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Random ID checks announced last week by the Turnbull government will erode trust between police and the public. AAP/Ellen Smith

Why random identification checks at airports are a bad idea

We need to ensure we do not sacrifice our liberty in the pursuit of a goal that is at best ineffective and at worst counterproductive.
We only know if a cancer has been cured in hindsight. Photo by Kaylee Eden on Unsplash

My cancer is in remission – does this mean I’m cured?

A cancer is in remission when it can no longer be detected. But we only say it's cured when it hasn't come back for a certain time – and that differs for different cancers.
Some people reward themselves for exercise with food, stymying weight-loss efforts. from www.shutterstock.com

I go to the gym every day. Why can’t I lose weight?

People are often disappointed when exercise doesn't translate into weight loss. Here are four reasons it might not be happening for you (yet).
Turkish soldiers in a trench at Gallipoli. The way Turkish youth commemorate the battle tells us much about the country’s politics. Ausstralian Dept of Veterans Affairs

Gallipoli commemorations of Turkish youth tell us much about politics in Turkey

At Gallipoli this Anzac Day, thousands of Turkish youth will re-enact a march that stopped the Anzac advance in 1915. The march has taken on new significance in Turkey since an attempted coup in 2016.
Protein supplements are expensive, and might not be doing much for you. from www.shutterstock.com

Do athletes really need protein supplements?

Most Australians have double the recommended intake of protein already, meaning protein shakes are probably superfluous for most.
Aung San Suu Kyi has lost much of her goodwill since the 2017 Rohingya crisis. Hein Htet/AAP

After the Rohingya crisis, Aung San Suu Kyi will come to the ASEAN summit with her reputation tarnished

When Aung San Suu Kyi led her party to victory in 2015, many hoped Myanmar's worst days were behind them. But the government's complicity in the Rohingya crisis has tarnished her reputation.
US President Donald Trump talks to high school students about safety on campus following the shooting deaths of 17 people at a Florida school. Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Arming teachers will only make US school shootings worse

There is not a skerrick of evidence that the Trump plan is workable.
Despite billions spent on trying to save water in the Murray Darling Basin, results have been disappointing. John Williams

The Murray Darling Basin Plan is not delivering – there’s no more time to waste

A dozen leading researchers have issued an urgent call to action for the Murray-Darling Basin, arguing that the billions spent on water-efficient irrigation have done little for the rivers' health.
Waking up to this every morning would surely give you more will to live. Unsplash/jonathan daniels

Four ways having a pet increases your lifespan

Pet owners will often swear their beloved pooch or moggie does wonders for their wellbeing, and now we have empirical proof.

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