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Pets are a common sight in places like cafes overseas, but are generally unwelcome in many public places in Australia. Anastasiya Lobanovskaya/Pexels

Australians love their pets, so why don’t more public places welcome them?

Pets are not welcome in many public places. As we increasingly choose high-density living, city planning and legislation should address creating opportunities for more human-animal interaction.
A shade tree makes a big difference to the comfort of this couple. Nancie Lee/Shutterstock

How do we save ageing Australians from the heat? Greening our cities is a good start

Two trends in Australia, an ageing population and warming climate, are increasing the threat that heatwaves pose to our health. Increasing vegetation cover is one way every city can reduce the risk.
Eastern quolls have been introduced in Booderee Nation Park as part of a rewilding project. Oisin Sweeney

We can ‘rewild’ swathes of Australia by focusing on what makes it unique

Rewilding is gaining popularity around the world, as a means to restore ecosystems to their ancient state. But just like Vegemite, Australian rewilding projects need to have a unique flavour.
Careers in health care, education and design are unlikely to be automated. www.shutterstock.com

Choosing a career? These jobs won’t go out of style

Choosing a career that is unlikely to become automated or done by artificial intelligence, and learning soft skills will give graduates better career prospects in the long run.
Lower Snug looking across North West Bay to Mt Wellington, Tasmania. Cassandra Pybus

Friday essay: lost and found in the Tasmanian bush

Alone and adrift in Melbourne, Cassandra Pybus returned on a whim to her childhood home of Tasmania. There, she rediscovered nature's power, encountering the island's difficult history as well as her own.
A cake made to farewell the last tenant to leave the Sirius building, which was built in Sydney at a time when governments saw the need to invest directly in public housing. Ben Rushton/AAP

Is social housing essential infrastructure? How we think about it does matter

If we recognised social housing as infrastructure as essential as transport links, schools and hospitals, not properly investing in it could become unthinkable.
Queensland groper, typical of coral reefs off Queensland at 27°S were found in the Bay of Islands, north of Auckland, at 35°S. from www.shutterstock.com

Farmed fish dying, grape harvest weeks early – just some of the effects of last summer’s heatwave in NZ

Analysis of last summer's heatwave shows it killed farmed salmon and decimated kelp forests, as well as shifting grape harvests and fish spawning times forward by several weeks.
Genetic information is relevant not only for an individual, but also their blood relatives, because it’s often hereditary. Joshua Reddekopp/Unsplash

Can (and should) a doctor tell my biological relative my genetic results without my consent?

Because genetic changes that cause cause health complications can be hereditary, the information affects not only the person with the mutation but also their biological relatives.
Teenagers should try to include a combination of aerobic activities (swimming or walking), strength training (sit ups or weight training) and flexibility training (yoga or stretching). www.shutterstock.com

How much physical activity should teenagers do, and how can they get enough?

All Australians aged 13-17 are encouraged to do 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
Healthy Tasmanian devil populations have cornered the market on carrion. Menna Elizabeth Jones

Tassie devils’ decline has left a feast of carrion for feral cats

A new study involving leaving animal carcasses strewn across Tasmania shows that in places where devils have dwindled, other scavengers are stepping up to fill the gap, with nasty knock-on effects.

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