The cover that trees provide transforms cities into much more hospitable places, especially in hot weather.
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.
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.
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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.
To lawn or not to lawn, that is the question.
As summer rolls on once again you're despairing at a brown lawn. Perhaps you should embrace a shabbier backyard.
Panellists discussed domestic violence on Q&A on February 1, 2016.
Are domestic violence figures actually on the decline? FactCheck investigates.
Did Australia already have a deposit guarantee in place in 2008?
Kevin Rudd believed he protected Australians from the global financial crisis with a bank deposit guarantee. But we already had one.
How have student enrolment patterns changed since the government introduced the “demand-driven” system in 2012?
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Is Universities Australia right to say that new data shows that the growth in new university enrolments has flat-lined?
Plugging in: more energy efficient cars are just one of the ways to improve energy productivity.
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'Energy productivity' is the new buzz-phrase in energy and climate policy, what even is it?
For one in three people who live in cities in the global south that means living in a slum.
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.
Daisy Domergue’s story sits at the centre of The Hateful Eight (2015).
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The Hateful Eight has been praised as a violent but optimistic story of men working to come together – but it's also been derided as a thinly veiled exercise in misogynistic violence.
With a quarter of the population aged over 65, Japan has had to be innovative in catering for their wants and needs.
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.
It looks great – but what about the wildlife?
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Cities are aiming to increase their tree cover. But there will need to be more than trees to encourage wildlife to return.
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.
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.
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.
Bowie went out as a trailblazer.
Rock and roll is getting old. And with this ageing, we are increasingly seeing different types of death claiming our idols.
Dick Smith’s future hangs in the balance.
There are lessons to be learned from the failure of Dick Smith but it's not necessarily an indicator of a trend for 2016.
Tackling one of life’s biggest questions.
It's time to tackle a question we've all pondered at one point or another: should I use an electric dryer or hand towels to dry my hands? The answer may surprise you.
A community-led advocacy campaign helped steer the Victorian government away from building the East West Link.
Communities want urban policy to deliver the right projects at the right time in the right place. Governments should embrace local citizens and interest groups as key players in crafting such policy.
These participants in a seminar on advocacy and peacebuilding are part of a generation of young people working for global peace and security.
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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.
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…