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Detail from Shenae & Jade, 2005, Petrina Hicks. Courtesy of the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery, Melbourne and Michael Reid, Sydney

Wings of desire, demise and adaptation: birds in Australian art

A new exhibition exploring the relationship between birds and humans is variously gaudy, delightful and disturbing. We sent two ecologists along to review the show.
“Cooling-off” periods for purchases made in high-pressure selling situations like door-to-door sales don’t help consumers, research shows. image from shutterstock.com

Cooling-off periods for consumers don’t work: study

Customers who make purchases under pressure don't use the usual 10-day cooling-off period given under law, new research finds.
Cryonics has gone from the world of sci-fi movies to the law courts for the family of one 14-year-old girl. from www.shutterstock.com

Cryonics: hype, hope or hell?

A UK court has allowed a 14-year-old girl's body to be frozen until doctors find a cure for the cancer that killed her. Is this latest example of cryogenics hope, hype or hell?
The mitotic spindle inside a living cell, magnified x 80,000, captured by biomedical animator Drew Berry. Drew Barry/Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts

Of microbes and machines: how art and science fuse in Bio-art

When art meets the biological sciences, living matter becomes the medium. From the chaotic beauty of smallpox to poems implanted in bacteria, Bio-art investigates the boundaries of life and death.
Using the same network analysis used to identify criminal organisations, new research examines how men work in the film industry. Shutterstock

Women aren’t the problem in the film industry, men are

Women are underrepresented in the film industry, but it's not their fault. New research analyses the system that ensures male dominance and identifies the 'gender offenders': men who work predominantly with men.
Leonard Cohen in 2008, just before he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

As a writer-musician, Leonard Cohen was a one-off

Perhaps more clearly than Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen showed that songwriting can be a literary art. Within his apparently simple words lies a profound sense of playfulness and enigma.

On a bad day, some blue sky..

It’s a funny way that I make my living. I spend anything up to 10 hours a day sitting at a desk talking to people with problems. I work in a practice which has set out to develop a culture of sharing triumphs…
Donald Trump on the campaign trail. His rise may have less real meaning than many analysts suggest. Reuters/Mike Segar

The risk of reading too much into the rise of Donald Trump

There has been much analysis on the rise of Donald Trump as the result of widespread social and economic unrest, but a look at the primaries shows it to be more of a quirk of the system.
Montaigne: his free-ranging essays were almost scandalous in their day. Étienne Dumonstier/Wikimedia Commons

Guide to the classics: Michel de Montaigne’s Essays

Montaigne anticipated much of modern thought, and was profoundly shaped by the classics. His Essays, so personal yet so urbane, continue to challenge and charm readers.

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