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A 3D printer model of the human clitoris to be used for teaching sex education in French schools. Splash News, Sun Herald

The human clitoris is an object of beauty, pleasure and intrigue

It seems remarkable to me that well into the twenty-first century we still have so much to learn about many parts of the human body. Organs we’re all very familiar with - ones we take for granted - still…
Australia should be careful in accusing China of dumping steel into the local market, as the definitions of dumping and the tariffs on this practise have changed to suit governments in the past. Linfeng/EPA

Whether China is dumping steel in Australia under the ‘market economy’ label is very subjective

Governments have been known to change the definition of anti-dumping tariffs to suit their needs, so accusations of steel dumping from China are still quite subjective.
Fifty years after the Maralinga atomic tests, an exhibition grapples with the pain and devastation left behind. Karen Standke, Road to Maralinga II (detail). Supplied

Black Mist Burnt Country asks: what remains after the mushroom cloud?

The Maralinga atomic tests were devastating to life and land in Central Australia. Black Mist Burnt Country brings together dozens of artistic responses in a powerful, but somewhat incoherent memorial.
Performers march along the Great Wall of China in 2008. David Gray/Reuters

Dear Mr Trump: here’s how you build a wall

Donald Trump, if he takes the US presidency, will immediately start building a wall between Mexico and the US. What lessons can he take from that celebrated wall-builder, Chairman Mao?
With 700,000 vulnerable Australians depending on public housing, any proposal to change its status is likely to set off alarm bells. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Productivity Commission stance has potential for social housing gains

The report's stated goal is to make the social housing system work better. It does not present as a manifesto for an entirely marketised and deregulated framework driven by the profit motive.
Rika Hamaguchi from the Bangarra Dance Theatre performs at the culmination of the barrangal dyara exhibition. Photo Peter Greig/Kaldor Public Art Projects

Review: barrangal dyara (skin and bones) was made flesh

Jonathan Jones uses Aboriginal shields to create a skeleton of Sydney's Garden Palace, destroyed by fire in 1882. In song, dance and sculpture, he celebrates what has been lost and rediscovered.
Ben Goldacre says that greater transparency on research findings could increase the public’s faith in essential medicines. Shutterstock

Speaking with: Bad Pharma author Ben Goldacre about how bad research hurts us all

Bad Pharma author Ben Goldacre about how bad research hurts us all. The Conversation, CC BY36.4 MB (download)
Darren Saunders speaks with Bad Pharma author Ben Goldacre about bad medical research reporting, and how greater transparency in research practices could improve public trust in science and medicine.
Premier Mike Baird (right) has been out promoting the Sydney Metro project, but has yet to explain how the benefits of massive public investment will be shared. Stefanie Menezes/AAP

Sydney Metro’s Sydenham-to-Bankstown line – nirvana or nightmare?

Who’ll profit from the value uplift arising from the huge investment of taxpayers’ funds in creating better-serviced, higher-density suburbs? And what will the changes mean for existing residents?
Our past was like a scene from a Star Trek Episode: Ferengi (left) and Bajoran (right) character costumes from Star Trek, at the QTXP Destination Star Trek London MG. Wikimedia Commons

Why are there so many species of bugs, but so few species of human?

Looking around at the natural world, have you ever wondered why some groups of organisms contain huge numbers of species while others are seemingly barren? Take insects as an example, animals which evolved…
From atomic structure to DNA helix. Constructing #MyBase, a community artwork. Featured design and personal reflection by @cure4PFS. Kate Patterson

When process becomes product – repacking science communication

I like deadlines. They punctuate my projects. Deadlines and deliverables force me to package my projects into consumable chunks, into a ‘product’ that is necessary for sharing and showing my work and also…

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