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Why some kids can’t spell and why spelling tests won’t help

A couple of years ago, early one morning, I received an SMS advising “resadents to stay indoors because of a nearby insadent”. I was shocked by the …

Language

Generational differences

Today, Microsoft launches their new console, the Xbox One, around the world, starting with an absurdly spectacular light show in Sydney Harbour. …

SNES

The costs and benefits of China's one-child policy

The recent announcement that China’s one-child policy will be partially relaxed will be celebrated worldwide by libertarians, human rights activists …

China

We need to talk about dirty work, and what it's worth

A recent survey found 73% of aged care workers in Australia did dirty work, coming into contact with bodily products. These products that are normal …

Psychology

The Sydney Morning Herald on Twitter: "Interactive: See how Australia has changed in the three decades since Bob Hawke came to power http://t.co/WFjWdy4rLn http://t.co/Sw601zVOgZ"

Roman skulls washed down lost London river

<b>Archaeologists working with London's Crossrail project have uncovered 20 skulls believed to be from the Roman period.</b><p>It is likely the bones were washed from a nearby burial site along one of London's "lost" rivers - the Walbrook.<p>In the last year archaeologists in London have also found about 10,000 …

Archaeology

How did ancient Greek music sound?

<b>The music of ancient Greece, unheard for thousands of years, is being brought back to life by Armand D'Angour, a musician and tutor in classics at Oxford University. He describes what his research is discovering.</b><p>"Suppose that 2,500 years from now all that survived of the Beatles songs were a few of …

Ancient History

Silk Road secrets: The Buddhist art of the Mogao Caves

BBC Arts & Culture<p>In a secret cave on China's ancient Silk Road, one of the world's most incredible collections of art lay locked away in darkness for 900 years.<p>It held a treasure trove of 50,000 Buddhist paintings and manuscripts dating back to the 5th Century.<p>And it would have remained hidden …

Art

What happened in the rest of the world in 1066?

<b>British people tend to see the world through key dates - 1066, 1815, 1914, 1945 etc. But what was happening in other parts of the world in those fateful years, asks Dr Michael Scott.</b><p>Last year I was watching the build-up to the London Olympics opening ceremony when a commentator quipped: "This will …

World History

Why Australia must deepen its Asian investment relationships

Foreign investment has been a key issue in national policy debate. Surging levels of foreign investment have provided a fillip to the Australian …

Economic Development

Nocookies

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Heat 'not undermining Greenland ice'

SCIENTISTS have found that record melting is not undermining Greenland's massive ice sheet, reducing fears that it could literally slide into the …

Global Warming

Australia stand up and take a 'selfie'

After giving the world the Hills Hoist, dual flush toilets and casked wine, Australia can now take credit for the term "selfie" - Oxford …

COAG report: girls ahead at school but women lag in pay stakes

It is the "baffling contrast" in gender equality in Australia: girls generally outperform boys at school, and are more likely to hold a bachelor …

Australia to face stronger El Nino weather patterns from global warming

Australia will face fiercer El Nino weather patterns - causing severe drought - as a result of human-induced global warming, world-first research led …

Emissions target inadequate, says Climate Change Authority

Australia's greenhouse gas reduction target of 5 per cent this decade is inadequate and should be increased to at least 15 per cent, according to the …

Nocookies

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When our cultural heritage goes up in smoke

This month’s New South Wales fire emergency has again focused attention on the threat to life and property caused by fire. With thousands of hectares …

Australia