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Stop Complaining About The Evolution Of Text Language. Period.

Although shaking your fist does burn calories.<p>The receiving end of the text above is an uncomfortable place to be. Why? Because "thanks" ends in a period. Yes, it may just mean "thanks." Or it might mean "thanks, but not really, because your tardiness is <i>annoying</i>."<p>A Binghamton University research …

Language

A Professor Says Australians Talk the Way They Do Because Early Aussie Settlers Were Drunk

New information traces the familiar Australian accent back to early settlers and their drunken get-togethers.<p>For every accent, there's an associated stereotype. The Southern drawl makes people sound warm and friendly; Valleyspeak suggests an affiliation with the mall; and of course British accents …

The Beautiful Books the Nazis Burned

Before the Nazis took over, the Weimar republic played host to all kinds of innovative art that pervaded the culture, right down to the designs on …

Germany

Flying a refugee to Nauru in secret: is this any different to extraordinary rendition?

Australia’s militarised border protection policy borrows its methods from the war on terror – not least by moving questionable activities offshore and outside the easy reach of courts<p>The rebadging of the Australian customs and border protection service as the Australian border force illustrates a …

Australia

Unemployed Sydney teenager handed revolver to gunman in Parramatta Mosque, police allege

Unemployed Sydney teenager Raban Alou handed a revolver to Parramatta gunman Farhad Jabar in the female section of the Parramatta Mosque where there …

Incest case highlights complexities of Victoria's new baseline sentencing laws

Victoria’s new baseline sentencing laws have come under scrutiny in a prosecution appeal against a father’s six-year jail sentence for incest with his teenage daughter.<p>Law expert slams West Australian Labor for backing new mandatory sentencing<p>Read more<p>The man – who can’t be named for legal reasons …

Crime

Interview with the Man Who Created the Dothraki Language: David J. Peterson

David J. Peterson is the inventor of the Dothraki and Valyrian languages as heard on HBO’s hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones." He’s also worked as …

Language

Now Maccas is a property developer

The biggest name in fast food, McDonalds is taking advantage of the fastest growing sector in housing development.<p>In Parramatta which is earmarked as …

McDonald's

Australia deportation laws criticised by NZ prime minister

<b>New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has said Australia's deportation laws are undermining their relationship.</b><p>He said he had had a "blunt" chat about the issue with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at the UN.<p>The laws, introduced last year, mean any non-Australian criminal imprisoned for a …

New Photo Book Celebrates the Unusual Architecture of Soviet-era Bus Stops

<i>Gagra, Disputed Region of Abkhazia</i><p><i>Aralsk, Kazakhstan</i><p>From Eastern Europe, passing though the Caucasus and all the way to Central Asia, American …

The truth about growing potatoes on Mars

In the bestselling sci-fi novel and upcoming movie "The Martian," astronaut and botanist Mark Watney survives on Mars for over a year, largely thanks to his ingenious potato crop.<p>But is it possible to actually grow food in Martian soil? Yes, and not just potatoes, says Bruce Bugbee, a real-life …

The authors who prove it's never too late to write a book

It's not uncommon to see recommendation lists celebrating the talents of young authors. Granta publishes a 'Best of Young British Novelists' list every ten years - the next one due in 2023 - and the New Yorker's '20 under 40' list is widely considered to be "big business" in the literary world. …

'Questionable' circumstances around $700k payout by Groote Eylandt's Aboriginal corporation

A "not-for-profit" Aboriginal organisation in the Northern Territory has made a $700,000 termination payment to a former general manager in …

The third recorded global coral bleaching event may be underway

Coral reefs around the world — from Hawaii to the iconic Great Barrier Reef, eastward all the way to the Bahamas and beyond — are in jeopardy of …

Port Adelaide's Birkenhead Bridge still moving more than 16,000 vehicles daily in 75th anniversary year

The iconic infrastructure that links Port Adelaide to the Lefevre Peninsula— Birkenhead Bridge —is celebrating 75 years.<p>From as early as 1859, the …

Young people might be 'astonished' to learn what life was like for women 40 years ago: Summers

Forty years on from the publication of her book, Damned Whores and God's Police, feminist author Dr Anne Summers says Australia still has a long way …

iOS 9 adblocker apps shoot to top of charts on day one

Less than a day after the launch of iOS 9, Apple’s latest operating system, content blocking software is at the top of the app charts worldwide.<p>In the UK, two content blockers have hit the top 20 paid apps, with Purify at number 11 and Peace at number 12. In the US, the take-up has been even …

Digital Advertising

Former Adelaide real estate director charged with 18 counts of theft

A former director of an Adelaide real estate agency will face court tomorrow charged with multiple counts of theft.<p>Detectives from the Major Fraud …

Sexualised girls are seen as less intelligent and less worthy of help than their peers

Over the past decade, the sexualisation of children has become a fiercely debated topic around the globe, with national inquiries recently conducted …

“Picture yourself as a stereotypical male”

There is empirical evidence to support the idea that males have a higher capacity for spatial reasoning than females. A large-scale 1995 …

Psychology

South Africa's new human ancestor sparks racial row

"No one will dig old monkey bones to back up a theory that I was once a baboon. Sorry," said Zwelinzima Vavi, former general secretary of the powerful trade union group Cosatu, a faithful ally of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).<p>"I am no grandchild of any ape, monkey or baboon -- finish …

Chaos in Japan's upper house as panel approves contentious military bill

Japanese politicians scuffled in the upper house as they tried — and failed — to stop a security bill on Thursday that could see Japan's military …

Australia Begins Airstrikes Against ISIS In Syria

Australia -- part of an international coalition bombing Islamic State group targets in Iraq -- carried out its first airstrikes against the militant …

ALWAYS WAS, ALWAYS WILL BE ABORIGINAL LAND : RALLIES ACROSS AUSTRALIA ON SURVIVAL DAY 2015

Dogged reporting in Azerbaijan landed a U.S.-trained journalist in prison

The U.S. government spends millions each year on programs to improve the skills of foreign reporters, but rarely have its efforts helped produce such a media superstar as Khadija Ismayilova in Azerbaijan.<p>Ismayilova was 27 when she enrolled in her first U.S.-funded investigative workshop in Baku in …

Journalism

Dear Mr Abbott, It's Time To Stand Down As The Minister For Women

Dear Prime Minister,<p>There has been much talk this last week of an upcoming Cabinet reshuffle, and I don't presume to make comment one way or another …

Australia

Kiribati president lashes Peter Dutton for 'vulgar' joke about rising sea levels in Pacific, urges action on climate change - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The president of Kiribati has lashed out at Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, labelling him morally irresponsible for making a "vulgar" joke about …

Everything the new arrival needs to know about Australia

<b>Syria is a long way from Australia and the 12,000 refugees who will make their way south over the next 12 months will be likely to measure the distance in more than kilometres.</b><p>In a surprising policy change, the Australian government this week said it would accept 12,000 Syrian refugees from camps …