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A crowd of people moving at different rates is a form of turbulence. from www.shutterstock.com

Turbulence isn’t just a science problem

You might be familiar with turbulence as you experience it on a plane, or as scholars describe combustible forces of social change. But understanding how it operates is far more complex.
The High Court found that Michael Trkulja could sue Google for defamation due to search results that potentially indicated that he had ties to Melbourne’s criminal underworld. Lukas Coch/AAP

Protecting Google from defamation is worth seriously considering

Google has lost a High Court appeal in defamation litigation brought by Michael Trkulja. It is time to consider that extending "safe harbour" to Google may be a good idea.
Australia’s romantic attitude to farming has done untold damage to the land. Shutterstock.com

Friday essay: Dark Emu and the blindness of Australian agriculture

The powerful ideological connection between Australia and agriculture is being increasingly scrutinised. A spate of recent books have recast basic assumptions about our relationship to the land.
The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges that food-delivery platform Foodora underpaid three workers. Shutterstock

Why gig workers may be worse off after the Fair Work Ombudsman’s action against Foodora

That the Fair Work Ombudsman brought a case against Foodora suggests its workers are most likely to be classified as employees. This could dissuade other platforms from offering similar benefits.
Whether or not China and the US are successful in negotiating out of a trade war and restoring the integrated global economy, there will still be strategic tensions between the nations. THOMAS PETER / AAP

What’s at stake in the tariff negotiations between the US and China

We modelled a number of scenarios showing all increases in US or Chinese trade protection would cause international trade, and the global economy more generally, to shrink.
An increasing proportion of Japanese adults will remain unmarried their whole lives, and should be considered full citizens rather than underperformers. Shutterstock

As Japan undergoes social change, single women are in the firing line

An MP from Japan's governing party recently commented that single women were a burden on the state. But many young women, and men, are rethinking the lure of married life.
Sunset looking across Port Warrender to the Mitchell Plateau on the Kimberley coast. It is in Wunambal Gaambera country. Mark Jones Films (with permission)

How to get to Australia … more than 50,000 years ago

The first people to make it to Australia could have navigated their way by sea crossing, reaching the north-west coastline of the island continent more than 50,000 years ago.

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