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The 2016 storm that blacked out South Australia had everyone talking about a critical infrastructure failure. David Mariuz/AAP

What’s critical about critical infrastructure?

Critical infrastructure is our means of survival as an urban species. So, we must identify what is critical, for whom and how it might fail us.
Dietary calcium is necessary to ensure our bones hold on to all the calcium they need to stay strong. Incase/Flickr

Explainer: how do our bones get calcium and why do they need it?

If dietary calcium is in short supply, calcium is released from bone to maintain the critical level in the bloodstream needed for nerve and muscle function.
A study has for the first time provided a detailed profile of who mental health carers are and what they do. Rachel Young/Flickr

Here’s how much it would cost the government to pay everyone who takes care of family with mental illness

A new study has for first time placed a dollar value on how much it would cost the government to replace those who unofficially care for family members with mental illness.
The most expensive punctuation in the world… Gayle Dee/Flickr

Grammarians rejoice in the $10 million comma

A badly written law cost a US company US$10 million, when a judge ruled that a comma missing from a statute meant 75 truck drivers were owed four years of unpaid overtime wages.
Early in the morning and late in the evening is when shorebirds escape disturbance on the beaches on which their survival depends. Arnuchulo

Contested spaces: saving nature when our beaches have gone to the dogs

We aren’t just jostling with each other for beach space. Scuttling, waddling, hopping or flying away from beachgoers all around Australia, wildlife struggles to survive the daily disturbances.
People’s sense of self is partly determined by the groups to which they belong: “I’m a smoker”. moriza/flickr

Goodbye glamour-puss and rugged hero: smokers lose brand identity with plain cigarette packaging

Cigarette brands present images of slender, stylish women and strong, independent men. Plain packaging breaks this positive brand identity for some smokers.
Popular tourist destination Kuta beach in Bali, Indonesia, is regularly covered in waste, most of it plastic that washes ashore during the rainy season. This picture was taken on February 15, 2016. Wira Suryantala/Antara/Reuters

Indonesia vows to tackle marine pollution

Marine plastic pollution is a global problem. Bali's beaches present prime examples and an opportunity to study the socio-economic effects this has on coastal communities.
In Queensland, police can issue on-the-spot ten-day banning orders to patrons who engage in violent or anti-social behaviour in and around licensed venues. AAP/Dan Peled

Banning orders won’t solve alcohol-fuelled violence – but they can be part of the solution

Banning orders can encourage personal responsibility and demonstrate that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.

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