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Tour de France. Graham Watson / Flickr

The Tour de France is hard to believe these days

It’s an exciting time of year if you’re a fan of professional road cycling. The global juggernaut of the Tour de France starts this Saturday July 4th, and runs for 21 stages over 3360km during the next…
BitTorrent site Pirate Bay is one of those often targeted in anti-piracy legislation. Bhupinder Nayyar/Flickr

There are better ways to combat piracy than blocking websites

The government's new anti-piracy bill is not the best solution to online piracy. What really works is easily accessible and affordable legal means to acquire the latest content.
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How to argue about doping in sport

There has been a huge amount of academic, policy, and public debate over the years about doping in sport (i.e. the use of banned performance enhancing substances or drugs and other prohibited practices…
Education Minister Christopher Pyne has distanced himself from the controversial proposals to withdraw federal funding from public schools, and means-test public school parents. AAP/Glenn Hunt

Leaked school funding proposals: should we be worried?

The leak of four reform proposals for Australian schooling has triggered panic and confusion across the country. But while at first glance the proposals may seem worrying, they need to be put in context.
Electronic monitoring typically involves fitting offenders with tamper-proof bracelets to monitor whether they are abiding by conditions imposed on them. Flickr/Chris Yarzab

Electronic innovation can help fix an archaic, crowded prison system

The days of prison, an 18th-century industrial institution, as the justice system's dominant form of punishment may be numbered. Electronic monitoring of offenders is one promising alternative.
Cycling books.

How to dope in cycling and get away with it

As an academic researcher, I have studied drugs in society for the last 20 years. In my current job, I also study cycling history and culture, and the place of drugs and doping in this sport. I know a…
Eleanor Catton won the 2013 Man Booker Prize, for a novel centred largely on men. EPA/Tal Cohen

Books by women are not enough: we need better women’s stories

We know that male writers win more prestigious literary awards than female writers, but sadly, when women do win, it's typically because they write about male characters, or "masculine’ topics.
The government is attempting to push community television off air and online. Wikimedia

Community TV’s last stand from the government’s spectrum grab

Community TV in Australia is under threat because of plans to hand over extra broadcast spectrum to the commercial networks. But they don't even need that spectrum to test any new technologies.
If you’re just copying down what the lecturer says and you don’t revise what you’ve written down, there’s little point in taking notes. from www.shutterstock.com.au

What’s the best, most effective way to take notes?

We tend to lose almost 40% of new information within the first 24 hours of first reading or hearing it. However if we take notes effectively, we can retain and retrieve almost 100% of the information we receive.
It’s hard for a human to keep an eye all the players' performance in any game, such as this typical AFL match at the MCG in Melbourne. So let the machines do all the work. Flickr/Sascha Wenninger

Games by numbers: machine learning is changing sport

When it comes to keeping an eye on all the action in sport a coach can only see so much. But machine learning can crunch all the data and look for improvements.
Sweat is made up of water and minerals that are collectively known as electrolytes. Chris Hunkeler/Flickr

Health check: what’s the deal with electrolytes?

Sports drinks claiming to contain electrolytes have innundated stores in recent years. So what are electrolytes? Are they good? How can we best get them?

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