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Fossilised ancient human footprints at the Mungo National Park. How are we to engage with a history that spans 65,000 years? Michael Amendolia/AAP

Friday essay: when did Australia’s human history begin?

Over the past half century, Australia has experienced a 'time revolution' with Indigenous history pushed back into the dizzying expanse of deep time. The latest discovery reminds us that science, like history, is an ongoing inquiry.
Highton Shopping Village in Geelong. Leila Farahani

This is how to create social hubs that make 20-minute neighbourhoods work

Low-density suburbs can cause social isolation that's harmful for individual and community well-being. But research confirms we can plan neighbourhood centres so they become vibrant social hubs.
Results from the 2017 NAPLAN results showed very little improvement since the test was introduced 10 years ago. Richard Wainwright/AAP

NAPLAN has done little to improve student outcomes

NAPLAN is good at measuring some aspects of education, including knowledge difference between demographics, but has not produced a positive effect on student learning outcomes.
Rohingya wait for humanitarian aid in the sprawling refugee camp on October 6, 2017 at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. aap

What is the best way to respond to the Rohingya crisis: boycott, sanctions or engagement?

As more than 800,000 Rohingya have now fled Myanmar for Bangladesh, a large-scale humanitarian crisis has unfolded. But what is the most productive way Australia can help?
Alexander Dugin: the philosopher or prophet who has been touted as ‘Putin s brain’.

Alexander Dugin, Eurasianism, and the American election

Alexander Diugin ("Putin's brain") justifies far-reaching Russian interferene in Western democracies, on the basis of a radical neofascist worldview-and his views are being taken very seriously.
The Australian national football team’s remarkable triumph in Vietnam in 1967 has never been properly and collectively recognised. Australian Soccer Federation

As Socceroos face moment of truth, let’s remember our football triumph of 1967

At the height of the Vietnam War, the Holt government agreed it would be a good idea if the national football team took part in a tournament in Vietnam to boost morale.
Teachers need to use their professional understanding and practical reasoning to assess the value of the proposed strategies and when, how and why they should be incorporated into their teaching. Shutterstock

Simplistic advice for teachers on how to teach won’t work

It's not enough to base teaching and learning policy on big data analysis, evidence needs to be rich, persuasive and justifiable and provide practical support to develop teaching approaches.
The increasing use of social media for news is alarming, because the information is not always reliable. Shutterstock

Australians born overseas prefer the online world for their news

New research shows that Australians from diverse backgrounds are turning away from traditional media and heading online, a trend that has great significance for media companies.
The Harry Potter series on display in Windsor, England. Anton Ivanov/Shuttershock.com

Rethinking Harry Potter twenty years on

The twentieth anniversary celebrations of the highest-selling book series of all time are now coming to a close. 2017 has been a milestone year for Harry Potter fans in their twenties and thirties, who…
The Victorian government has a new proposal to ban plastic bags. What is it missing? suvajit/pixabay

Victoria’s plastic bag ban: a good start, but we can do more

Victoria's proposed ban on single-use plastic bags is a step forward, but what about all the other unnecessary packaging? A truly effective waste policy should offer a comprehensive plan for packaging.
Beauty is still understood as a process of ongoing work and maintenance. Shutterstock.com

Friday essay: toxic beauty, then and now

The history of dangerous cosmetics shows us the harms that women have suffered to meet expectations of what is beautiful.
Australia’s species, like this green python, are remarkable, and need far better protection. Jenny Martin

Australia’s species need an independent champion

Australia's species, like this green python, are remarkable and need far better protection.

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