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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.
The not-for-profit UK group The Loop said it tested the drug ecstasy with ‘loop lasers’ at a festival in July 2016. The Loop UK/Facebook

Yes, we can do on-the-spot drug testing quickly and safely

Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said conducting on-site drug tests at public events "safely and quickly is not really a practical option". But the technology is available.
Australian voters rejected carbon taxation. But some US conservatives are now embracing it. AAP Image/Paul Miller

Tax and dividend: how conservatives can grow to love carbon pricing

Taxing carbon has always been a tricky political sell for conservatives. But a group of establishment US Republicans is touting the idea of a carbon "tax and dividend" as a way to break the deadlock.
One way teachers can respect culture is by embedding it into ‘mainstream’ subjects. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Back to school – understanding challenges faced by Indigenous children

Teachers – get to really know your kids, their families, their community and its history, and what’s going on at home. While school policies are important, relationships are the real keys to success.
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Eight podcasts to get between your ears this year

The Conversation asked eight authors from across its sections to tell us about their favourite podcasts – and why you should tune in.
With the right mix, the grid can go fully renewable for the same cost and reliability as fossil fuels. Pixabay/Wikimedia Commons

The government is right to fund energy storage: a 100% renewable grid is within reach

The Turnbull government is funding energy storage as a crucial missing piece of the electricity grid puzzle. Analysis suggests an affordable, fully renewable grid doesn't require any heroic assumptions.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke about clean coal at his National Press Club address. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull’s energy game-changer

In his speech this week to the National Press Club, Turnbull initiated a genuine “game-changer” in the debate about power generation in this country. It is instructive to focus explicitly on what he said…

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