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A successful pregnancy if you have diabetes comes down to planning and making sure you have the right health-care team behind you. from www.shutterstock.com

Diabetes and pregnancy can be a tricky (but achievable) mix: 6 things to think about if you want a baby and 1 if you don’t

Women with diabetes are at high risk of pregnancy complications. But there is a lot women can do to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Home Affairs hasn’t made it clear what measures of oversight and surveillance will be applied to private corporations. AAP Image/Dan Peled

The government wants to privatise visa processing. Who will be held accountable when something goes wrong?

When visa services are run in the interests of profit rather than border governance, corrupt tactics can be used to benefit the providers’ bottom line.
Strange coloured poo is usually due to the food we’ve eaten, medication we’ve taken, or the processes involved in breaking down what we ingest. Nomad_Soul/Shutterstock

Why is my poo green?

Poo can come in a range of colours, including green. Most of the time there's nothing to worry about, but there are a few signs it's time to see your GP.
Giardia es un ejemplo de un parásito indeseable. Los síntomas pueden incluir diarrea, dolores abdominales, fatiga, debilidad y pérdida de peso. Kateryna Kon / Shutterstock

¿Qué son los parásitos y qué enfermedades nos causan?

Existen tres clases de parásitos que pueden causar enfermedades en los seres humanos. Esto es lo que necesita saber.
A thick haze has settled over Sydney, blown in from northwest of the city. Dean Lewins/AAP

What do Sydney and other cities have in common? Dust

The haze now engulfing Sydney isn't an isolated problem. Cities around the world struggle to manage the many sources of tiny airborne particles and the discomfort and illnesses these cause.
While most research participants believe in the power of contact, dialogue and exchange to transform negative attitudes. Shutterstock

These young Muslim Australians want to meet Islamophobes and change their minds. And it’s working

In the face of growing anti-Muslim sentiment, young Muslim Australians believe the power of contact and exchange can transform prejudice.
If you’ve ever put wet wood on to a fire, you may have noticed it makes a lot more noise than dry wood. Shutterstock

Curious Kids: why does wood crackle in a fire?

Water and sap inside the wood make mini explosions as they turn into gas and burst out. That's why damp wood makes the noisiest fires.
The ‘natural sounds’ of native animals like this koala had been heard on ABC Radio, but bringing them to TV audiences in the 1960s presented new and exciting challenges. abcarchives/flickr

Natural history on TV: how the ABC took Australian animals to the people

When the ABC began screening local wildlife television, it helped create a new environmental nationalism, implicating audiences in the survival of Australian animals.
It’s difficult to recall what you might need as you’re preparing to evacuate, so have your kit ready to go. New Africa/Shutterstock

Evacuating with a baby? Here’s what to put in your emergency kit

Babies are particularly vulnerable in emergencies, especially in hot weather. Here's what your emergency kit needs to ensure they stay hydrated if you have to evacuate or you lose power or water.
If the cement industry were a country, it would be the third-largest emitter of CO₂ in the world. Joe Mabel/Wikimedia

Green cement a step closer to being a game-changer for construction emissions

The cement needed to make concrete – the most widely used man-made material – is a major source of global emissions. Researchers are working on a green replacement that could transform the sector.
Giardia is an example of a parasite you don’t want to catch. Symptoms can include diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, fatigue, weakness and weight loss. From shutterstock.com

What are parasites and how do they make us sick?

There are three classes of parasites that can cause disease in humans. Here's what you need to know.
One nine-year-old chose his local supermarket as a place he valued because he could “spend time with mum and help decide what goes in our trolley”. Shutterstock

Public places through kids’ eyes – what do they value?

When primary school children in a disadvantaged part of Sydney were asked to map what they valued in the area, their choices were revealing and sometimes surprising.
There are no guarantees in bushfires, but you can improve the odds your house survives a blaze. Photo by Edward Doody, courtesy of Arkin Tilt Architects

12 simple ways you can reduce bushfire risk to older homes

Houses built more than 20 years ago are likely to be more vulnerable to bushfires than newer builds. But there are some simple and inexpensive ways to reduce your risk.

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