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Le moustique se régale de sang humain. Keith/Flickr

Piqûres d’insectes, attention à l’inflammation

Si ça vous démange furieusement, il y un risque supplémentaire que le moustique qui vient de vous piquer soit porteur d’une maladie. Alors, cet été, ne pas oublier de se protéger.

Censored Thoughts on the Fate of Turkish Democracy

Written several days ago, the following thoughts on the unfolding crisis in Turkey began their strange life as a tweet. It read: ‘failed Turkish coup shows that in the age of communicative abundance power…
This approach will help concentrate efforts on evidence and value rather than ideologically based, slash-and-burn approaches. AAP Image/Fairfax Media Pool/Andrew Meares

Five tips to get the government started on real health reform

The government must do more to deliver a 21st-century health system – not just to improve its standing with voters but to meet the health needs of all Australians.
The Temple of Apollo at Delphi, where the wisdom of the oracle was dispensed. Janet Lackey/flickr

Friday essay: secrets of the Delphic Oracle and how it speaks to us today

Cicero asked: 'how to become famous?' Nero sought to know the timing of his death. The Oracle at Delphi offered pronouncements on all manner of topics - yet as with Google today, the question posed was as important as the answer.
Ausgrid is not the first time a Chinese company has been interested in Australia’s energy. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Xenophon and Katter’s concerns over Ausgrid sale ring hollow

Australia has a long history of assests owned by Chinese companies like State Grid, which is in the running for Ausgrid, so there's no cause for security concerns.
Preparing conducting carbon nanospheres that operate as qubits at room temperature (right) by burning naphthalene (left). Dr Mohammad Choucair

All you need for quantum computing at room temperature is some mothballs

Much of the current research in quantum computing involves work at close to absolute zero. A simple breakthough with an everyday material could see them work at more acceptable temperatures.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most wretched tobacco-caused illnesses. Chris Singshinsuk/Shutterstock

Philip Morris speaks at and promotes an obscure conference on lung disease

Over the past decade, every researcher’s email inbox has been crammed daily with junk from what have come to be known as predatory journals and conferences. Last week I had 21 offers to send my non-existent…

Capitalism and Democracy [part one]

Let’s begin with a discomforting fact often forgotten in recent years: ‘free market’ capitalism is not necessarily the best friend of democracy. Since the early years of the 19th century, especially during…

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