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There are many genes involved in shaping not just our biological sex, but also our gender identity. Limor Zellermayer/Unsplash

How genes and evolution shape gender – and transgender – identity

It's not about trauma or how you were raised: evidence now points to a biological basis for transgender, and to the action of particular genes in that determination.
Linen Market, Dominica, oil painting by Agostino Brunias, circa 1780. Wikimedia Commons

Guide to the classics: Wide Sargasso Sea

Jean Rhys's prequel to Jane Eyre explores the monstrous figure of Rochester's mad wife Bertha, prompting readers to think about the racialised legacies of colonialism.
Uninviting, car-dominated streets, like this one in Melbourne, reduce our experience menu by discouraging beneficial activities like walking and sharing places with other people. Daniel Bowen/Flickr

Is your ‘experience diet’ making you unwell?

If the menu of potential activities that do us good is made to look uninviting or challenging, we are more likely to choose the easier but less healthy option.
We need to have a more nuanced discussion about threats to academic freedom – not just a heavily polarised debate based on a poorly constructed audit. www.shutterstock.com

We need to talk about the actual threats to academic freedom on Australian campuses

The Institute for Public Affairs' audit of academic freedom pits people either for or against universities. This prevents us from having thorough conversations about real threats to academic freedom.
Scott Morrison’s announcement that Australia would recognise West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has cause a negative reaction not only from the Muslim world, but from Israel itself. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Morrison’s decision to recognise West Jerusalem the latest bad move in a mess of his own making

In his efforts to find favour with Israel’s supporters at the Wentworth byelection, Morrison crossed that divide, and has now infuriated many - including the Israeli government.
Perhaps readers want less on what Trump is saying and more on what his administration is doing. CHRISTIAN HARTMANN / POOL/EPA

Media Files: Covering Trump, funding news and the rise of impunity. The Guardian’s Kath Viner on the big media stories of 2018

The biggest issues of 2018, with The Guardian’s editor-in-chief Katharine Viner. The Conversation, CC BY58.6 MB (download)
In conversation with Andrew Dodd, Andrea Carson and Matthew Ricketson, The Guardian's editor-in-chief discusses the big stories of 2018 and what she sees as the major challenges of 2019.
There is no clear cybersecurity governance framework geared towards detecting and preventing attacks against digital identity assets.

Protecting our digital heritage in the age of cyber threats

Digital identity assets, such as property records and Parliamentary proceedings, embody who and what Australia is as a nation. We need to do more to protect them.
For many respondents, leaving a newsroom has allowed a re-evaluation of work-life balance. Mal Fairclough/AAP

New research reveals how Australian journalists are faring four years after redundancy

Since leaving secure jobs in newsrooms, employment has been unstable for many former journalists – but job satisfaction has been surprisingly high.

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