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Does citing a scholar run the risk of being perceived as validating not only the research, but the researcher? Michael Brace/flickr

Should academics cite those who have breached moral and humane borders?

Scholars have long encountered skeletons in the academic closets of peers and intellectual heroes. But is there a point where a scholar's behaviour is so taboo that their research should be consigned to the academic junk pile?
Polls show Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten locked in a tight race as the election campaign nears its end. Mick Tsikas/AAP

How political opinion polls affect voter behaviour

When the everyday punter sees or hears opinion polls, many might believe that their fellow punters are indeed evenly split on their voting intentions.
Why is persistent weight loss and weight maintenance so difficult? AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

Why we regain weight after drastic dieting

One would imagine the body would generally be supportive of weight loss. If so, why is persistent weight loss and weight maintenance so difficult?
Students at Heritage College Lake Macquarie taking it in turns to draw each other in 3-5 minutes in a rapid drawing learning activity.

Why is teaching kids to draw not a more important part of the curriculum?

Drawing can help us to think creatively and develop hand-eye coordination. But an insecurity around 'not being able to draw' is preventing many high-school students from using this skill.
Does man flu exist according to science? Jen Gallardo/Flickr

Health Check: is man flu real?

Common symptoms of man flu include inability to move off the bed or couch (whichever is nearest the television) and the more serious “losing the ability to do anything except groan in agony and claw at the uninfected”.
More training is needed to help teachers understand how to better support students with disability. from www.shutterstock.com

Children with disability are being excluded from education

Schools are deliberately disregarding disability standards through rejecting school places, being reluctant to make teaching adjustments and having poor attitudes towards disability.
Having a bad posture is believed to be one of the contributing factors of postural hunchback. from shutterstock.com

Health Check: can bad posture give you a hunchback?

If you don't alternate your posture at work, the stiffness can build, making it harder to straighten your spine. This can contribute to developing a hunched back.
Starting an exercise regime from scratch can be daunting. Krissa Corbett Kavouras/Flickr

Health Check: how to get off the couch and into exercise

Current guidelines suggest Aussie adults should accrue at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week. However, 60% of us fail to meet this recommendation.
Salt seems common enough, but it has some astounding properties. Shutterstock

Kitchen Science: A salt on the senses

That salt on your table can do amazing things chemically, and to the flavour of your favourite food. But don't eat too much!
Detainees on Manus Island are seeking an injunction to prevent their removal to Nauru or elsewhere until Australia’s High Court hears their case. AAP/Eoin Blackwell

High Court asked to declare Manus detention illegal as 859 detainees seek their day in court

If a new High Court claim against Australia's offshore detention regime succeeds, it will entirely undermine Australia’s inhumane practices in relation to “those who come across the seas”.
Exposure on social media can often lead to shaming. Arlette Cifuentes Meneses/Flickr

The shame of public shaming

Public shaming is not new. It’s been used as a punishment in all societies – often embraced by the formal law and always available for day-to-day policing of moral norms. However, over the past couple…

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