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An illustration of Palorchestes azael, a marsupial tapir from the Pleistocene of Australia. There is evidence that this extinct species is depicted in rock art from the Kimberley. Nobu Tamura/Wikimedia Commons

Of bunyips and other beasts: living memories of long-extinct creatures in art and stories

It is plausible to suppose that human memories of long-extinct creatures today underpin many stories we have generally regarded as fiction.
Who’s the boss in a smart home? Shutterstock/Tracy ben

Control, cost and convenience determine how Australians use the technology in their homes

Smart home technology promises to make our lives easier, but how much control do we want this tech to have over our lives? And do we really trust it?
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.
What would Artificial General Intelligence make of the human world? Shutterstock/Nathapol Kongseang

To protect us from the risks of advanced artificial intelligence, we need to act now

We're on the road to developing artificial intelligence systems that will be able to do tasks beyond those they were designed for. But will we be able to control them?
Participants in a virtual reality travel experience reported a sense of relaxation, similar to that gained from travel in real life. Shutterstock

VR technology gives new meaning to ‘holidaying at home’. But is it really a substitute for travel?

Mind wandering engages the same neural pathways used to receive stimuli from the real world, evoking emotions similar to real life. VR can elicit these same feelings.
The term ‘cisgender’ entered the Oxford English Dictionary in 2015. Shutterstock.com

Explainer: what does it mean to be ‘cisgender’?

The prefix 'cis', meaning 'on this side of' is commonly used in chemistry and geography. More recently, it has become a way of referring to a person's gender identity.
Plastic bags, balloons, and rope fragments were among more than 100 pieces of plastic in the gut of a single turtle. Qamar Schuyler

How much plastic does it take to kill a turtle? Typically just 14 pieces

Autopsies of 1,000 turtles washed up on Australian beaches paint a grim picture of the impact of plastic debris. Even a single piece can be deadly, and on average 14 pieces equals a 50% fatality rate.
Evie Macdonald in First Day (2017), which won a prestigious children’s television award earlier this year. Epic Films

Why it’s time to end the policy limbo threatening Australian children’s TV

Amid endless reviews into the future of local screen content, uncertainty reigns on issues such as the impact of Netflix, the fate of local content quotas and funding for original children's TV.
What you tell your children about your impending divorce should depend on their age. from www.shutterstock.com

How to tell your child you’re getting divorced

Telling your children you and your partner aren't going to be together anymore is a significant change in their lives.
Giovanni Lanfranco’s Norandino and Lucina Discovered by the Ogre (1624): in many societies giants were long part of received wisdom. Wikimedia Commons

Giants: why we needed them

Tales of giants can be found around the world - in Wales, in Australia, and the Pacific Islands. They helped people explain the sometimes cataclysmic changes to the environment they saw around them.
Only one-third of ambulance call-outs are to incidents classified as emergencies. AAP

When is it OK to call an ambulance?

If you're unsure whether you need an ambulance, it's OK to call 000 for advice.
When cars, trucks, bikes and pedestrians come together at an intersection, design makes the difference between collisions and safety. pxhere

We can design better intersections that are safer for all users

Collisions at intersections between motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians cause many deaths and injuries. Design that considers how each group approaches intersections improves everyone's safety.

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