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Astronomers predict the existence of Planet 9 based on data collected in the outer Solar System. from www.shutterstock.com

Stargazing citizens and scientists share the hunger to find Planet 9

To help find Planet 9, you just need a computer and a little astronomy knowledge. Already, 120,000 images have been processed by citizen scientists in just 3 days.
Over a period in which the Australian economy saw around 600,000 additional people get jobs, employment in the renewables sector has been going backwards. AAP Image/City of Sydney, Damian Shaw

Three charts on: the incredible shrinking renewable energy job market

Estimates released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggest that the number of direct full-time equivalent jobs in renewable energy activities has continued to fall from its 2011-12 peak.
Mosul’s residents are caught between Islamic State’s brutal violence and the amassed firepower of the Iraqi armed forces and their international backers. Reuters/Khalid Al Mousily

The tragedy of Mosul: battle against Islamic State is leading to all-too-familiar consequences

The tragedy of Mosul is that while Islamic State's territorial project in Iraq is coming to an end, it is creating new problems that exacerbate the country's existing challenges.
Rapid rise of Australian house prices have created disagreement between economists on whether a housing bubble currently exists. Brian Birdwell/flickr

What economics has to say about housing bubbles

Economists struggle to agree on when and where housing bubbles occur, but bubbles all have similar characterisitics.
The 2016 storm that blacked out South Australia had everyone talking about a critical infrastructure failure. David Mariuz/AAP

What’s critical about critical infrastructure?

Critical infrastructure is our means of survival as an urban species. So, we must identify what is critical, for whom and how it might fail us.
Data shows immigration has a negligible effect on the labour market. Eddie Keogh/Reuters

New research shows immigration has only a minor effect on wages

Economic arguments against immigration often rest on simplistic arguments of supply and demand. The data show immigration has a negligible effect on wages, employment or hours worked.
Malcolm Turnbull and Simon Birmingham with preschool children at a childcare centre. AAP/Mick Tsikas

PolicyCheck: the government’s new child care plan

Here's how the government's new childcare plan will change the way families are given assistance with paying for child care.
A degraded wetland in the Pilot Wilderness area, Kosciuszko National Park, is subject to increasing numbers of feral horses. Graeme Worboys collection

Snowy hydro scheme will be left high and dry unless we look after the mountains

A reliable water supply from Australia's mountain catchments depends on intact and functioning ecosystems.
SA energy minister Tom Koutsantonis outlines his plan to make his state more energy-independent. AAP Image/David Mariuz

South Australia makes a fresh power play in its bid to end the blackouts

South Australia has unveiled its keenly awaited energy plan, featuring battery storage, a state-owned gas power station, and a thumb of the nose to the federal electricity rules.
Ayahuasca, a plant-based brew that gives people a psychedelic experience, can be fatal, especially when mixed with other drugs. Jairo Galvis Henao/flickr

Weekly Dose: ayahuasca, a cautionary tale for tourists eager to try this shamanic brew

Shaman have used the psychoactive effects of ayahuasca for spiritual and healing purposes for hundreds of years. But a new breed of tourist has discovered this plant-based drug.
No matter how hard we dig, the Earth’s resources are ultimately finite. Mining image from www.shutterstock.com

The decoupling delusion: rethinking growth and sustainability

Even supposedly "green" technologies such as renewable energy require materials, land and solar exposure and cannot grow indefinitely on this planet.
People’s sense of self is partly determined by the groups to which they belong: “I’m a smoker”. moriza/flickr

Goodbye glamour-puss and rugged hero: smokers lose brand identity with plain cigarette packaging

Cigarette brands present images of slender, stylish women and strong, independent men. Plain packaging breaks this positive brand identity for some smokers.

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