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One in three 18 to 25 year olds reported feeling lonely three or more times in the past week. Todd Diemer

1 in 3 young adults is lonely – and it affects their mental health

Loneliness is often triggered by significant life events, and young people have these in abundance. But the solution isn't as simple as joining a group or trying harder to make friends.
The Parkes Observatory radio dish, the second largest telescope in the southern hemisphere, has a ‘multibeam’ receiver which can search 13 places in the sky simultaneously for signs of intelligent life. Shutterstock

Curious Kids: what has the search for extraterrestrial life actually yielded and how does it work?

The Universe is mind-bogglingly large and with the latest technology, the search is only just starting to heat up.
Even when sharing a house, the average cost of rent means very little is left over from the Newstart allowance for food and living costs. shutterstock.com

City share-house rents eat up most of Newstart, leaving less than $100 a week to live on

Once rent is paid, having to live on only $14 a day doesn't cover the costs of job seeking. The evidence of the need to increase Newstart and Rent Allowance is overwhelming.
Google’s Stadia will be available through the Google Chrome web browser, on smartphones, smart televisions, tablets, and through Chromecast. dronepicr/Wikimedia Commons

Apple Arcade and Google Stadia aim to offer frictionless gaming, if your NBN plan can handle it

Google's Stadia and Apple Arcade will rattle the gaming world this year. Both aim to solve current limitations, but as user experience improves, issues around connectivity and cost arise.
The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is equipped with eight instruments to study the moon, including a lunar terrain mapping camera and a sensor to study the moon’s thin exosphere. Indian Space Research Organisation/AAP

India’s moon mission should be considered a success, and a lesson in spacefaring

Despite a last-minute crash-landing, efforts behind India's moon mission should be applauded. The endeavor has set an example for emerging space programs across the globe.
Of the sports examined, netball was ranked highest in terms of overall leadership for the greater good. AAP/Darren England

Best on ground: why Australians think sporting bodies provide strongest leadership for public good

While trust in politics maybe at an all-time low, new research finds that trust in sporting bodies is relatively high.
Galileo thought Saturn looked a bit like the head of a teddy bear with two big ears. He thought it may be made of three planets. www.shuttershock.com

Curious Kids: why does Saturn have rings?

Most people think that many millions of years ago, Saturn didn't have rings at all. Instead, it had a big moon moving around it. Eventually, the moon burst and broke into pieces.
An image from the New Art Gallery of Western Australia, Structural Engineering Brochure, 1979. Public Works Department of WA

Brutalism: how to love a concrete beast

Often described by critics as dehumanising, depressing and oppressive, Brutalism is having a moment – especially on social media.
If more of us were free to work from home, fewer of us would be stuck in traffic. Daria Chichkareva, fkigali/Shutterstock

Flexible working, the neglected congestion-busting solution for our cities

Two-thirds of surveyed workers work from home one day a week on average, but could do at least half their work out of the workplace. If they commuted less often, congestion could be greatly reduced.
Protesters outside the Australian embassy in Dili, Timor-Leste, in 2016, demanding a settlement of the border dispute between the nations. Antonio Dasiparu/EPA

After a border dispute and spying scandal, can Australia and Timor-Leste be good neighbours?

Since Timor-Leste's independence, relations with Australia have been undermined by contentious negotiations over oil and gas fields. But a new maritime border may mean brighter days ahead.
GetUp has been in the Coalition’s firing line for a number of years now, which is not surprising, given its lobbying efforts for left-wing causes. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Yes, GetUp fights for progressive causes, but it is not a political party – and is not beholden to one

GetUp is already subject to the same type of regulation as a political party. By challenging its links to left-wing parties, though, the Coalition is seeking to strip away its claim of independence.

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