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Superheroes – and villains – are more popular than they’ve ever been.

Why the world needs superheroes

From Wonder Woman to Doctor Strange, superheroes are at peak popularity. As political orthodoxies across the world fall away, these flawed, but good-hearted characters speak to modern anxieties.
The ACCC has blocked the big four banks from bargaining with Apple for more control over Apple Pay. Damir Sagolj/Reuters

ACCC rejects the banks colluding to bargain on Apple Pay

The banks could have used their collective bargaining power not only against Apple for Apple Pay but also stall the adoption of mobile payments in Australia.
The gas giant Saturn revealed in all its splendour by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. This vantage point revealed the hexagonal storm raging on the pole as well as the innermost rings surrounding the planet. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Thanksgiving space dinners, threading Saturn’s rings and impossible warp drives

Fuel-less rockets, Thanksgiving space-treats and threading an interplanetary needle, space never gets dull.
Social anxiety is considered a disorder when people have an excessive fear of negative evaluation or judgement triggered by social or performance situations. Camila Paez/Shutterstock

Explainer: what is exposure therapy and how can it treat social anxiety?

Exposure therapy, where people face their feared social situations, is one treatment that can be used to treat social anxiety. So how does it work?
Denying prisoners internet access seriously damages their prospects of rehabilitation. Lightspring from www.shutterstock.com

Give prisoners internet access for a safer and more humane community

If we are serious about rehabilitating prisoners and reducing reoffending, then education and integration back into the community are vital. Today, internet access is essential to achieve that.
Policy uncertainty within government surrounding climate change complicates efforts by carbon-intensive companies to develop a long-term strategy. Nikki Short/AAP

Policy uncertainty continues to hamper carbon emissions management

Managers from carbon intensive companies are holding off on long term emissions strategies because of uncertainty around regulations and policies, new research finds.
Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election defied almost all predictions. EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo

How did we get the result of the US election so wrong?

Swinburne political scientist Bryan Cranton looks at why so many experts got the US Election so wrong
A man stands in front of a convoy of tanks in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, in 1989. REUTERS Arthur Tsang

On HIV, Tiananmen Square and science

In light of the fact that the Australian government has announced its intention to place a lifetime visa ban on boat people who arrive here, and that in America one of the candidates for the US Presidency…
Tobacco companies are adapting to Australia’s plain packaging laws by lowering prices and changing their marketing strategies. Chris Wattie/Reuters

How the tobacco industry is gaming Australian health regulations

Big tobacco companies have found a way around plain packaging with clever marketing techniques that undermine Australian regulations.

Do we thank science for all our prosperity?

It is easy to see the benefits from the advances we have made in physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science and the life sciences. Without these impressive leaps in understanding, we would not have…
Stuart Morris QC (left) and Leonie Hemingway (formerly Leonie Burke) led the Labor and Liberal governments’ attempts at reforming local government. Andrew Dodd

Change Agents: Stuart Morris and Leonie Hemingway on Australia’s most radical reform of local government

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In this episode of Change Agents, Andrew Dodd speaks with Stuart Morris and Leonie Hemingway about their successes and failures on the road to reforming Victoria's local government.

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