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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.
Delegates to the Australasian Federation Conference, Melbourne, 1890, where being white, male and bearded was standard form. National Library of Australia

How Australia became a nation, and women won the vote

This year is the 120th anniversary of the Australasian Federal Convention through which, with rancour, prejudices and vested interests, the Australian nation was eventually born.
ACRI was founded with over A$2.8 million in donations from two wealthy Chinese entrepreneurs that had recently migrated to Australia. Bob Carr (left) was appointed its director. China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC/ Reuters

The Australia-China Relations Institute doesn’t belong at UTS

If Australia is going to successfully navigate its way through the “Asian Century,” we need independent centres of research excellence on China.
Some women, especially with diabetes, are recommended to express milk while still pregnant and to save it for their newborn. But it’s not for everyone. from www.shutterstock.com

Health Check: is it safe to express milk before giving birth?

Hospitals sometimes recommend women express milk towards the end of their pregnancies. But it's not suitable for all.
Delegates arrive ahead of the 2016 Shangri-La Dialogue. World leaders will again converge on the Singaporean hotel this weekend for the 2017 meeting. Reuters/Edgar Su

Taking Asia’s temperature at Shangri-La

For the first time in the dialogue’s 15 year history, the country most are puzzled about is not China.
Malcolm Turnbull visits the memorial at the Resolute Support Mission HQ Kabul, Afghanistan. 40 Australians have so far been killed in the long-running conflict. AAP/pool

We should not commit combat troops to the Afghanistan conflict – here’s why

Given the number of deaths and casualties in the long-running conflict, Australia needs to think carefully before committing more soldiers to a role that goes beyond training and support.
With every round of redundancies, significant questions arise around the long-term viability of mainstream news media in Australia. AAP/David Moir

Life after redundancy: what happens next for journalists when they leave newsrooms

There is lingering anger among journalists made redundant that expertise and experience seem to have become disposable assets in newsrooms.

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