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The cover that trees provide transforms cities into much more hospitable places, especially in hot weather. AAP/Joe Castro

In a heatwave, the leafy suburbs are even more advantaged

Six years after Black Saturday, it's worth remembering that heatwaves kill more people than bushfires do, so shade can be a life-saver. But tree cover and shade are not evenly distributed in cities.
Barbies now come in all shapes, sizes and colours – but the history of the doll shows it’s business as usual for Mattel. Mattel

Drastic plastic: a look at Barbie’s new bodies

Barbie has a forgotten history of changing in response to market pressures. Are her multiple new bodies ushering in an era of ethical body inclusiveness, or is Mattel just shifting deckchairs on the Titanic?
Samuel Johnson will play Molly Meldrum in Channel 7 miniseries Molly. Image courtesy of Channel 7.

How will ‘Molly’ help us remember Australian culture?

Molly Meldrum's life is coming to the small screen with a two-part miniseries. How faithfully can we expect the show to reproduce history? Taking a look at the soundtrack might provide a clue.
For one in three people who live in cities in the global south that means living in a slum. AAP/Diego Azubel

The ethical city: an idea whose time has come

At the Habitat III summit in October, governments will agree an agenda to guide sustainable global urban development over the next 20 years. The rise of the ethical city is a key element of this.
With a quarter of the population aged over 65, Japan has had to be innovative in catering for their wants and needs. Martyn Jones

Japan offers us many lessons in embracing longevity

Japan's ageing population is at the point that Australia is forecast to reach in 2056. The Japanese have had to develop new models of aged care in the community and we can learn a lot from them.
When Malcolm Turnbull became prime minister, the innovation debate began in earnest, but some of Australia’s rivals have a head start in the fierce global contest of ideas. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

Battle of ideas is on as election-year innovation debate starts to make up for lost time

Politicians and policymakers are at last grappling with the urgent need to generate new ideas and fresh ways of doing things. But in the race to the top, Australia has barely reached base camp.
They say you are what you eat, and we’re learning that a bad diet might mean bad moods and bad behaviour. from www.shutterstock.com.au

How your meal affects your mood

Your thoughts, moods and behaviours are the product of your brain. What you eat affects the chemicals in your brain, and thus your moods and behaviours.
These participants in a seminar on advocacy and peacebuilding are part of a generation of young people working for global peace and security. Institute for Inclusive Security/flickr

Not just victims or threats: young people win recognition as workers for peace

When nearly half the world's people are under 24 years old, they clearly have a critical role to play in working for peace and security around the world.
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Do Plantoids Dream of Electric Arts Council Grants?

I was at the Blockchain Workshop in Sydney last week, whereupon among many wondrous things I did happen to see the very future of the arts economy in what Primavera De Filippi, a researcher at the Harvard…

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