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Badminton players need to excel in physical, tactical, psychological and technical traits. Reuters/Peter Cziborra

What makes an elite badminton player?

Badminton is one of the most popular sports in the world (especially across Asia, Denmark and the United Kingdom), with over 200 million people playing worldwide.
In the 100m final, every hundredth of a second gained or lost in the race counts. Reuters/Carlos Barria

What makes a winning sprinter?

The fastest male and female sprinters attain incredible top running speeds with peaks in excess of 44km per hour and 38km per hour, respectively, in the men's and women's 100m races.
Long-term use is not recommended because of the known side effects. But it took two decades, after its release in the 1960s, to recognise this. 3 0 d a g a r m e d a n a l h u s Follow/Flickr

Weekly Dose: Valium, the ‘safer choice’ that led to dependence and addiction

Benzodiazepines, like alcohol, are depressant drugs, sometimes referred to as “downers” as they make people feel relaxed, sleepy, less coordinated and generally slowed down.
Internships give students the skills to navigate real world situations like interviews. www.shutterstock.com

Internships help students better manage their careers

Students who complete internships at university are better at managing their careers and are satisifed with their career choices, research shows.
Banksia woodlands are home to thousands of plant species. Rob Davis

EcoCheck: Perth’s Banksia woodlands are in the path of the sprawling city

The Banksia woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain are home to thousands of species, many unique. But they are gradually being swallowed by Perth, one of the world's most sprawling cities.
Women face serious barriers to reaching the upper echelons of classical composing and conducting. Nicki Mannix

The sound of silence: why aren’t Australia’s female composers being heard?

The rate of female composers working in Australia hasn't risen in seven years. At one leading ensemble, 41 of 47 composers commissioned have been men. What's going wrong, and how can it be fixed?
Despite the obvious limitations, we still keep trying to do many things at the same time. Andrea Allen/Flickr

Health Check: can people actually multitask?

Research regularly shows when people try to do two things at once, they tend to do both tasks more poorly than if they'd only attempted one at a time.
Brussels Airport bombers Brahim and Khalid el-Bakraoui had previously spent time in prison. EPA/Interpol

The new breed of terrorists: criminals first, Islamists second

Apart from having little or no knowledge of religion, the new crop of Islamic State recruits come primed for violence with a different set of skills, honed through criminal activity.
Many claim the Safe Schools program is essential for reducing homophobia and transphobia in school. from www.shutterstock.com

Safe Schools review findings: experts respond

After a three-week debacle, the findings of the review into the Safe Schools Coalition program are out. Here's what academic experts make of the review.

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