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Starbucks to encourage baristas to discuss race relations with customers

Starbucks (SBUX) CEO Howard Schultz has never shied away from involving his company in controversial debates, whether those debates are about …

The 10 Countries With The Highest "National Well-Being"

U.S. GDP, for example, lumps together the sale of children’s books and the sale of handguns, even though one is generally good for society and the …

Netflix’s Reed Hastings predicts the future of TV over the next 20 years

Close followers of Netflix should watch the speech that Reed Hastings, its founder and chief executive, delivered in Berlin last week. It’s a guided tour to the future of TV, at least as he sees it.<p>The video is embedded above, and if you’re looking for the predictions, they start at 18:30. Prior to …

Here's What Happened When A Neighborhood Decided To Ban Cars For A Month

Everyone loved it, obviously. And the world didn’t fall apart.<p>Two years ago, an average neighborhood in the South Korean city of Suwon embarked on a radical experiment: For one month, the neighborhood suddenly got rid of every car.<p>Called the Ecomobility Festival, it was created as a way to help the …

Augmented Reality Is Coming To Your Windshield

A holographic heads-up display ships later this year<p>There are heads-up displays out there already that project things like speed or turn-by-turn directions on the windshield. Some of them come directly from the manufacturer, some of them are aftermarket add-ons, but none of them incorporate …

Augmented Reality

Take It Outside: Teaching Sex Ed On The Streets Of New York

On a gusty Friday evening in Manhattan's Union Square Park, Francisco Ramirez is setting up his chairs and a big sign that yells, "FREE ADVICE."<p>The park is packed with street musicians, chain-smoking chess players and preachers yelling predictions<p>Ramirez just wants to talk.<p>This seems like an …

How to spot a terrorist - look in the classroom

It seems, however, that all these theories are wrong.<p>Considerable resources have been put into studies to identify those who may do terrorist acts …

University of London

Australia's pulled its giveashit muscle. From The Sunday Age 3/5. #climatechange #climate

Common Struggles. From The Age, 5/5.

New Dating App Connects You With People Within 1 Metre Radius

A new app called LookUp alerts users to family members and spouses located within 100cm, encouraging them to start a conversation, or even a …

Human Rights - Now in FOUR great varieties! From The Sunday Age, 24/5.#auspol #asylumseekers

Fearing the quantified life – privacy, data and wearable devices

We are all used to companies knowing a bit about us. We quickly accepted that if we look at a toaster on an online shop we’ll get a toaster advert on the next site we visit. It took a little longer for us to accept that social media platforms host ads based on our lifestyle and behaviour, but we …

Wearable Tech

The Great Decoupling: An Interview with Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

Machines, it seems, can do almost anything human beings can. Now cars are even starting to drive themselves. What does that mean for business and employment? Will any jobs be left for people? Will machines take over not just low-skilled tasks but high-skilled ones too? If a man and a machine work …

This Huge Work of Street Art Looks Like a Hole to the Center of Earth

There’s a new portal to hell in Paris.<p>If a screaming-fast meteor were to punch a hole through the planet, you might get a scene resembling this new piece of street art in Paris.<p>The virtual abyss, whose cliff “walls” are rimmed with hellish red akin to incandescent rock, was made by Germany’s 1010, …

Art

Indonesia's foreign ministry denies claims of turning back asylum seeker boats

Indonesia says the country's navy gave supplies to asylum seekers trying to reach Malaysia, and did not push them back out to sea as had been …

Indonesia

Turning Christmas Island detention centre into tourist destination a good idea, says administrator

Christmas Island's administrator says using the local detention centre to house tourists would provide a "shot in the arm" for the local economy.<p>On …

Tourism

Budget 2015: SA's Legal Services Commission hit by $830,000 funding cut

South Australia's Legal Services Commission says it will have federal funding slashed by $830,000 from July, leaving an anticipated 350 clients to …

How an Arnhem family turned their sister's death into an Indigenous youth suicide prevention group

When Dhayirra Yunupingu's sister died by suicide, it plunged his family into "a pothole that is filled with rubbish".<p>"We couldn't breathe to come out …

Mental Health

Sri Lankan refugee stabbed fellow refugee with such force the victim's spine was damaged, Adelaide court told

A Sri Lankan refugee accused of murder allegedly stabbed another refugee through the stomach with such force the blade damaged the victim's spine, an …

Food rescue: OzHarvest highlights food waste with Sydney pop-up cafe

A pop-up cafe using food destined for landfill has opened in Sydney.<p>Food rescue organisation OzHarvest is behind the Pyrmont venture which has been …

Council gardener at centre of 'urban agriculture' debate in Melbourne's inner north

Residents and local councillors are divided over an "urban agriculture" plan for Melbourne's laneways and footpaths, including the position of a …

Flipping domestic violence on its head - ABC Gippsland Vic - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

It wasn't until Lana's 40th birthday that she said "enough is enough".<p>"When I turned 40 something changed in me and I just thought 'I'm not going to …

Domestic Violence

A town in tweed: Albany's Vancouver Street Festival - ABC Great Southern - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

"There's such a diverse mix of people down here and it's really important to cater for all," said Jo Taylor, Events Coordinator at the City of Albany.<p>…

Urban planning: International experts in Melbourne discuss design of city's future

Local and international urban planning experts in Melbourne for a conference have had their say on the city's future planning needs.<p>Great Places: …

Lawyers appalled at asylum seeker's treatment after suicide attempt on Nauru

Lawyers for a 23-year-old Tamil asylum seeker say they are appalled at the way she was treated when she was brought to Australia for medical help …

Indigenous jailing rate shameful, SA Chief Justice Chris Kourakis says

The Indigenous incarceration rate is a matter of shame for the criminal justice system, South Australia's Chief Justice says.<p>Chris Kourakis told the …

Watch Melbourne's public transport system move in real time

You can see red trains running the city loop, while buses (blue) and trams (yellow) ferry around commuters inside the grid. Compare 8.20am (above) to …

Bomb scare at police station in Melbourne's West

A bomb scare shut down the streets surrounding Wyndham North Police Station on Thursday afternoon, after a car reversed into the station's car …

Health and welfare

Recently, I was driven to comment that the Greens prefer their Aborigines “drunk and stupid”. One of the party’s senators, Rachel Siewert, had …