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Granny flats are often the result of informal arrangements between parents and children who assume it will all work out well. Markus J/Shutterstock

When granny flats go wrong – perils for parents highlight need for law reform

Parents and children rarely put agreements about granny flats in writing and almost never consult a lawyer. But when these arrangements go wrong, the consequences can be disastrous and costly for all.
Song dynasty 960–1279 Feng Dayou (active mid 12th century) ‘Taiye lotus pond’, album leaf, colours on silk. 23.8 x 25.1 cm. National Palace Museum, Taipei Photo: © National Palace Museum, Taipei

Heaven and Earth in Chinese Art is an exercise in spectacle

The first major loan to Australia from a repository of canonical art works of Chinese culture deserves to be seen by all those interested in Chinese art.
Violence towards animals can never be condoned, whether in horse racing or to animals in general. Shutterstock/gabriel

The shocking use of ‘jiggers’ in horse racing

The outcry over allegations that electronic devices may have been used in Australian racehorse training highlights inconsistencies in our attitudes to the use of such devices on animals in general.
To help draw bees’ attention, flowers that are pollinated by bees have typically evolved to send very strong colour signals. Shutterstock

Our ‘bee-eye camera’ helps us support bees, grow food and protect the environment

Bees need flowers to live, and we need bees to pollinate our crops. Understanding bee vision can help us better support our buzzy friends and the critical pollination services they provide.
Being labelled with a serious illness can cause psychological distress. rawpixel

Five warning signs of overdiagnosis

New tests may mean more people are diagnosed, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be helped by the label or the treatment. Here are five markers that overdiagnosis may be occuring.
The lack of transparency seems to be worse in certain disease areas, including diabetes and heart disease. rawpixel

Influential doctors aren’t disclosing their drug company ties

Clinical guidelines have a big impact on the care you receive and the drugs you're prescribed. But one in five doctors who write these guidelines have undisclosed ties to drug companies.
Revolutionary technologies like CRISPR are founded on discoveries uncovered through basic research that attracts very little attention. United Soybean Board/flickr

New study confirms what scientists already know: basic research is under-valued

On average, important new lab techniques like CRISPR take 23 years to develop – but there is a public expectation that scientific breakthroughs occur quickly and efficiently.
Digital communications mean time spent driving can also be used to get other things done as well. Vera Petrunina/Shutterstock

Three changes in how we live could derail the dream of the 30-minute city

I live where I want to live and I work where the work is. I don’t understand people that go “this is where I’ll work [and] this is where I’ll buy a house” because it might not be the area they want to…

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