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Monash University was established in 1958 and welcomed its first intake of students in 1961. In its fifty year history, the university has established itself as one of Australia’s finest tertiary institutions, building an enviable reputation for both its outstanding teaching and its transformative research. Today, Monash is Australia’s largest university, boasting a global network of more than 250,000 alumni.

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Human challenge studies can be useful to test new vaccines and are increasingly being used internationally. Yet there are several ethical issues to consider. from www.shutterstock.com

Infecting healthy people in vaccine research can be ethical and necessary

Deliberately infecting people with a disease-causing agent as part of carefully considered medical research can be ethically acceptable or even necessary.
Deepfakes make it harder for us to communicate truths to one another and reach consensus on what is real. Screenshot

People who spread deepfakes think their lies reveal a deeper truth

We know that social media platforms have an incentive to promote whatever gets the most attention, regardless of its authenticity. We're more reluctant to admit that the same is true of people.
A nuclear reaction is under way inside the Sun. Emily Nunell/The Conversation CC-NY-BD

Curious Kids: how is the Sun burning?

It's true that here on Earth, if you want to burn something you need oxygen. But the Sun is different. It is not burning with the same kind of flame you would have on Earth if you burned a candle.
You might feel terrible. But your runny nose, sore throat and aches are signs your body is fighting the flu virus. And that’s a good thing. from www.shutterstock.com

Sick with the flu? Here’s why you feel so bad

How can a tiny flu virus make you feel so bad, all over? Here's what's behind your high temperature, muscle aches and other flu symptoms.
Junior sports clubs in Australia have policies in place for handling racial taunting and vilification, but punishments are rarely enforced. David Crosling/AAP

Racial abuse is rife in junior sports – and little is being done to address it

New research has found that racial vilification is a common occurrence in junior sport in Australia – and is rarely punished when it happens.
New South Wales, which was 100% drought-declared in August 2018, is already suffering climate impacts. Michael Cleary

Why old-school climate denial has had its day

Ten years ago, politicians such as Tony Abbott would routinely voice disdain for climate science. Now, while the policy debate remains fierce, the battleground has shifted to economics and jobs.
L'eau, une sérieuse alliée pour supporter la chaleur dans les villes. Ici, à Mexico. Gerardo/Flickr

Des villes vertes et bleues pour supporter un climat plus chaud

Une bonne gestion de l’eau, couplée à la végétalisation, aide les villes à résister aux dérèglements climatiques. À ce titre, une initiative australienne apporte des solutions concrètes inspirantes.
Bright light does not necessarily make a space feel safer, as seen here where there’s a sharp drop-off into dark shadows at the edge of the path. grafxart/Shutterstock

More lighting alone does not create safer cities. Look at what research with young women tells us

Bright lighting alone does not make a space feel safe. It can blind and disorientate and create dark shadows at the edges. Tellingly, 'unsafe' places had much higher illuminance than 'safe' places.
Boris Johnson is one of the leading candidates to succeed Theresa May as prime minster. He has none of the required qualities to make a success of Brexit. Andy Rain/EPA

Why Boris Johnson would be a mistake to succeed Theresa May

If Boris Johnson becomes PM, the most likely outcome is a no-deal Brexit leavened with the rhetoric of past and future glories of the UK. There are better candidates for the job.

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