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Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull government has “already had great success in terms of reducing the rate of price growth”. AAP Image/Alex Murray

FactCheck: what are the facts on rising child care prices?

The education minister says that under Labor there were child care price spikes of up to 14% over a 12 month period, but under the Coalition those have fallen to "around 6% on average". Is that right?
The superheated plasma inside the fusion reactor is twisted by magnetic fields. IPP, Matthias Otte

A new twist on fusion power could help bring limitless clean energy

Fusion power, if it works, offers vast amounts of clean energy and almost zero carbon emissions. A new experimental fusion reactor has come online, and it uses a curious twisted stellarator design.
Government ministers have defended Centrelink’s debt recovery processes as ‘working’ following an ongoing controversy. AAP/Julian Smith

Note to Centrelink: Australian workers’ lives have changed

Centrelink's debt recovery problems reflect an over-simplistic application of policy to the complexity of workers’ lives in a flexible labour market.
The failures of the 2016 Census have caused many Australians to ask whether it’s really worth it anymore. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

In a world awash with data, is the census still relevant?

The Australian Census has been taken since 1911. But is it still necessary in today's world of mass digital data collection?
Paul Keating took the prime ministership with a ‘comprehensive plan to get the country cracking’, but the task was daunting. National Archives of Australia

Cabinet papers 1992-93: the balance of head and heart

Labor’s project of economic transformation hit some harder realities as Paul Keating assumed the top job. And a new push on remaking Australia stirred a brooding reaction of its own.
Paul Keating put the idea of a new flag, shorn of any traces of the Union Jack, on the political agenda. AAP/David Moir

Cabinet papers 1992-93: Australia moves to make Her Majesty obsolete

By the end of 1992, Paul Keating had done more than anyone to place on the political agenda issues of national identity that had been either dead or dormant for years.
Children living in areas with poor sanitation and hygiene account for 60% of people around the world infected with intestinal worms. Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

A new approach for controlling intestinal worm infections could help millions of the world’s most vulnerable people

There's a growing body of evidence that shows we could be doing more for the close to billion children at risk of intestinal worms. We simply cannot afford to ignore it.
Today’s violent extremists can draw inspiration from material online and through media coverage of sensational acts of violence. Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

Berlin attack: security intelligence has limits in preventing truck-borne terror

We have become used to hearing stories of 'increased chatter' and 'high alerts' when it comes to terrorism. Doesn’t that mean intelligence agencies should know enough to prevent attacks?
MYEFO is more positive about the 2016-17 budget bottom line than previous expectations. However, projections over the forward estimates have worsened. Lukas Coch/AAP

2016-17 MYEFO experts’ response: more of the same is not good enough

While MYEFO discussion focuses on the budget deficit, experts say it also serves as a stark reminder of the need for bigger policy ideas in Canberra.
The Andromeda Galaxy, just part of a finely tuned universe. Flickr/NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton, B.F. Williams, and L.C. Johnson (University of Washington), the PHAT team, and R. Gendler

Book review: Do we live in A Fortunate Universe?

A new book explores some of the big questions of why the universe exists and why it seems fine-tuned for life.
Time scarcity acts as a barrier to good health, even if you have knowledge. orphanjones/flickr

Time scarcity is a slippery slope to inactivity

Healthy Australians slide into extreme inactivity and poor dietary choices over a just a few years of feeling time poor and rushed in their daily lives.

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