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Sugar is sugar in the body. But the way they’re processed can make small differences. from www.shutterstock.com

White, brown, raw, honey: which type of sugar is best?

Next time you're baking a cake or putting a spoonful of something sweet in your coffee, here's which sugar you should choose and why.
Morning Mist Rock Island Bend, Franklin River, Southwest Tasmania. Peter Dombrovskis/ (courtesy Liz Dombrovskis) AAP

Friday essay: how archaeology helped save the Franklin River

The Franklin River campaign is commonly seen as a green victory; a fight for the right of 'wilderness' to exist. But archaeological research revealing the region's deep Aboriginal history was crucial to it.
What does a green star rating – One Central Park apartments in Sydney received five stars, for instance – actually mean? AAP

Greenwashing the property market: why ‘green star’ ratings don’t guarantee more sustainable buildings

Buildings are central to creating more sustainable cities, and green ratings are often used to assess how well a building measures up against this goal. But the current system has serious flaws.
Research shows play-based programs for young children can provide a strong basis for later success at school. Shutterstock

Play-based learning can set your child up for success at school and beyond

Research shows play-based learning programs enhance children's learning outcomes and teaches them skills relevant to the 21st century, such as problem-solving and creativity.
The researchers looked at cancer occurrence in those exposed to higher intakes of ultra-processed foods, compared to lower intakes. Shutterstock

Research Check: will eating ‘ultra-processed’ foods give you cancer?

The study showed that every 10% increase in consumption of ultra-processed food was linked to a 12% increase in developing some types of cancers. But it didn't show the processed food caused cancers.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller (centre) has laid the first charges from his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Reuters/Aaron Bernstein

The first charges over Russian involvement in the US election have been laid – are there more to come?

The indictments issued against a company and 13 individuals show a determination to disrupt the presidential campaign, but there is no allegation of collusion with Donald Trump's team.
Generally once a fortnight, someone at home will place the recycling bin out for a truck to drive past and empty your bin. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation

Curious Kids: Where do my recycled items go?

Magnets, air blowers, centrifuges, crushers: your recyclables go through a lot before they get turned into something else.
In July 2017, new research was published that pushed the opening chapters of Australian history back to 65,000 years ago. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation

Essays On Air: When did Australia’s human history begin?

When did Australia’s human history begin? The Conversation, CC BY16.6 MB (download)
Today's episode of Essays On Air, the audio version of our Friday essay series, seeks to move beyond the view of ancient Australia as a timeless and traditional foundation story.
Former senators Scott Ludlam, Nick Xenophon and Sam Dastyari announce the public interest journalism inquiry in May 2017. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Bad politics shouldn’t sink good ideas for public interest journalism

The recommendations of the Senate inquiry into the future of public interest journalism are unlikely to get much traction, but the very real issues it was investigating remain unresolved.
Point Cook is an example of the ‘super-diverse ethnoburbs’ that are home to new migrants of relatively high socioeconomic status from a mix of many countries. Shilpi Tewari

The rise of the super-diverse ‘ethnoburbs’

Australia has had a large influx of skilled migrants in recent decades. Better educated and more highly paid than past generations of migrants, they are also creating a different sort of community.

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