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These peatlands burned in Kampar, Riau, Indonesia, on July 24, 2017. Rony Muharrman/Antara Foto via Reuters

More research needed for responsible peatland management in Indonesia

A balanced research program should focus on good and rational peat management efforts that minimise environmental impacts, and on water regulation that reduces the risk of fire.
Could the menu for your upcoming backyard party help keep the pesky mosquitoes away? From Pexels

What can I eat to stop mosquitoes biting me?

Bananas, garlic, vitamin B and beer. There is little scientific evidence backing claims that what we eat and drink changes how likely we are to be bitten by mosquitoes.
The Roman weekday ‘dies Veneris’ was named after the planet Venus, which in turn took its name from Venus, goddess of love. Detail from Venus and Mars, Botticelli, tempera on panel (c1483). Wikimedia Commons

Explainer: the gods behind the days of the week

The origins of our days of the week lie with the Romans. Three are named for planets, the other four gods.
Next year’s must-have games include a number of sequels to popular franchises. from www.shutterstock.com

The five most anticipated digital games of 2018

From _Harry Potter: Wizards Unite_ to _The Last of Us Part 2_, the new year promises some exciting releases in the world of gaming.
There is a glaring need to reform Australia’s archaic wealth inequality statistics to make them commensurate with international practice. www.shutterstock.com

Bad data collection means we don’t know how much the middle class is being squeezed by the wealthy

The squeeze on wealth in the middle class by those at the top is a long established trend in international inequality data. But the ABS doesn't provide this information.
The new climate policy review proposes loosening the rules on Australia’s biggest-emitting companies, such as power generators. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation

The federal Climate Policy Review: a recipe for business as usual

The federal government's keenly awaited review of Australia's climate policies continues a longstanding bipartisan traditional of weak policy development in this area.
Some experts have likened burning a mosquito coil in a closed room to smoking 100 cigarettes. By trini, CC BY 2.1 jp

Are mosquito coils good or bad for our health?

Mosquito coils can help beat the bite of mosquitoes are most effective outdoors, and best avoided in closed, indoor settings.

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