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Six things you should do when reading with your kids

There is magic in stories. We all remember hearing them as children, and we loved them. Imaginary adventures set in faraway places. Tales about how …

Cognition

Technology hasn't killed public libraries – it's inspired them to transform and stay relevant

In 2017, archaeologists discovered the ruins of the oldest public library in Cologne, Germany. The building may have housed up to 20,000 scrolls, and …

They shall not die in vain: how the Islamic State honours its fallen soldiers – and how Australians do the same

The belief that we must not let our soldiers “die in vain” dates back to ancient Athens. During the Peloponnesian War, Pericles delivered a funeral …

Obituaries

Can Australian streaming survive a fresh onslaught from overseas?

Australia’s already punch-drunk streaming sector is set for even more upheaval, as CBS will launch its streaming service in Australia as early as …

To keep patients safe in hospitals, the accreditation system needs an overhaul

Once a year, inspectors visit hospitals across the country to assess their performance on a range of measures, from medication safety to consumer …

Wales

View from The Hill – It's time for Turnbull to put his authority on the line

As Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull struggles with the National Energy Guarantee, the Liberals are in an existential moment – no less dramatic because …

Australia

Five questions about Nazi Germany and how it relates to Australian politics today

Almost every day comparisons of contemporary politics to Nazi Germany are cropping up in the news. But are these comparisons historically grounded, …

World History

Turnbull dumps emissions legislation to stop rebels crossing the floor

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has done a backflip on his proposal to put the emission reduction target into legislation, in the face of rebel …

Australia

What happened in the Bawa-Garba case and why was reinstating her the right decision?

A UK doctor’s medical registration has been reinstated after it was initially withdrawn when she was found guilty by a criminal court jury of gross …

Medicine

This is what policymakers can and can't do about low wage growth

<i>This is longer than the usual Conversation article, so allow some time to read and enjoy.</i><p>The crisis really is in real wage growth. <b>– Reserve Bank</b> …

Economics

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the NEG showdown and a ray of parliamentary unity after Fraser Anning's racist speech

Michelle Grattan speaks with University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics. They discuss the next hurdles …

Australian Universities

Drought, wind and heat: when fire seasons start earlier and last longer

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service declared the earliest total fire bans in its history this week. The entire state was declared to be in drought …

Climate Change

Aretha Franklin and her community opened their doors and their hearts to me

Listening to the world pouring out its heart today, mourning and celebrating Aretha’s remarkable life, I wonder just how much my words could possibly …

Aretha Franklin

The majority of people who see poaching in marine parks say nothing

What would you do if you saw someone breaking the law? Would you report the offender to the police? Confront them? Or would you do nothing?<p>We …

Great Barrier Reef

How to get away with fraud: the successful techniques of scamming

It is easy for those of us who have ignored emails from Nigerian princes or refused to transfer money on behalf of an online love interest to scroll …

Identity Theft

Ten habits of people who lose weight and keep it off

Most people who diet will regain 50% of the lost weight in the first year after losing it. Much of the rest will regain it in the following three …

Weight Loss

Friday essay: where is the Great Australian Opera?

Having a national identity is like having an old insurance policy. You know you’ve got one somewhere but you’re not sure where it is. And if you’re …

Australia

We're going to get a better detector: time for upgrades in the search for gravitational waves

It’s been a year since ripples in space-time from a colliding pair of dead stars tickled the gravitational wave detectors of the Advanced LIGO and …

Physics

Vital Signs: Turkey shows the economic pain of global democratic backsliding

<i>Vital Signs is a regular economic wrap from UNSW economics professor Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims to contextualise weekly economic</i> …

Economics

Tokyo's heatwave suggests risky temperatures for the 2020 Olympics. Here's what the city can do

The Northern Hemisphere is currently suffering an unprecedented heatwave. In Japan, more than 100 people have died and tens of thousands more are in …

Heatstroke

Grattan on Friday: Malcolm Turnbull's NEG remains in snake-infested territory

Malcolm Turnbull had a party room victory but a god-awful week, and it wasn’t because his approval plunged in Monday’s Newspoll. His energy policy is …

Australia

Crown has a long way to go on responsible gambling

At the beginning of August, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) released its sixth review into Crown Casino’s …

Regulation

Australia has a long way to go on responsible gambling

At the beginning of August, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) released its sixth review into Crown Casino’s …

Regulation

Marvel meets Mesopotamia: how modern comics preserve ancient myths

Ancient Mesopotamia, the region roughly encompassing modern-day Iraq, Kuwait and parts of Syria, Iran and Turkey, gave us what we could consider some …

Mesopotamia

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

The Financial Services Royal Commission has not only shown that banks and their representatives have behaved appallingly, but that we need …

Education

A recipe for mummy preservation existed 1,500 years before the Pharaohs

Ancient Egypt continues to throw up one fabulous surprise after another.<p>Today my colleagues and I published our analysis of an intact Egyptian …

Archaeology

Research suggests bigger banks are worse for customers

Yet again this week, the Hayne Royal Commission has brought disturbing news of misconduct toward customers of our largest financial institutions. …

Customers

Truth to power: my time translating Behrouz Boochani’s masterpiece

The GM picks me up from the airport. I call him the GM because after the PNG Supreme Court ruled the Manus Island immigration detention centre …

Language

Coming out at work is not a one-off event

For many LGBTIQ+ workers coming out is a never-ending process. A recent study in the UK shows coming out at work is still a problem. Our research, to …

LGBTQI

We asked five experts: is it possible to catch up on sleep?

It’s Friday and you’re clocking off, and after a few sleepless nights you want to tuck yourself up early and catch up on all the sleep you’ve lost. …

Sleep