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Solarpunk imagines a sustainable future, and what it might be like to live in it. Image from www.shutterstock.com

Explainer: ‘solarpunk’, or how to be an optimistic radical

Punks aren't known for their positivity, but 'solarpunks' are all about optimism. A new movement of speculative fiction, art, fashion, and activism, it imagines a sustainable future that requires radical social change.
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Mexico: The Cactus Democracy

This research note on Mexican politics and society was inspired by a recent visit to Mexico City, Puebla and Oaxaca, as a guest of the country’s Instituto Nacional Electoral (INE). Visitors to Mexico are…
Birdwatchers are keeping the location of the newly rediscovered night parrot a closely guarded secret. Adventure Australia

Publish and don’t perish – how to keep rare species’ data away from poachers

With the right approach to data security, scientists' discoveries of the locations of rare and sought-after species needn't leave a trail for poachers to follow.
Despite global outrage at the cost of its Hepatitis C cure, Gilead reaps huge profits – aided by Australian taxpayer subsidies. Nick St Charles/flickr

Gilead and the billion-dollar odyssey

How much can a multinational take before its social licence to operate in this country expires? How much corporate welfare is too much?
Like a mound of termites, tobacco control policies are eating away at smoking in ways we’re not always conscious of. from www.shutterstock.com

The policy termites slowly eating out the foundations of smoking

Tobacco control policies, like advertising bans, are not top of people's minds as a reason for quitting smoking. But they create a climate where fewer people want to smoke, with great success.
Stem cells have saved thousands of lives thanks to their applications in cancer treatments. Many other uses peddled by private clinics are without evidence. from www.shutterstock.com

Private clinics’ peddling of unproven stem cell treatments is unsafe and unethical

Stem cell science continues to offer great promise. But a growing number of clinics are selling treatments without evidence that what they offer is effective – or even safe.
The mechanical shark used in the 1975 film Jaws. Tom Simpson/ flickr

The great movie scenes: Steven Spielberg’s Jaws

The 1975 film Jaws launched the career of a young Steven Spielberg. In this scene, the town's police chief Martin Brody witnesses the shark's brutal attack for the first time - taking the viewer along for the ride.
Cities suffer the planning consequences of rapid population growth while the federal government reaps the revenue. Gilad Rom/Flickr

City planning suffers growth pains of Australia’s population boom

Financial benefits are behind the development industry’s push for a continuous rapid population growth. But our poorly planned cities are ill-prepared and already struggling.
Now you can find out who’s wining and dining our doctors, nurses and pharmacists with publicly available data of drug company funded events. from www.shutterstock.com

Who’s paying for lunch? Here’s exactly how drug companies wine and dine our doctors

Drug companies funded more than 116,000 educational events for doctors over four years. Now you can find out exactly which companies footed the bills and how much they paid.
Critics fear the merger of agricultural giants Bayer and Monsanto will drive an increase in use of pesticides. AgriLife Today/flickr

Growing food in the post-truth era

The global food system has been operating in post-truth mode for decades.

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