Michelle Turner

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Beat the back-to-school blues with our 70-question science quiz

6. White pointers are more popularly known as what?<p>7. Astronomers recently described icy rings around a celestial object known as 10199 Chariklo. …

Physics

Only at the movies? Home truths about cinema ticket pricing

In the last fortnight, senior executives from cinema operators in Australia, including Village Roadshow and Palace Cinemas, have come out defending …

Commission of Audit: Students concerned about proposed changes to Newstart allowance

The National Commission of Audit's 86 recommendations include a proposal that would force some unemployed people to move to areas with more jobs or …

Global press freedom slips to decade low

World press freedom has hit its lowest level in a decade after a regression in Egypt, Turkey and Ukraine, and US efforts to curb national security …

PM - Jobs needed for older workers, says age discrimination commissioner 02/05/2014

MARK COLVIN: The Commission of Audit underlined the talk in Canberra of a higher pension age and the prospect that Australians will have to stay at …

Beyond the Rubik's Cube: inside the competitive world of speedcubing

Forty years after the Rubik's Cube was invented, competitors from around the globe still gather to solve the puzzle<p>On a low stage, a young man examined a Rubik’s Cube. Around him, an audience stood, precariously, on tables and chairs, or peered down from skyboxes. In one fluid motion, he activated …

Christian Brothers prejudiced against abuse victims who sued, inquiry told

The Christian Brothers had a misplaced prejudice against physical and sexual abuse survivors who pursued them through the courts in the 1990s, a lawyer for the order has told an inquiry.<p>A lawyer for the religious order, Howard Harrison, said they may have had the "ill-informed" attitude that people …

Samsung ordered to pay Apple $129m for patent infringements

A US jury has ordered electronics company Samsung to pay $129 million to Apple, in what experts see as a big loss for the iPhone maker in the latest …

Reality success an indictment on TV landscape

Gilligan was stared at bemusedly in pitch meetings, rejected multiple times, then in a cruel twist accepted, only to be told unfortunately the show …

Brisbane

Newstart age to rise to 25 in Coalition budget proposal

The federal government is reportedly considering changes, in the budget, to unemployment benefits that would mean people under 25 could no longer receive Newstart payments.<p>Under existing rules, people can apply for the fortnightly unemployment payment when they turn 22. However, the government’s …