A survey conducted in Jauary 2018 by the Pew Research Centre showed 84 percent of US Catholics had a ‘favourable’ opinion of Pope Francis. Six out of ten people also said he represented a ‘major change for the better’. Vatican Media/AAP

Pope Francis and the Catholic church continue to look towards science, and that can only be a good thing

Pope Francis continues to champion the importance of science in our world. Having the head of the Catholic Church support various scientific movements is a win for us all.
In Victoria, the Andrews government’s level crossing removal project has lifted property prices by up to 28% around sites where work has been completed. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Rail works lift property prices, pointing to value capture’s potential to fund city infrastructure

Value capture depends on infrastructure increasing the value of affected areas in the first place. Victoria's level crossing removal project shows the impact on property values can be significant.
The Chinese-Australian artist Guan Wei is on display in a new exhibition at the MCA. The centre piece of the exhibition is the 18x6m mural Feng Shui (2004). Guan Wei, Feng Shui, 2004, acrylic on composite board. Museum of Contemporary Art, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Cromwell Diversified Property Trust, 2017. Image courtesy and © the artist

Guan Wei review: feng shui for a vision of a world in harmony

Guan Wei's art, now on display at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art, crosses both Chinese and Australian cultures, working together in harmony, best described as an aspect of feng shui.
Australia will probably see fewer tropical cyclones reaching land this season. AAP Image/Bureau of Meteorology

Australia could see fewer cyclones, but more heat and fire risk in coming months

Southern and eastern Australia need to prepare for heatwaves and increased fire risk this summer, as forecasts predict hot, dry weather.
‘It is inevitable that Australia will make more decisions that China doesn’t like,’ said Penny Wong. Joel Carrett/AAP

Define the boundaries in new phase of Australia-China relationship: Wong

Focusing on China policy in a Monday address - released ahead of delivery - Penny Wong says Australia needs to 'define the boundaries' of its engagement with China as the relationship is in a new phase.
The Australian government refers to asylum seekers who arrived by boat as ‘illegal’ entrants. James Ross/AAP

Asylum seekers have a right to higher education and academics can be powerful advocates

Asylum seekers are not permanent residents and have to pay full fees for university courses. Just as doctors led the campaign to get kids off Nauru, academics can advocate for access to education.
Accepting a donor kidney with a small risk of carrying HIV or hepatitis B or C might be worth thinking about. from www.shutterstock.com

Organs ‘too risky’ to donate may be safer than we think. We crunched the numbers and here’s what we found

Organs from gay men or injecting drug users, often rejected for transplants, could safely be used, so long as donors test negative for infections such as HIV, and hepatitis B and C.
The remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer captures images of a newly discovered hydrothermal vent field in the western Pacific. NOAA

Curious Kids: How deep is the ocean?

In some places, the ocean is almost 7 miles deep. Scientists exploring the ocean floor have found strange sea creatures, bizarre geologic formations and records of Earth's history.
Austrian novelist Peter Handke (L) and Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk (R) have been named as winners for the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019 and 2018 respectively. EPA-EFE/Georg Hochmuth, Facundo Arrizabalaga

Nobel Prize: Milosevic ‘apologist’ award serves as a reminder that reform of the academy runs slowly

But the 2018 prize, which went to a Polish woman, shows that the Academy might at least be aiming for more diversity in its laureates.
Eliud Kipchoge on his way to winning the London Marathon in April 2019. He’ll certainly go faster in Vienna this week. Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA/AAP Image

Eliud Kipchoge’s historic sub-2hr marathon boiled down to 15 extraordinary seconds

Kenyan marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge is bidding to break the mythical 2-hour barrier in Vienna this week. Analysis of previous world records suggest he needs to find an extra 15 second from somwhere.
Australia’s overall emissions are rising, high electricity prices remain a burden, and there is nervousness about the summer power supply. Shutterstock

Grattan on Friday: A little more confusion added to the climate policy debate

The climate policy has become an article of faith within Labor, and among many supporters. It's also a policy that in the election split voters Labor needed, attracting some but driving away others.

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