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You can’t test for autism with a simple blood test or scan, which can make the diagnostic process difficult and dependent on the skill and experience of the clinician. altanaka/Shutterstock

New autism guidelines aim to improve diagnostics and access to services

Current rules about who meets the eligibility criteria for autism support services are patchy and inconsistent, meaning those with the greatest need don't necessarily have the greatest access.
The Ruddock report recommends the existing right of religious schools to turn away LGBT+ students and teachers be maintained, but that further constraints be added. Shutterstock

Ruddock report constrains, not expands, federal religious exemptions

The report affirms that religious freedom is not to be legally entrenched as superior to rights to equality and freedom from discrimination.
This 1904 photograph showing the massacre of villagers by Dutch KNIL forces in the Indonesian village of Koetö Réh was used by the Dutch to argue for the paternalistic colonial state as protector. We now see it as evidence of imperial atrocity. Collection Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen.

Ten photos that changed how we see human rights

From depictions of slavery to colonial massacres to contemporary portraits of refugees, photography is a powerful tool in evoking ideas of shared humanity.
Two bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) cooperate in a button-pressing task requiring precise behavioural synchronization. Dolphin Research Center

It’s teamwork: how dolphins learn to work together for rewards

Dolphin pairs had to learn to push buttons at the same time to get a reward. So what happened when one dolphin figured that out, while the other still had to learn?
Alexis Wright, pictured here in 2007 after winning the Miles Franklin award for her book Carpentaria, is one of many writers first published by University of Queensland Press. Dean Lewins/AAP

Reading the landscape: university publishing houses and the national creative estate

The University of Queensland Press has a peerless record of discovering, nurturing and supporting Australian writers. A new anthology is a cross-section of many of their writings.
Clinical trials using immune cells engineered through synthetic biology have been shown to push some patients into remission from blood cancer. from www.shutterstock.com

The synthetic biology revolution is now – here’s what that means

Right now, you're living in a kind of industrial revolution – where biotechnology, information technology, manufacturing and automation all come together to form synthetic biology.
Detail from Brett Whiteley. Sacred baboon 1975 brush and ink, wood stain, watercolour, gouache and cut printed colour illustration on cardboard 81.6 x 67.6 cm National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased, 1978 (A23-1978) © Wendy Whiteley

An ape in anguish: Brett Whiteley’s Sacred baboon

Throughout his life, Brett Whiteley made images of apes and monkeys. He found much in their character and physiognomy to identify with.
The current debate about comparability would be more concerning if 2018 results showed radically different trends compared to previous years, but they don’t. www.shutterstock.com

NAPLAN 2018 summary results: a few weeks late, but otherwise little change from previous years

The current debate about comparability would be more concerning if 2018 results showed radically different trends compared to previous years, but they don’t.
Charles Blackman posed next to his work in Sydney in 2013. Tracy Nearmy/AAP

Charles Blackman’s poetic vision contained an undertone of dread

Charles Blackman forged an urbanised image of Australia that for most, was more familiar than the mythic landscapes of Sidney Nolan or Arthur Boyd. Yet though familiar, it remains uncomfortable.
Better-educated people are better equipped to ask the right questions and make more informed decisions.

The royal commission should result not only in new regulation, but new education

Let's recognise the limitations of regulation as we try to improve outcomes. Money spent on new regulations may be better put to further educating future customers.
Sidney Nolan’s Steve Hart dressed as a girl 1947 from the Ned Kelly series 1946 – 1947 enamel paint on composition board 90.60 x 121.10 cm. Gift of Sunday Reed 1977 National Gallery of Australia

Here’s looking at: Steve Hart dressed as a girl, 1947 by Sidney Nolan

As a bushranger in the Kelly gang, Steve Hart took to dressing as a woman and riding side-saddle to avoid detection. Sidney Nolan's painting captures Hart's adolescent cockiness, bravery, and foolhardy bluster.
Sandiaga Uno (left) will compete with Ma'ruf Amin for vice presidential seat in the 2010 election. Wikimedia commons, edited by Triasa/The Conversation

Political compromise behind Indonesia’s vice presidential nominees: experts respond

We asked experts to explain what's behind the last minute decisions for vice presidential candidates in the next election.
Sandiaga Uno (kiri) akan bertarung melawan Ma'ruf Amin untuk merebut kursi wakil presiden di pemilihan presiden tahun 2019. Wikimedia commons, diedit oleh Triasa/The Conversation

Prabowo pilih Sandiaga, Jokowi pilih Ma'ruf, kompromi politik? Ini analisis para ahli

Kami meminta para ahli untuk menjelaskan apa yang melatarbelakangi keputusan mendadak dalam memilih calon wakil presiden untuk pemilihan berikutnya.

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