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Turtle hatchlings could be released into the Murray River to manage the sudden influx of dead carp. Ricky Spencer

Millions of rotting fish: turtles and crays can save us from Carpageddon

Millions of dead carp will fill the Murray-Darling Basin after the government releases a targeted virus. Scavengers like turtles and crayfish might help – as long as we protect them.
Aspiring ‘smart cities’ like Barcelona have worked to build their profile – it recently hosted the Smart City Expo World Congress – but Australia may benefit from not having rushed in. Ramon Costa/AAP

From Smart Cities 1.0 to 2.0: it’s not (only) about the tech

Australia has lagged behind some other countries in its investment in smart cities, but in retrospect that may not have been such a bad thing.
The financialisation of housing has become central to wealth creation in Australian households. Andrey_Popov from www.shutterstock.com

Explainer: the financialisation of housing and what can be done about it

We now value the house as a wealth builder, not just a place to live in and raise a family. The result is a distorted investment market that makes home ownership and rental unaffordable.
Young women in the survey showed less interest and knowledge on long-term investments. www.shutterstock.com

Young women can budget in the short term but struggle with long-term investments: survey

Young women are are confident in implementing budgeting and savings strategies, but lack the knowledge and confidence required to implement long-term financial strategies, a new pilot study finds.
Les enfants exposés à plusieurs langues développent une plus grande sensibilité à leur environnement sonore. Shutterstock

Pourquoi les petits bilingues ont l’oreille musicale

Pour les enfants bilingues, le fait de passer d’une langue à l’autre est un formidable exercice pour le cerveau et les oreilles.
Is Nick Kyrgios too difficult – and different – to become an Australian hero? AAP Image/Joe Castro

‘Australian’ enough to be a hero?

Examining our sporting heroes reveals much about ideas of national identity and who is accepted.
In virtual reality cinema, the audience chooses what to look at and when. What does this mean for traditional narrative storytelling? Virtual reality cinema in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Sander Koning/ANP

VR cinema is here – and audiences are in the drivers’ seat

VR cinema explodes the frame, placing the spectator inside the space of the film. Audiences effectively edit it themselves, by choosing what to look at and when.
The photo of your child may look cute today but how will they feel when they’re all grown up? Shutterstock/Michal Staniewski

Think again before you post online those pics of your kids

Many parents love sharing photos of their children on social media. But they should stop and think about how it might affect their children, now and in the future.

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