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Raw sewage from 3,500 people in Sydney’s affluent eastern suburbs is discharged directly into the ocean. Will Turner/Unsplash

Australia’s pristine beaches have a poo problem

Sydney's affluent eastern suburbs have raw and untreated sewage from 3,500 people discharged directly into the Tasman Sea.
It can be tempting to point fingers, but people with other priorities aren’t necessarily bad. AAP Image/Darren England

Not everyone cares about climate change, but reproach won’t change their minds

In the end, climate policy didn't swing the federal election, and for those on the losing side it can be tempting to play the blame game. But listening and respect are much better ways to move forward.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese’s new shadow ministry includes a few surprises, though many of the faces remain the same. The Conversation / AAP Images

Infographic: who’s who in Labor’s shadow ministry

From Bill Shorten to Kristina Keneally, our experts break down Labor's new shadow ministry – who's in, who's been promoted, and who faces the greatest challenges in their new roles
A lot of chemical reactions happen in the very short time it takes to light a match. Shutterstock

Curious Kids: when I swipe a matchstick how does it make fire?

I have been interested in the science of fire and fireworks for a long time, and can tell you there is a lot happening in the very short time it takes to light a match.
Contrary to expectations, Victoria failed to deliver a government majority to Labor. Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

State of the states: Queensland and Tasmania win it for the Coalition

The Tasmanian seats of Bass and Braddon were always going to be key elements of a Coalition victory – and so it proved to be.
The betting market puts the chance of a Labor victory at about 77% nationally. Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

State of the states: odds on for a Labor win, but don’t bet on it

Recent polling suggests the race is tightening. Then again, opinion polling suggested the recent Victorian state election would also be a close affair and it turned out to be a Labor landslide.
The more fuel there is for the fire to burn, the bigger the fire. Leaves, trees and grass fuel the fire. Flickr/bertknot

Curious Kids: how do bushfires start?

Bushfires require three key ingredients to ignite: heat, fuel and oxygen.
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State of the states: will Whelan disendorsement make a difference in Tasmania?

It remains to be seen whether the Liberals' campaign woes in Lyons will have any impact on the neighbouring battleground seats of Bass or Braddon, which recent polls suggest the Liberals could regain.
The short answer is that leaves fall off trees when they aren’t doing their job any more. Emily Nunell/The Conversation CC-NY-BD

Curious Kids: why do leaves fall off trees?

Leaves fall off trees when they aren’t doing their job any more. If there isn’t enough water, the leaf can be damaged and stop working.
The leaders debate returned Western Australia to the political spotlight this week. Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

State of the states: more preference deals as pre-polling begins

Pre-poll votes within the first 24 hours were almost double the number at the same stage in 2016. That could hurt some minor parties who traditionally spend big in the last few weeks of a campaign.
The Coalition is expected to announce a preference deal with Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party on Monday. Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

State of the states: Palmer’s preference deal and watergate woes

Clive Palmer was in the news this week after the Newspoll that showed that his United Australia Party could change the result in marginal seats in several states.
The spectacular layers of blue haze in Pluto’s atmosphere, captured by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Why Pluto is losing its atmosphere: winter is coming

The dwarf planet Pluto is heading away from the Sun and that's having a devastating impact on its atmosphere.

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