's get talking about it.
Omer Bekali, a former detainee in China’s vast camps for Uighurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim minorities, speaking to a news conference in Germany about his experiences. Felipe Trueba/EPA

Leaked documents on Uighur detention camps in China – an expert explains the key revelations

The New York Times has published 400 pages of Chinese government documents on the 're-education' camps for Muslim detainees in Xinjiang. Here's what you need to know.
Turning a street tree into timber is much more respectful and useful than mulching it all.

When a tree dies, don’t waste your breath. Rescue the wood to honour its memory

City trees are often short-lived and many others get cut down in their prime. Turning them into mulch both wastes timber and releases stored carbon. A wood rescue program creates a more fitting legacy.
The declaration of the 5 million-hectare Katiti Petermann Indigenous Protected Area around Uluru in 2015 helped take the land area of northern Australia in the hands of traditional owners to around 60%. Central Land Council/AAP

Remote Indigenous Australia’s ecological economies give us something to build on

Expanding on sustainable practices in remote parts of Australia can deliver great benefits to both local Indigenous owners and national and global communities.

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