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The 2014 Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong against ‘Chinese-style democracy’ laid bare democracy’s contested meanings. Studio Incendo/flickr

If democracy is failing, why do so many lay claim to it?

Uncertainty is built into democracy, but we are seeing more talk of crisis and more attempts at redefinition. So where does this leave citizens who want to have a meaningful say in how they live?
Cities like Melbourne are a store for such huge amounts of resources that they could be used as urban mines. Donaldytong (own work)/Wikimedia

With the right tools, we can mine cities

With an ever-increasing cost to extract dwindling raw materials, it's time to look at cities as urban mines. We're developing the tools to do that.
Britain has woken up to a strange new world. Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire

Brexit: global reaction to Britain’s vote to leave the EU

Rolling reaction from the US, Russia, France, Poland, Greece, Australia and Belgium to the UK's decision.
Joan Roca de El Celler de Can Roca, “meilleur restaurant du monde”. VCrown/flickr

Consommation: un bon classement peut faire du mal

Palmarès des meilleurs restaurants du monde, classements en ligne des hôtels les plus appréciés… les consommateurs ont-ils toujours intérêt à utiliser ces éléments pour faire leurs choix. Pas sûr.
Belgian security forces patrol near the Jewish museum in Brussels. EPA/Julien Warnand

Much soul searching as Belgium confronts terror at home

Even as the world was still trying to make sense of the Paris attacks, attention suddenly shifted towards Brussels with the news that two suspected jihadis had been killed in a police anti-terror raid…
A protester makes her feelings clear about the pink batts scheme in 2010. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

Pink batts: what did it teach us about building better buildings?

The political fallout over the ill-fated Home Insulation Program continues, with former prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard now having been summoned to appear before the Abbott government’s royal…
Still no change. Voice of America

Why does Congress oppose gun laws backed by more than 90% of US citizens?

One year on from the Connecticut shootings and the “gun-control paradox” still reigns in US politics. In the wake of the murder of the 20 children and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the response…
New homes go up at a housing estate at Cecil Hills in western Sydney. AAP/Dean Lewins

Why energy-saving homes often use more energy

Energy efficient houses are often thought to be a promising way to reduce our environmental footprint by using less energy and producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, surprisingly, if you consider…

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