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What rights do you have when discussing medical treatments or test results with your doctor? from www.shutterstock.com

Patients have rights. Here’s how to use yours

It's all very well having rights. But what do these rights really mean when you're with your GP, in hospital or in a nursing home?
Nigel Farage is due to make a return to Australia at this weekend’s CPAC event, alongside Tony Abbott, Raheem Kassam and other right-wing speakers. Richard Wainwright/AAP

Alt-right white extremism’ or conservative mobilising: what are CPAC’s aims in Australia?

The theme of the conference is 'protect the future', an allusion to the culture wars that conservatives are waging against the left. There are fears this could include alt-right messages of hate.
When neighbourhoods lose their corner stores, they also lose a place where people meet and feel like part of their local community. Susan Fitzgerald/Flickr

More than milk and bread: corner store revival can rebuild neighbourhood ties

As neighbourhoods lost their milk bars, they also lost a daily point of connection for locals. But all is not lost. In some areas, the humble corner store is making a comeback.
Efek IKEA menjelaskan bahwa “kerja tangan sendiri dapat menghasilkan rasa suka yang lebih besar terhadap hasil tersebut ketimbang hasil kerja orang lain.” Shutterstock

Efek IKEA: Bagaimana kita lebih menghargai rakitan kita sendiri ketimbang rakitan orang lain

Efek IKEA mungkin awalnya mitos, tetapi fenomena ini telah terbukti dan ampuh membuat konsumen menilai hasil kerja tangan mereka sendiri.
The recall of several milk brands due to the possible presence of E. Coli is the second milk recall to affect Victoria and New South Wales this month. From shutterstock.com

E. coli in milk won’t necessarily make you sick – but it signals risks from other bacteria

When several milk brands were recalled last week due to the presence of E. coli, people were concerned. But the recall is a sign that dairy surveillance systems are working as they should be.
Raw sewage from 3,500 people in Sydney’s affluent eastern suburbs is discharged directly into the ocean. Will Turner/Unsplash

Australia’s pristine beaches have a poo problem

Sydney's affluent eastern suburbs have raw and untreated sewage from 3,500 people discharged directly into the Tasman Sea.
It can be tempting to point fingers, but people with other priorities aren’t necessarily bad. AAP Image/Darren England

Not everyone cares about climate change, but reproach won’t change their minds

In the end, climate policy didn't swing the federal election, and for those on the losing side it can be tempting to play the blame game. But listening and respect are much better ways to move forward.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese’s new shadow ministry includes a few surprises, though many of the faces remain the same. The Conversation / AAP Images

Infographic: who’s who in Labor’s shadow ministry

From Bill Shorten to Kristina Keneally, our experts break down Labor's new shadow ministry – who's in, who's been promoted, and who faces the greatest challenges in their new roles
A lot of chemical reactions happen in the very short time it takes to light a match. Shutterstock

Curious Kids: when I swipe a matchstick how does it make fire?

I have been interested in the science of fire and fireworks for a long time, and can tell you there is a lot happening in the very short time it takes to light a match.
Contrary to expectations, Victoria failed to deliver a government majority to Labor. Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

State of the states: Queensland and Tasmania win it for the Coalition

The Tasmanian seats of Bass and Braddon were always going to be key elements of a Coalition victory – and so it proved to be.
The betting market puts the chance of a Labor victory at about 77% nationally. Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

State of the states: odds on for a Labor win, but don’t bet on it

Recent polling suggests the race is tightening. Then again, opinion polling suggested the recent Victorian state election would also be a close affair and it turned out to be a Labor landslide.

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