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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces the new Home Affairs office, a major political win for Peter Dutton. AAP/Mick Tsiakis

Knives are sharpening on the new home affairs office

If the home affairs office is as unwieldy as its US counterpart, we might be about to take one step forward and two steps back.
Detail from Katsushika Hokusai, The great wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki namiura), (1830–34), from the Thirty-six views of Mt Fuji (Fugaku-sanjū-rokkei) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Felton Bequest, 1909 (426-2)

Friday essay: from the Great Wave to Starry Night, how a blue pigment changed the world

Hokusai's Great Wave is the enduring image of Japanese art. Less well known is the story of its primary pigment - Prussian blue - which was created in a lab accident in Berlin and sparked 'blue fever' in Europe.
The role ‘creepshots’ have in the denigration of women, and broader questions concerning privacy, the body, and public spaces, need to be considered. Shutterstock

Explainer: what are ‘creepshots’ and what can we do about them?

'Creepshots' are provoking questions concerning rights to privacy in public, and ethical concerns regarding technology and bodily autonomy.
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Asia’s dangerous new geopolitics

The first week of July is not normally one that brings great events in world politics. Around that time, the northern hemisphere normally shifts into summer holiday mode. Recently, this has become less…
Terese Pagh eating a banana flavoured eXo Protein bar made out of cricket powder. provded by The Gateway Bug

The Gateway Bug: a documentary about the future of food

I’ve had the privilege of getting a sneak preview of a movie called The Gateway Bug, which is a documentary about feeding humanity in an uncertain age. It will be shown in Melbourne next weekend as part…
The much-anticipated meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump finally took place at the G20 summit in Hamburg. Reuters/Carlos Barria

When Trump met Putin, and how the Russian won the day

While the full details of the much-anticipated Trump-Putin meeting are not yet known, it appears Donald Trump gained little while conceding much.
Gold Rush garbage. S.Hayes. Artefact is part of Heritage Victoria's collection.

Gold Rush Victoria was as wasteful as we are today

What we buy has defined who we are since the Gold Rush. In the 1850s and 1860s, people communicated their social status by buying stuff - dinner sets, junk jewellery - and throwing their old things away.
The completed European X-ray Laser tunnel, also known as the XFEL Beschleunigertunnel, photographed in March 2017. © European XFEL / Heiner Müller-Elsner

Playing the numbers: a billion-dollar gamble on the European X-ray Laser

The €1.22 billion XFEL will generate ultrashort X-ray flashes to capture molecules in motion to answer medical and scientific questions. But will the investment be worth it?
Our land-title system originated in the mid-19th century when Sir Robert Richard Torrens campaigned to reform Adelaide’s chaotic deeds-based land system. National Library of Australia

Torrens, our land-title pioneer, might have approved of privatised registries

Sir Robert Richard Torrens – the man behind Australia’s 'Torrens system' of land-title registration – was an economic liberal who might have approved of privatising title registries.

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