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Maya the detection dog was part of a team sniffing out koalas. Marie Colibri/USC

Koala-detecting dogs sniff out flaws in Australia’s threatened species protection

Environmental protections in Australia are built on assumptions about where animals live – and it's harming our wildlife.
Child sex trafficking affects more than one million children worldwide, many of whom are left to suffer in silence. Natalia Ovsjannikova/Shutterstock

Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest is the tip of the iceberg: human trafficking is the world’s fastest growing crime

Sex trafficking is the most common form of human trafficking. Globally, an estimated 4.8 million people are forced into sexual exploitation.
The town of Schalkenmehren and its adjoining maar lake, Germany. Wikimedia Commons

Firepits of the Gods: ancient memories of maar volcanoes

A maar is a volcanic crater, often filled with water. New research highlights the similarities between oral stories around the world that shed light on the formation of these craters.
Kate Miller-Heidke performs Zero Gravity during the Grand Final of the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest: an oddball, meteoric and sincere performance. Abir Sultan/EPA

Eurovision shock: is ironic appreciation now unnecessary as slick singing styles reign?

Long known as a spectacle of quirky Euro-kitsch, this year's contest more closely resembled singing TV shows such as The Voice. Notable exceptions, however, were Iceland's Hatari and our own Kate Miller-Heidke.
Celine Dion at this year’s Met Gala. Camp is not merely a matter of glittery dresses, but a mode of performance. Justin Lane/EPA/AAP

How camp was the Met Gala? Not very

Many of the gowns and costumes at this year’s Met Gala attempted to capture the essence of camp, and in trying to do so missed the point of camp entirely.
La famille reste le cadre de référence des enfants, quand celui-ci évolue, ils peuvent être très déstabilisés. Shutterstock

Comment expliquer à ses enfants que l’on va divorcer

La séparation d’un couple a de fortes répercussions sur la vie des enfants. Il est donc important d’amorcer un dialogue avec eux, tout en adaptant les explications à leur âge.
Many houses were flattened after Tropical Cyclone Evan, leading to the partial relocation of the Fijian viillage Denimanu. Rowena Harbridge/AusAID

Climate change forced these Fijian communities to move – and with 80 more at risk, here’s what they learned

Relocating communities to safer, less exposed areas can help people manage climate hazards, but it's not a viable solution for everyone.
People expect drivers to stop for them at pedestrian crossings, but what if they know autonomous vehicles will stop any time someone chooses to step in front of them? Varavin88/Shutterstock

Nothing to fear? How humans (and other intelligent animals) might ruin the autonomous vehicle utopia

How will people respond once they realise they can rely on autonomous vehicles to stop whenever someone steps out in front of them? Human behaviour might stand in the way of the promised 'autopia'.
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?

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