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Many students reported regularly going without necessities including food, medications, fuel and prescribed textbooks. Shutterstock

Balancing work and tertiary study is harder now than in 2012: study

The percent of students going without food or other necessities has risen since 2012, with students indicating work-study balance was impacting their daily lives, study success and mental health.
A long-term monitoring project in Simpson Desert provides crucial information about the ecosystem. Mina Guli/Flickr

Australia among the world’s worst on biodiversity conservation

Australia is among seven countries contributing to more than half of the world's biodiversity loss. Yet next month, a crucial network of long-term research sites will lose funding.
Southpaws seem to be more common among cats and dogs than humans. Eric Isselee/Shutterstock.com

I’ve always wondered: can animals be left- and right-pawed?

The animal kingdom is full of lefties and righties, although rarely is the ratio skewed as much as it is in humans. If you're wondering about your own pet, you can find out with a simple experiment.
Water quality is one of the major issues that threatens the Great Barrier Reef’s health. AAP Image/Dan Peled

The new Great Barrier Reef pollution plan is better, but still not good enough

The updated plan for improving water quality on the Great Barrier Reef still doesn't address the need to curb intensively farmed crops such as sugar cane, and to enforce existing environmental laws.
There are considerable mental health and wellbeing benefits conferred upon those in the fortunate position of being able to legally marry. AAP/Lukas Coch

Evidence is clear on the benefits of legalising same-sex marriage

The majority of academic research is either non-committal or in favour of the benefits afforded by legalising same-sex marriage.
Mosquitoes are the main vectors for dengue and zika. Insecticides are our best weapon against them. Anja Jonsson/Flickr

Mozzies are evolving to beat insecticides – except in Australia

Australian mosquitoes, unlike their Asian and American counterparts, can still be controlled by insecticides like pyrethroids. What lessons are there for managing pesticide resistance in insects?
Dozens of reefs around the world have bleached in the past three years, of which the Great Barrier Reef was merely the most high-profile. AAP Image/WWF AUSTRALIA, BIOPIXEL

The UN is slowly warming to the task of protecting World Heritage sites from climate change

Amid fears for the world's coral reefs, the UN World Heritage Committee has issued its most wide-ranging statement so far on protecting heritage sites from climate. But the problem doesn't end there.

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