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Experts over time continue to disagree on what is the best email etiquette. www.shutterstock.com

To smiley face or not: the complexity of email etiquette

As a part of human interaction, emails are as nuanced and complex as the social world we find them, and it is unlikely that we can rely on a checklist of quick-fix rules.
In Australia animal testing is currently required for some potentially toxic new cosmetic ingredients. Understanding Animal Research/Flickr

Australia will finally ban cosmetic testing on animals

A bill has been proposed to ban testing cosmetics on animals in Australia. It will only affect a small number of animals, but it's an important step towards a global ban.
One down, two to go: Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo wins the first game of Go against Chinese grandmaster player Ke Jie, in May 2017. EPA/Wu Hong

No more playing games: AlphaGo AI to tackle some real world challenges

The artificial intelligence that beat a world master at the game of Go is now to be directed at more complex global problems. So what can we expect?
A compactor at work on Australian landfill. via Wikimedia commons

Explainer: how much landfill does Australia have?

Australia sends 20 million tonnes of garbage to landfill every year. With thousands of sites across the nation, it's hard to track exactly how many there are, where they are, and what's filling them.
It’s really ok to be a grammar pedant. Shutterstock

In defence of grammar pedantry

Grammar pedantry recently contributed to the downfall of World Bank chief economist Paul Romer. But 'grammonds' are people to be celebrated not vilified.
Hundreds of large old trees were removed when the Hume Highway was widened. Brian Yap/Flickr

The plan to protect wildlife displaced by the Hume Highway has failed

When the Hume Highway was widened, hundreds of nest boxes were installed to replace habitat for three threatened species. Four years of monitoring has concluded the program is entirely unsuccessful.
Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band : is this the best popular music has to offer? Paul Townsend, flickr

Sgt Pepper’s at 50 – the greatest thing you ever heard or just another album?

Dubbed the greatest album ever by Rolling Stone, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is turning 50. We asked six experts how it had stood the test of time and found opinions diverged widely.
The person using this shelter in New South Wales certainly meets the official definition of homeless, but how they see themselves is important. Bidgee/Wikimedia Commons

What’s in the name ‘homeless’? How people see themselves and the labels we apply matter

People who self-identify as 'homeless' have poorer wellbeing than others in the same circumstances, yet that's the label they must adopt to qualify for help.
When public investment in a development like Sydney’s Northern Beaches Hospital boosts land values, who should reap those gains: the community or individual owners? NSW Premier's Office/AAP

Tax on ‘unearned gains’ is the missing piece of the affordable housing puzzle

Who is entitled to the increase in value created by planning approvals, new infrastructure, population growth or urban development? For John Stuart Mill, the answer would have been the community.
Springy soles, stiffer shoes, lightweight materials. When does shoe design give some runners an unfair advantage? from www.shutterstock.com

Beware the hype – springy soles won’t make you run much faster

Running shoes with springs in the soles have been touted as the next big thing in shoe design. But they won't turn a weekend warrior into an Olympian.
An equestrian statue of a Julio-Claudian prince, originally identified as Caligula. ©Trustees of the British Museum: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license.

Mythbusting Ancient Rome – Caligula’s Horse

The emperor Caligula lavished attention on his favourite horse Incitatus, holding parties for friends in the steed's grand stables. But did he make his horse a consul?

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