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Our dogs and cats are spreading fleas around the world (and to us)

Pet owners spend billions of dollars every year to prevent (or destroy) fleas on their fuzzy loved ones, but new research shows that cats and dogs …

Pets

When we needed a new word, Twitter gave us 'milkshake duck'

What is this milkshake duck that the “whole internet loves”? “A lovely duck that drinks milkshakes”. Had anyone heard this slang term before this …

Language

Which medicines don’t go well with flying?

Every day, more than 10 million people take a flight somewhere in the world. While flying is relatively safe, the unique environmental conditions can …

Medicine

What medicines should you not take when flying?

Every day, more than 10 million people take a flight somewhere in the world. While flying is relatively safe, the unique environmental conditions can …

Medicine

Democracy has a future, if we rethink and remake it

<i>These comments on the global fate of democracy, the first in a three-part series, Is Democracy Dead or Alive?, are gathered by Democratic Theory and</i> …

Fascism

We need to 'climate proof' our sports stadiums

For many Australians summer is synonymous with cricket and tennis. But as Australian summers become more prone to extreme heat conditions, …

Construction

The problem isn't unskilled graduates, it's a lack of full-time job opportunities

The Coalition government’s position on young people is best captured by the phrase “earning or learning”. If you are under 30, the government expects …

Australian Universities

Mythbusting Ancient Rome: cruel and unusual punishment

Early Roman history is full of stories about the terrible fates that befell citizens who broke the law. When a certain Tarpeia let the enemy Sabines …

Rome

Minecraft teaches kids about tech, but there’s a gender imbalance at play

Arguments about “screen time” are likely to crop up in many households with children these holidays. As one of the best-selling digital games of all …

Kids

Removing pokies from Tasmania's clubs and pubs would help gamblers without hurting the economy

Debate over poker machines is at the centre of the lead-up to this year’s Tasmanian state election. Labor’s promise to remove pokies from Tasmania’s …

Tasmania

Curious Kids: Why do we always fall asleep in cars?

<i>This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like an expert to answer.</i> …

Parenting

To end share-bike dumping, focus on how to change people's behaviour

While most cities are keen to promote bike use, few foresaw the problems caused by dockless bike-sharing schemes such as oBike and Reddy Go. The …

Behavior

Why Apple buying Disney is pure fantasy

Acquiring Disney may make Apple’s products more valuable due to exclusive content and streaming rights, but it also goes against what Apple is good …

Walt Disney Company

Weight gain during pregnancy: how much is too much?

During a healthy pregnancy, women gain weight as the baby grows. This is normal and necessary.<p>But recent research indicates that excessive weight …

Weight Loss

Balancing work and tertiary study is harder than in 2012: study

Students know completing a university degree gives them a better chance of landing a high-paying job, often after surviving financial hardship while …

Education

Balancing work and tertiary study is harder now than in 2012: study

Students know completing a university degree gives them a better chance of landing a high-paying job, often after surviving financial hardship while …

Education

Trust in ethnically diverse areas is improving, but there is more work to be done

In modern Australia, trust sometimes seems to be a short supply. But our research shows there may be some cause for optimism.<p>While trust dropped in …

New South Wales

How can we halt the feminisation of sea turtles in the northern Great Barrier Reef?

In the northern part of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the future for green sea turtles appears to be turning female.<p>A recent study has revealed …

Climate Change

Four Thousand Fish and Broken Glass connect Sydney's Aboriginal past to its present

Last year, the federal government’s swift rejection of an Indigenous Voice to Parliament left an already despairing Aboriginal polity limping out the …

Australia

The off-topic Conversation #147

Welcome to The Conversation’s off-topic space. We’ve set this up as the place where you can discuss anything that isn’t related to a specific …

Networking

Where will the global political hotspots be in 2018? (Spoiler alert: it's not all about Donald Trump)

Writing for Foreign Policy, Robert Malley, the newly appointed head of the International Crisis Group, makes a good point when discussing global …

Geopolitics

We can't afford to ignore indoor air quality – our lives depend on it

We often talk about healthy living and quality of life but have you considered the quality of the air you breathe? Most of us spend up to 90% of our …

Organic Products

Climate politics in 2018: another guide for the perplexed

As I predicted a year ago, 2017 was another vicious and bloody-minded year in Australian climate politics. Yet the political bickering belied the …

Climate

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time trades deadpan for high-octane

The National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, currently playing at the Arts Centre Melbourne with MTC, is a …

Canadian Literature

Whistleblower laws leave tax professionals in an awkward position: dob or keep quiet?

Accounts and other tax professionals might face some awkward conflicts of interest thanks to the federal government’s proposed whistleblower laws. …

Awkward

I've always wondered: why do our veins look blue when our blood is red?

<i>This is an article from I’ve Always Wondered, a series where readers send in questions they’d like an expert to answer. Send your question to</i> …

David Irving

Australia's coastal living is at risk from sea level rise, but it's happened before

With global sea levels expected to rise by up to a metre by 2100 we can learn much from archaeology about how people coped in the past with changes …

Climate Change

Why some people in non-violent relationships kill their partners

The dialogue surrounding couples in which a homicide takes place often focuses on a history of domestic violence within the relationship, rather than …

Relationships

Why you should avoid hospitals in January

January is the quietest month in Australia. But for hospitals, which provide care 24/7/365, January is a time of big transition. And for patients, …

Health Care

The appeal of the 'flat' organisation -- why some firms are getting rid of middle managers

The trend of “flat” organisations is catching on at some of the world’s biggest companies. It’s easy to see the appeal when you think of a utopia …

Management