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Chinese students are less likely to be attracted by visa processing changes than they are by investment in higher education driving our unis up the rankings. from www.shutterstock.com.au

What attracts Chinese students to Aussie universities?

While recently implemented streamlined visa processes and post-study work visa policies may help attract Chinese students, they actually care more about university rankings and country safety.
The Al-Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan is home to thousands of the nine million refugees displaced by the conflict in Syria. Reuters/Muhammad Hamed

Australian bombs won’t bring peace to Syria, so why do it?

Australia should keep out of the Syrian conflict. Instead, it should respect the rule of law and the peaceful resolution of disputes by promoting a diplomatic end.
History shows us sex work is an enduring social expression of sexuality. Horia Varlan

The rise and fall of Rentboy.com

Rentboy.com is the oldest and most popular website for male sex workers, who pay a monthly fee to advertise to and connect with potential clients. Its fall this week will leave a void in the market.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott watches the signing of the free trade agreement with China, which he now accuses Labor of opposing for ‘racist’ reasons. Reuters/Lukas Coch

Playing the race card in the China trade deal debate

Charges of racism against Labor for querying aspects of the free trade deal with China are a mark of how much Australian attitudes have changed and how adversarial politics fuels hyperbolic attacks.
Substances, such as these carbon nanotubes, can behave differently at the nano-scale, and may post a health risk. ZEISS Microscopy/Flickr

Big questions about risk assessment of nanomaterials

We need to carefully assess nanomaterials to ensure their safety, but there are questions over whether the existing practice of risk assessment is up to the task.
Dyson Heydon prided himself throughout his judicial career on the robust independence and intellectual integrity he brought to the role. AAP/Renee Nowytarger

Bias and the ‘black-letter’ judge: who is Dyson Heydon?

How has a former judge with an avowed commitment to judicial independence and probity found himself at the centre of a very public controversy over his own impartiality?
Shhhhh! AshleyMadison

Life’s short, have you had an affair?

Today, millions of very nervous adults are furtively checking sites like “Have I been Pwned” to check if their account details at Ashley Madison have been leaked. Others are checking if their partners…
Artist’s reconstruction of a stereotypical Palaeolithic camp scene with staple red meat. Wikimedia Commons

Spare your health, budget, and the planet: ditch the palaeodiet

Interest in the diet of our evolutionary ancestors would ordinarily be a topic of curiosity in only the most obscure of scientific circles. But the popularity of the so-called palaeodiet has brought unprecedented…

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