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Mia Wasikowska looks down the rabbit hole in Tim Burton’s 2010 film adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. AAP Image/Disney Enterprises/Imagenet/Leah Gallo

Be open to the impossible: Alice in Wonderland turns 150

This year is the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's classic Alice in Wonderland – and the story shows no signs of running out of steam.
David Bowie famously issued ‘Bowie bonds’. Do artists have viable alternatives to copyright? EPA/Nils Meilvang

If copyright’s a dud, what business models do work for creatives?

Much of the creative work we value – whether it’s films, music, novels, or TV shows – requires a significant input of time and resources. The established method for raising the resources to fund such work…
Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Peter Dawkins says we need to find a way through the higher education impasse, but not a poorly made or hasty one. Provided

How to break the higher education impasse

Higher education reform in Australia has entered a delicate phase. The current impasse must be broken, but any move to do so too quickly carries the risk of an outcome that serves neither students nor…
Jayco Herald Sun Tour 2015 riders in team kits.

The Sun Tour: Australia’s oldest road cycling stage race

The 2015 Jayco Herald Sun Tour kicks off tonight with the race Prologue around Melbourne’s Southbank area. Stage 1 follows on 5th February, with the race finishing atop Arthurs Seat at the end of Stage…
Considering the prevalence of typing, why waste time teaching children handwriting? Shutterstock

Teaching cursive handwriting is an outdated waste of time

Many lament that the “good old days” when they were taught “the basics” at school have gone. When launching the National Curriculum in 2010, then-prime minister Kevin Rudd stated his objective was: … without…
Socceroos all-time leading goal scorer Tim Cahill shows some of his ball skills to some young fans. AAP/Newzulu/Adam Marsters

The football skills needed for victory in the Asian Cup final

Watch out for some clever footwork and ball skills in this weekend’s Asian Cup final when the Socceroos face South Korea at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Saturday. The championship – played on Australian…
Cyclists on the North Essendon Board Track, early 1950s. Courtesy Leon Sims.

Wheel Life – Cycling Recollections of the 1950s & 1960s

Australian cycling seems in great shape these days, with good crowd numbers at the elite races and championship events, and a new media broadcast deal by Cycling Australia set to boost coverage and public…
Australian kids are falling behind their international peers in fundamental movement skills. Jason Devaun

Can’t throw, can’t catch: Australian kids are losing that sporting edge

Australians like to think themselves as sporting and fit – a concept reinforced by the success of the country’s elite athletes. But evidence is emerging that Australian kids are falling behind their international…
More tech on the way to keep us watching sport live on TV. CCat

New gadgets and gimmicks to keep us watching sport live on TV

Australia’s love of sport appears to be more from in front of a TV screen than actually attending any event live, and that could be on the increase given some of the new technology heading our way. Samsung…
Hawk-eye technology can be used to do more than just check those troublesome line calls in tennis. AAPImage/Lukas Coch

Beyond the line call: how Hawk-Eye can improve performance

The evolution of professional tennis has always been linked to the changing technology of the day. For example, the decline of the wooden racket lead to the whole new power-based style of play we enjoy…
Typical sports nutrition guidelines advocate eating carbohydrate-rich food before, during and after exercise to maximise performance. jeffreyw/Flickr

Health Check: do you really need carbs to recover from exercise?

Carbohydrate-rich diets are often recommended as part of exercise regimes to promote recovery and maximise performance. But recent research suggesting such foods may not help exercise recovery and their…
World No. 1 men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic practises at the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, for this year’s Australian Open. AAP Image/Joe Castro

Rich rewards for those at the top in tennis, but what of the rest?

The world’s best tennis players are preparing to battle it out in Melbourne as the 2015 Australian Open gets under way this week. With rising grand-slam prize-money and better-than-ever exposure, you might…
Which team did you support in the first 2015 Asian Cup game between Australia and Kuwait, in Melbourne? Flickr/Tourism Victoria

Australians taking sides in the Asian Cup, but for which team?

The passions of some Australians attending games in the 2015 Asian Cup that don’t involve the Socceroos has generated more comment than the crowd at the Australian games. Most notably, in their first game…
Claire Wright won the Stella Prize in 2014, the Year of Reading Women Writers, but it’s ok to read her work in 2015. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Enough lists: 2015 is another good year to read books by women

When we waved goodbye to 2014, we also farewelled one of my favourite initiatives – The Year of Reading Women. After reading Joanna Russ’ 1983 book How to Suppress Women’s Writing in December 2012, author…
The current five year broadcast rights for Cricket Australia are A$590 million. AAP/Dean Lewins

The future of sportscasting? Cricket Australia launches on Apple TV

Yesterday Cricket Australia launched onto the Apple TV network, becoming the first Australian sports organisation to join the platform. The new Cricket Australia channel will feature a mixture of interviews…
Why do our discussions of creative genius so often confine the conversation to male writers such as Jonathan Franzen? AAP Image/Harper Collins

Genius – still a country for white, middle class, heterosexual men

I recently watched Salinger (2013), the documentary about the late American writer J.D. Salinger, famous recluse and author of The Catcher in the Rye. In it, the word “genius” was bandied about often and…

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