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All Australian schools should provide high-quality education to all Australian students, including Indigenous ones. Shutterstock

How flexischools could help close the gap in Indigenous education

Flexischools appear to be doing Indigenous education better than mainstream schooling. To close the gap in education, we should look at what these schools are doing and apply it in the mainstream.
In the Back to the Future movies, the DeLorean car was able to travel through time thanks to a flux capacitor. Wikimedia/Oto Godfrey and Justin Morton

We’ve designed a ‘flux capacitor’, but it won’t take us Back to the Future

Physicists have designed an electrical component that breaks time-reversal symmetry. Not quite the time machine from Hollywood but it should help with communication technology and quantum computing.
Surrounded by Angels, by Carl Schweninger der Jungere, 1912. Wikimedia Commons

Friday essay: what might heaven be like?

Notions of heaven have changed through the ages, from an eternity centred on God to a more secular place where loved ones will reunite.
With, for now, three Senate votes as her bargaining chips, Hanson’s impact – on government policy or on the major parties’ electoral strategy – is still being felt. AAP/Peter Mathew

Twenty years on, One Nation is still chaotic, controversial and influential

Despite its dysfunction and often inconsistent policy positions, the party has cemented an influential place in the federal arena, albeit a status that’s on the verge of diminishing drastically.
LGB people are overall happier and healthier in communities with fewer ‘no’ votes in last year’s same-sex marriage referendum. Shutterstock

How stigma impacts LGB health and wellbeing in Australia

New research shows that LGB people living in communities with low levels of stigma report better health and well-being.
After this episode, you’ll be able to explain how quantum mechanics affects everything from the way your jeans are cut to the headphones you use. Cindy Zhi/The Conversation NY-BD-CC

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: The explainer episode

The explainer episode. The Conversation, CC BY67.5 MB (download)
Today on Trust me, I'm An Expert, we're explaining the tricky topics: what is quantum mechanics? What does the research say about lone actor terrorism? And why do people like pimple popping videos?
Mala, also known as rufous hare-wallabies, will be protected behind an enormous cat-proof fence. Donald Hobern/Flickr

The future is fenced for Australian animals

Conservation fences create a few hundred square kilometres of safety for vulnerable native animals surrounded by 7.6 million lethal square kilometres.
Crowdfunded campaigns to save the orange-bellied parrot are a rare ray of hope. Fatih Sam

Crowdfunded campaigns are conserving the Earth’s environment

When environmental needs outstrip government funds, people power steps up.
A car is set alight during the 2005 riots that prompted soul-searching in France about segregated and badly designed housing projects. A.J./Wikimedia

When neighbourhoods become dangerous, look to local strengths for a lifeline

Planning matters. The 2005 riots in France started in badly designed housing projects, while innovative planning helped Medellín, Colombia, shed its reputation as the most violent city in the world.

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