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Norweigian oil rig. Black Inc. Books

Book Review: Trillion Dollar Baby

Paul Cleary makes a good case as to why Australia should follow Norway as an example of how to tax miners in Trillion Dollar Baby.
Elephant feet have peculiar structures that can also be seen in other large-bodied animals. Supplied

Why elephants kept in captivity suffer from sore feet

Foot problems are more rife in elephants living in captivity. The hard ground they walk on often gives them foot trouble. Generally, by the time the problem is picked up, it's too late.
There is a great opportunity and imperative for Australia and Indonesia to join forces to solve critical challenges facing the ocean and coastal regions. Lkzz/www.shutterstock.com

Indonesia and Australia are sleeping ocean superpowers

The two countries share huge marine resources and opportunities. At the same time both face increasing challenges to their oceans and coastal regions from climate change and over-exploitation.
President Trump could withdraw from environmental treaties, but trade protectionism could be an opportunity for reform. EPA/TANNEN MAURY

Trump presidency presents challenges and opportunities for the environment

While Trump’s more extreme campaign promises may not eventuate, substantive changes in how the US engages with the world on environmental, and many other, issues are likely.
How can we use data from international tests to improve student learning? from www.shutterstock.com

NAPLAN results: moving beyond our obsession with numbers

Various forms of testing that reduce students’ knowledge, capacities and skills to a single number cannot of themselves help inform improvement.
Cleared habitat in Niassa Reserve, Mozambique. James Allan

Half the world’s ecosystems at risk from habitat loss, and Australia is one of the worst

Since 1992, an area of land two-thirds the size of Australia has been converted to human use.
CEOs who are more confident are less likely to sell their own stock in a company. www.shutterstock.com

Overconfident CEOs are less socially responsible

If a company is led by an overconfident CEO, the firm is less likely to invest in corporate social responsibility measures like workforce diversity.
Shareholder activism is growing worldwide. Heino Kalis/Reuters

Australia is ripe for shareholder activism

Australia's rules on how investors engage with companies, coupled with the clout of superannuation investor groups, means there's potential for more shareholder activism.
Are contemporary insults as witty as the scorn of the past? Ollyy/www.shutterstock.com

Review: the fine art of scorn from Twain to Trump

Scorn has a long and humorous history. But a new book on the subject, featuring quotes from Kanye West, Christopher Hitchens and of course, Donald Trump, rather lacks contemporary wit.
Developers need to be aware of any legal or ethical issues when creating any healthcare apps for smartphones. Shutterstock/thodonal

Who’s listening? The ethical and legal issues of developing a health app

Developers working on apps to help monitor and improve our health could accidentally find themselves on the wrong side of the law.
Australia has slipped further down the international rankings in maths, science and reading. from www.shutterstock.com

PISA results don’t look good, but before we panic let’s look at what we can learn from the latest test

Rather than leaping to conclusions about a failing education system, we need to look at what the data tells us about student performance at a state level to help us make more informed decisions.

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