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A transgender pride flag at a protest against white supremacy and discrimination after the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Michael Moloney/Shutterstock

Elite sport is becoming a platform to target the trans community

High-profile athletes have been speaking out against the eligibility of transgender women in elite female sporting competitions.
The recent slump in building approvals is a reminder of the risks of an over-reliance on a boom-and-bust market to meet all housing needs. Joel Carrett/AAP

Build social and affordable housing to get us off the boom-and-bust roller coaster

Housing markets never have met the lowest-income households' needs. Now is the time to tackle problems that have been years in the making by creating a better system to supply their housing.
Students march through the University of NSW in Sydney calling on the university to divest from fossil fuels. AAP/Danny Casey

Young voters may hold the key to the NSW state election: here’s why

There are more than 1.3 million young Australian voters in NSW, but they feel excluded from traditional politics. To win the youth vote, politicians must address the key issues that matter to them.
These strawberries are almost ripe! fs999/flickr

Curious Kids: what happens when fruit gets ripe?

Fruit ripening is all about plants getting animals to eat the seeds that are inside their fruits. This helps the plants get their seeds to somewhere new where they can grow into a new plant.
It’s a fight for a rapidly vanishing centre, which will make passing bills difficult for whoever wins. Chris Pavlich/Dean Lewins(AAP)

Mark Latham in the upper house? A Coalition minority government? The NSW election is nearly upon us and it’s going to be a wild ride

Mark Latham in the upper house? A Coalition minority government? The NSW election is nearly upon us, and it’s going to be a wild ride.
It's worth keeping an eye on the NSW election outcome. It may end up telling us a lot about how global political themes, like the erosion of centrist politics, are playing out here in Australia.
The Sharks’ Ben Barba (centre) was sacked by his club after allegations he assaulted his partner. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

Rugby league may finally have reached its tipping point on player behaviour and violence

NRL's culture was once one of hyper-masculinity, but it has failed to change wth societal mores – it now finds itself out of step and in need of reform.
Your tummy is a juicy rollercoaster ride for food! Flickr/Stuart Richards

Curious Kids: how does my tummy turn food into poo?

Your stomach works very hard with some other body parts to break down food into small pieces. Your body takes in what it needs and the rest is turned into poo.
Satu dari enam orang sehat melaporkan masalah kembung. Alice Day/Shutterstock

Apa yang menyebabkan kembung dan perut penuh gas?

Orang yang kembung tidak menghasilkan lebih banyak gas daripada yang lain. Tapi mereka mungkin memiliki masalah untuk menghilangkannya.
The government’s target to kill 2 million feral cats sounds impressive, but lacks scientific rigour.

Feral cat cull: why the 2 million target is on scientifically shaky ground

The plan to kill 2 million feral cats nationwide by 2020 makes for good headlines. But it's also a simplistic goal that won't necessarily deliver conservation benefits to native species.
The enthusiasm for recycling water that Australians had at the height of the drought little more than a decade ago has waned. Shaney Balcombe/AAP

When water is scarce, we can’t afford to neglect the alternatives to desalination

Cities relied entirely on conserving and recycling water to get through the last big drought. We now have desalination plants, but getting the most out of our water reserves still makes sense.
The largest desalination plant in Australia, Victoria’s A$3.5 billion ‘water factory’ can supply nearly a third of Melbourne’s needs. Nils Versemann/Shutterstock

Cities turn to desalination for water security, but at what cost?

Sydney and Melbourne are bringing desalination plants back on stream and Adelaide plans to increase its plant's output. Perth depends on desalination. But is it the best way to achieve water security?
A burnt out property near Miena, Tasmania. The central Tasmanian house was fitted with roof sprinklers and surrounded by cleared land but succumbed to flying embers from bushfires. AAP Image/Tasmania Fire Service

How a bushfire can destroy a home

If you're preparing to defend your home from fire, be aware of the vulnerable parts of your house.

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