‘I once asked Terry why he hadn’t killed off a particular character. He looked at me askance.’
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'I knew and counted Terry among my friends, and I watched Alzheimer’s slowly and insidiously strip him of attributes and faculty.' So what can we make of his final Discworld novel, published posthumously?
Should parents be allowed to select the sex of their child through IVF when there’s no compelling medical reason to do so?
The National Health and Medical Research Council call for public submissions on whether sex selection should be allowed without a medical reason recognises changing social attitudes.
We’re more likely to recall memories and information we’ve used frequently rather than those obtained at a particular age.
People with dementia judge the passage of time differently, and can access remote memories from many decades ago while being unable to remember events of the past few hours.
Detecting viruses in wild-caught mosquitoes provides intimate detail of disease transmission cycles.
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We monitor mosquitoes to help predict and control virus outbreaks. And a new technique for collecting mosquito saliva from the field has made the process both more sensitive and inexpensive.
The physical and mental health benefits associated with moving, being active and mindful are not just limited to yoga.
One in six Australians will have a stroke in their lifetime. That's about 51,000 strokes per year, or one every ten minutes.
Questions are being asked about why Man Haron Monis was free on bail, but a witch-hunt is unlikely to improve the process of deciding when to keep an accused person in custody.
The spotlight is on a 2013 decision to grant bail to Man Haron Monis, the man responsible for the Lindt Cafe siege a year later. It must be hoped risk-averse politicians can avoid knee-jerk responses.
Prime Minister Najib Razak is at the centre of a scandal over investigations into the origins of US$700 million transferred into his bank account.
Najib Razak's response to corruption allegations has been a crackdown on investigators and his critics on both sides of politics. Malaysians are left wondering where their nation is headed.
The burden of creating a more inclusive, fairer and more tolerant society is carried by the younger generation.
There are many similarities between blockbusting young adult novels such as The Hunger Games series and Australian books such as Taronga – but there are also clear differences in their messages for the young.
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There is an air of mysticism attached to high-growth companies: but in the main, they followed five golden rules.
We’re not that different from you.
We can learn a lot about ourselves and our evolutionary history by looking at the personalities of our primate cousins.
Journalists are often expected to engage with social media.
The recent sacking of an SBS journalist for controversial statements made on social media could inspire self-censorship amongst journalists.
One in four consumers misjudge the value of the deals offered.
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New research shows one in four shoppers misjudge the value of supermarket deals.
The standard of proof that applies in different types of judicial proceedings may result in quite different verdicts.
After saying he was 'deeply suspicious', a judge cleared a man of child pornography offences. We need to understand the standard of proof to make sense of verdicts, including AFL rulings on doping.
Cold and flu tablets won’t cure a cold.
Pharmacies have aisles full of cold and flu tablets. But which product is the best one for you? And will it really help you feel better?
Your pain is in fact produced in your head and it will produce it more readily and more intensely if you have what you think is clear evidence that something is wrong.
People develop a long-term problem after an episode of back pain if they expect to not recover. Steps by the medical sector to avoid catatrophising back pain by not suggesting scans will help.
Researchers are turning their attention to what makes creativity work in organisations.
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Creativity is credited with providing the capability for organisations to generate unique intellectual property, unique methods and processes – so how is it generated and promoted?
Women and children face increased housing costs after leaving dangerous relationships.
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New research shows domestic violence can force women into lower-quality housing -- or make it harder to find a home altogether.
Researchers appear to be stuck in a tug-of-war over the causes of the current levels of obesity.
Obesity researchers have been in a tug of war about obesity for decades now. So what does the evidence show about the latest offensive in the obesity wars?
Keytruda® targets a protein on the surface of immune cells that stopped them from attacking the melanoma cells.
Keytruda® is the latest drug to be registered in Australia for the treatment of widespread melanoma. But we must wait to see if it meets the cost-effectiveness targets for PBS subsidisation.
Health staff, child protection workers and forensic specialists should already be collaborating to share information.
Responses to high-risk pregnancy and high-risk infants across Australia are haphazard, and legislation alone will not correct the problem.