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Jane Jacobs holds up documentary evidence at a 1961 press conference during the campaign to save the West Village. Wikimedia Commons

What might Jane Jacobs say about smart cities?

In an age of data-driven urban science, we need to remember how Jane Jacobs gave voice to the multiple languages, meanings, experiences and knowledge systems of a vibrant city.
Opponents of projects are often scorned as NIMBYs, but active citizenship and local consultation are key elements in creating a city that works well for as many people as possible. Teresa Parker/AAP

30-minute city’? Not in my backyard! Smart Cities Plan must let people have their say

Cities are home to many different people who will not always agree. We need to learn to embrace public debate as an ongoing, constructive process for working through diverse views and values.
The brain processes different facial features separately, so how does it tie them together? Shutterstock

How our modular brain pieces the world together

Different parts of our brains process different things, like the facial features, voices and the gait of people we know. But it takes memory to weave them all together into a single picture.
More than 60% of Australian households include at least one companion animal, which are seen as family members by 88% of these. from www.shutterstock.com

With the rise of apartment living, what’s a nation of pet owners to do?

With a majority of households having pets and growing numbers living in apartments, a review of regulations on keeping animals in such communities is timely.
Studies have shown that young people do not consider politicians and political parties to be representative of issues that impact them. AAP/Lukas Coch

Many young people aren’t enrolled to vote – but are we asking them the wrong question?

Concern about youth electoral enrolment is framed the wrong way. It usually suggests that young people are somehow deficient and that they – and not the political culture – are the problem.
Tablets were not invented when the original rules on screen time for children were developed. Shutterstock Angela Waye

Is two hours of screen time really too much for kids?

Children's use of screens for fun and education have changed a lot over the years, so why haven't the rules on acceptable screen time kept up?
The budget doesn’t provide either the infrastructure investment or financing details needed to flesh out the Smart Cities Plan. AAP/Mal Fairclough

City Deals still no more than a pamphlet after Budget 2016

The budget paints a picture of higher debt, little relief for growing cities crying out for infrastructure investment, and no detail of how City Deals might work to fix this.
We’ve all heard about the elusive G-spot, but is it real? Eleanor Beth Haswell

Health Check: does the ‘G-spot’ exist?

It is perhaps one of the most controversial debates in sexual function: is there, or isn’t there a G-spot? And if there is, how do we find it?
Inflammation in your stomach and intestinal tract causes diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and pain. Photographee.eu/Shutterstock

Health Check: what to eat and drink when you have gastro

Oral rehydration is the cornerstone of treatment for gastro, especially if you're suffering from mild to moderate dehydration.
The Yininmadyemi sculpture in Hyde Park celebrates Indigenous and Torres Strait Island service men and women. On Anzac Day, who are we honouring? Mick Tsikas/AAP

In remembering Anzac Day, what do we forget?

Anzac Day is a big part of our national story. But the politics of memory mean the parts of this story that don't fit neatly into the Anzac narrative are too often forgotten.
Central to Sydney’s congestion problem is the journey-to-work rat race in the city’s western suburbs like Blacktown. AAP/Dean Lewins

If the people can’t get to their jobs, bring the jobs to the people

Sydney, as a whole, is lurching toward an urban structure where its transportation problems are impossible to solve. The only alternative is to create new centres of employment.

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