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There’s nothing that everyone wants in a partner. But there are characteristics most men or women find attractive. Leo Hidalgo/Flickr

How do we choose a partner?

We know a lot about why people choose different brands of dishwashing detergent. But when it comes to the processes behind choosing a romantic partner, science knows surprisingly little.
Cindy Sherman was the subject, costume designer, make-up artist and photographer for the large-scale images showcased in a new retrospective. Detail: Untitled #466. Image courtesy of Cindy Sherman and Metro Pictures, New York

Here’s looking at: Cindy Sherman ‘Head Shots’

Cindy Sherman understands how people perform for the camera. Her art is a portrait of human vulnerability.
A park in the south-west Brisbane suburb of Inala, where producers of the SBS TV show Struggle Street had hoped to film. Raymond Teodo/flickr

Why I struggle with the idea of Struggle Street filming in my suburb

Residents of Inala, a poor neighbourhood in Brisbane, don’t need a voyeuristic TV show telling its audience the same tired narrative about poor people. They need a voice in public policy discussions and the chance to frame their own stories.
Neuropathic pain often doesn’t respond to common painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol. from shutterstock.com

Weekly dose: Lyrica, the epilepsy drug that treats chronic nerve pain

Lyrica, the brand name for a medicine called pregabalin, is an anti-epileptic drug most commonly used to treat chronic nerve pain - a type of pain caused by abnormality in, or damage to, the nerves.
Refugees try to warm themselves with a fire at a refugee camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. EPA/Yannis Kolesidis

A bit of numeracy can take the heat out of the asylum debate

What a Nobel prize-winning physicist can teach us about about trying to deal with the current global crisis over asylum seekers and refugees.
We come into this world, grow and flourish and then decay and die. Jakob Nilsson-Ehle/Flickr

Everything dies and it’s best we learn to live with that

If presented with a client who has death anxiety, we ask them to tell us what exactly they fear about death. Once we have this information, there are several approaches to treating fear of death.
Intelligent machines are getting better at understanding our conversation. Shutterstock/Gary Blakeley

The future of chatbots is more than just small-talk

Human communication is complex, rich in nuances and frequently includes non-verbal signs. That's a challenge if you want an intelligent machine to be part of the conversation.
There’s a lot of incentive to hype scientific findings but in the end nobody wins. Overselling findings can undermine the authority of scientists as well as the credibility of the sources and ultimately deceive or even endanger the public. Shutterstock

The danger of overselling science

Sometimes scientists, the media and the general public inadvertently conspire to oversell science, and that is bad for us all.
For Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, consonants and vowels function as mere vehicles for the raw emotions. Keith Bedford

A Moon Shaped Pool and the unmistakable alchemy of Radiohead

Radiohead's new album, a lush, complex soundscape, is beguiling, moving and politically urgent. But as always, their music rewards patience: a willingness to listen deeply, with an open mind.
Lonesome National Park is home to some of the last remaining brigalow woodland.

EcoCheck: can the Brigalow Belt bounce back?

Science was instrumental in working out how to clear brigalow forest to make way for farming in the 20th century. Now it's trying to bring these iconic forests back.

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