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Universities Accord final report: what is it, and what does it recommend? Universities Accord: the final report mentions ‘equity’ 200 times, but can it boost access for underrepresented groups? Universities Accord: ‘Gonski-style’ funding is on the table for higher education. This will see some unis gain more than others Universities Accord: many students could pay less for their higher education … eventually NRA loses New York corruption trial over squandered funds – retired longtime leader Wayne LaPierre must repay millions of dollars Nigeria’s ban on alcohol sold in small sachets will help tackle underage drinking A debt crisis looms over global majority countries The Body Shop was the scent of my youth – and it’s young people who could resurrect the brand Legion: Life in the Roman Army exhibition delivers exciting finds but fails to go beyond stories of men and weapons of war Vladimir Putin has never understood why Ukrainians want to control their own destiny Modern democracies are in crisis. Could 18th-century political theorist Edmund Burke help us find a way out? Joe Biden has raised more than Trump so far – here’s how US election fundraising is working out Slouching isn’t as bad for you as you might think Javier Milei: Argentina’s new president presses ahead with economic ‘shock therapy’ as social unrest grows Your smart watch isn’t a medical device – but it is tracking all your health data Satellites are burning up in the upper atmosphere – and we still don’t know what impact this will have on the Earth’s climate Violence, dominance and passion on the big screen – and other things you should see this week Russia: Authorities must release Aleksei Navalny’s body and allow access for an independent investigation into the cause of his death Deadly tribal clashes destabilize Papua New Guinea Photo essay: Communities still coping in the aftermath of Morocco earthquake IQ tests: the danger of reading too much into them – and the crucial cognitive skills they don’t measure Nanotechnology promises to help farmers cut pesticide use – but could also make chemicals more toxic Perfect Days: Wim Wenders’ reflection on ageing, told through the toilets of Tokyo Longer sentences for ‘rough sex’ killers may not deliver justice for victims Gut microbiome: meet Lactobacillus acidophilus – the gut health superhero Arsenic in landfills is still leaching into groundwater − 20 years after colleagues and I learned how the ‘king of poisons’ could escape trash dumps How governments handle data matters for inclusion War in Ukraine at 2 years: Destruction seen from space – via radar Making the moral of the story stick − a media psychologist explains the research behind ‘Sesame Street,’ ‘Arthur’ and other children’s TV The Russia-Ukraine War has caused a staggering amount of cultural destruction – both seen and unseen Louisiana governor makes it easier for companies to receive lucrative tax breaks that take money away from cash-strapped schools The South Carolina primary is likely to reveal the eventual Republican presidential nominee - 3 points to understand Early COVID-19 research is riddled with poor methods and low-quality results − a problem for science the pandemic worsened but didn’t create Deadly tribal clashes destabalize Papua New Guinea Afghanistan: Taliban must halt all executions and abolish death penalty Peru's Supreme Court of Justice annuls the judicial process for forced sterilizations committed during the Fujimori government Tunisia: Release and drop charges against opposition activists arbitrarily detained for a year Bushfire smoke affects children differently. Here’s how to protect them YouTube influencer Ruby Franke will go to prison for child abuse. What are the ethics of family vlogging? How people get sucked into misinformation rabbit holes – and how to get them out Why Egypt refuses to open its border to Palestinians forcibly displaced from Gaza Global Voices seeks an Administration and Operations Manager Friday essay: neither a monster nor a saint … Sir Samuel Griffith, Queensland’s violent frontier and the rigours of truth-telling Do pre-sentencing reports really help Black offenders in Canada’s justice system? 40 years after his famous walk in the snow, a look back at Pierre Trudeau’s resignation When homes already hit 40°C inside, it’s better to draw on residents’ local know-how than plan for climate change from above Joining AUKUS could boost NZ’s poor research and technology spending – but at what cost? Saudi Arabia: Amazon reimburses workers for unlawful fees following Amnesty International report highlighting abuses Gaza update: Biden ups the pressure on Israel as deadline for Rafah assault approaches Climate change is fanning the flames of NZ’s wildfire future. Port Hills is only the beginning Extreme environments are coded into the genomes of the organisms that live there What does Donald Trump’s NATO posturing mean for Canada? Side-effects of expanding forests could limit their potential to tackle climate change – new study Victoria’s power outage could have been far worse. Can we harden the grid against extreme weather? Friday essay: neither a monster or a saint … Sir Samuel Griffith, Queensland’s violent frontier and the rigours of truth-telling ABC’s House of Gods: a bold and compelling exploration of contemporary life in an Australian imam’s family Emissions from households’ water use are on a par with aviation. The big cuts and savings they can make are being neglected We discovered two new Australian native mammals – the first of their kind this century ‘Why can’t I wear a dress?’ What schools can learn from preschools about supporting trans children Team Taylor – why Swift’s brand works so well and how it could come under threat Are you ready for it? ‘Yeah-nah’ comes back stronger – with a little help from Taylor Swift ‘Robotax’ is a symptom of a gap in Australia’s tax laws. Here’s how to fix it We looked at 700 plant-based foods to see how healthy they really are. Here’s what we found The secret sauce of Coles’ and Woolworths’ profits: high-tech surveillance and control Does a university undergraduate degree lead to a ‘good job?’ It depends what you mean How advanced genetic testing can be used to combat the illegal timber trade With Beyoncé’s foray into country music, the genre may finally break free from the stereotypes that have long dogged it Speaker Lindsay Hoyle sparks chaos: five steps to understanding why MPs stormed out of Parliament during Gaza vote Deepfakes in South Africa: protecting your image online is the key to fighting them Traditional weather forecasts: expert shares 5 ways Africa’s coastal residents predict floods Kalahari weaver birds lay bigger eggs when they have female helpers to feed nestlings Gaza war: will Israel respond to US pressure to tread carefully in Rafah? There is a precedent Out of Darkness: I’m an expert on human origins – here’s how this stone age thriller surprised me Sargent and Fashion: the American painter brings silks and satins into the limelight US election: Haley’s supporters believe radically different things to Trump. So where do they go next? Man eats raw chicken for 25 days – why isn’t he sick? How to choose a trustworthy mental health app in a market bloated with options Offshore wind farms: policymakers are more influenced by reports that accentuate negative impacts – new study Trump is no Navalny, and prosecution in a democracy is a lot different than persecution in Putin’s Russia UN Scrutinizes Indonesia’s Record on Socio-Economic Rights India: The price of protest must not be death Learning in two languages: lessons from francophone Africa on what works best It Happened One Night at 90: the film that defined the romantic comedy Russia’s economy is now completely driven by the war in Ukraine – it cannot afford to lose, but nor can it afford to win The UK government aims to stop publishing stats on homeless people’s deaths – here’s why that’s a problem Not all mourning happens after bereavement – for some, grief can start years before the death of a loved one Mothers’ dieting habits and self-talk have profound impact on daughters − 2 psychologists explain how to cultivate healthy behaviors and body image Bacteria can develop resistance to drugs they haven’t encountered before − scientists figured this out decades ago in a classic experiment Donors gave $58 billion to higher ed in the 2023 academic year, with mega gifts up despite overall decline Colleges are using AI to prepare hospitality workers of the future EPA has tightened its target for deadly particle pollution − states need more tools to reach it Philly mayor might consider these lessons from NYC before expanding stop-and-frisk How you can tell propaganda from journalism − let’s look at Tucker Carlson’s visit to Russia With Beyoncé’s foray into country music, the genre is finally breaking free from the stereotypes that have long dogged it Algeria: Five years after Hirak protest movement repressive clampdown continues unabated Grattan on Friday: Unshackle immigration from Home Affairs and give it its own department As Israel’s assault on Rafah approaches, Egypt prepares for a flood of Palestinian refugees Israel-Gaza: how opinion polls used in Northern Ireland could pave a way to peace Panama: Key Services Lacking at Climate Relocation Site Ukraine/Russia: Justice for Ukraine means accountability for all crimes committed by Russia since 2014 Despite escalating sanctions, key machines imported from East Asia sustain Russia’s war effort in Ukraine Africa’s debt crisis needs a bold new approach: expert outlines a way forward National Anti-Corruption Commission to warn of ‘corruption vulnerabilities’ ahead of federal election Governments Target Nationals Living Abroad Dating apps are accused of being ‘addictive’. What makes us keep swiping? Outrage culture is a big, toxic problem. Why do we take part? And how can we stop? Sentinels of the sea: ancient boulder corals are key to reef survival in a warmer world We gave palliative care patients VR therapy. More than 50% said it helped reduce pain and depression symptoms Changeling warrior Robyn Davidson has never been lost. She’s a seeker with the courage to keep looking Voluntary assisted dying is different to suicide. But federal laws conflate them and restrict access to telehealth World News in Brief: Ukraine attacks in Donetsk, Afghan quake costs, ‘forever chemicals’ dumped in US, benefits of multilingual education UK urged to end ‘national threat’ of violence against women and girls How colourism affects families in the UK – and how positive parenting can challenge it Universities should respond to cuts and corporate influence with co-operative governance Sporting change: How an elite swim club in Western Canada is addressing bullying Thermoelectric technologies can help power a zero-carbon future Myanmar: Mandatory conscription shows junta’s ‘desperation’, rights expert says World News in Brief: Ukraine attacks in Donetsk, ‘forever chemicals’ dumped in US, benefits of multilingual education The brightest object ever observed in the night sky is a black hole that’s growing by the equivalent of one Sun a day Why bans on smartphones or social media for teenagers could do more harm than good How colourism affects families in the UK – and how positive parenting and love can challenge it The 100-hour war between El Salvador and Honduras is famous for starting with a football match – the truth is more complicated A drug to treat frostbite is finally available Whether inserted, ingested or implanted, batteries are a matter of life and death Future graduates will pay more in student loan repayments – and the poorest will be worst affected Tracking tropical turtles deep down to the seabed reveals their feeding habits Q&A with Sergei Guriev: ‘The optimistic scenario is the departure of Vladimir Putin in whatever way’ Guide to the classics: Yevgeny Zamyatin’s dystopian novel We inspired Orwell and influenced the Western imagination Hard to kill: here’s why eucalypts are survival experts Privilege or poisoned chalice? As deputy chair at next week’s WTO meeting, NZ confronts an organisation in crisis The power and pleasure – and occasional backlash – of celebrity conspiracy theories Working from home is producing economic benefits return-to-office rules would quash ADHD drug shortages: what to expect if you take Vyvanse and can’t access your usual dose Australian passenger vehicle emission rates are 50% higher than the rest of the world – and it’s getting worse Unmarked graves, violent repression and cultural erasure: the devastating human toll of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine Western leaders threaten to undermine Navalny’s legacy in Russia OpenAI’s new generative tool Sora could revolutionize marketing and content creation Global: Delay to establishing the board of a fund for people harmed by global warming threatens to undermine human rights Navigating dreams, survivor’s guilt, and the yearning for Gaza Indonesian presidential winner charms youth vote with dances, TikTok, and cats Does hosting the Olympics, the World Cup or other major sports events really pay off? Gaza war: blaming Israel for October 7 Hamas attack makes peace less – not more – likely LGBTQ history month: celebrating queer memory in our cities Fascist propaganda on the big screen: the history of the NO-DO in Francoist Spain Free movement in west Africa: three countries leaving Ecowas could face migration hurdles Gut bacteria may explain why grey squirrels outcompete reds – new research The Settlers flips the western genre to explore cinema’s role in colonial crimes Alzheimer’s disease: Viagra is seen as a potential treatment, but the research shows contradictory findings Earth’s early evolution: fresh insights from rocks formed 3.5 billion years ago Antibiotic use on Kenya’s dairy farms is putting consumers and animals at risk 80% of premature baby deaths happen in poorer countries. Five simple measures that can help save them What is Alaskapox? A microbiologist explains the recently discovered virus that just claimed its first fatality Making it personal: Considering an issue’s relevance to your own life could help reduce political polarization Potato plant radiation sensors could one day monitor radiation in areas surrounding power plants I’ve been studying astronaut psychology since Apollo − a long voyage to Mars in a confined space could raise stress levels and make the journey more challenging Your heart changes in size and shape with exercise – this can lead to heart problems for some athletes and gym rats Marriage is not as effective an anti-poverty strategy as you’ve been led to believe Donald Trump is already flustering foreign leaders who are trying to prepare for a possible presidency Are fears of saying ‘no’ overblown? Wealthier, urban Americans have access to more local news – while roughly half of US counties have only one outlet or less Young people are lukewarm about Biden – and giving them more information doesn’t move the needle much Switzerland: Acquittals in Kolmar Group defamation trial are a step towards justice Anthony Albanese rules out early election – and wishes federal terms were longer Brad Banducci checks out from Woolworths, signalling a business out-of-touch with its customers Saudi Arabia: Release forcibly disappeared woman facing trial for supporting women’s rights online One man is trying to save a language in Bangladesh with only six native speakers Taiwan’s Indigenous languages are under threat – what can NZ learn from their successes and failures? Australia wants navy boats with lots of weapons, but no crew. Will they run afoul of international law? Why do I keep getting urinary tract infections? And why are chronic UTIs so hard to treat? By boat or by plane? If you’re seeking asylum in Australia, the outcome is similarly bleak President Javier Milei's parcel of laws to deregulate Argentina approved by the Argentine Congress How global warming is reshaping winter life in Canada A botanical Pompeii: we found spectacular Australian plant fossils from 30 million years ago Ridding Macquarie Island of pests pays off as seabirds come back from the brink – but recovery has just begun Marion Halligan was a woman of great warmth and generosity, and a consummate novelist Why 2024 could be a grim year for Ukraine – with momentous implications for the world What ‘psychological warfare’ tactics do scammers use, and how can you protect yourself? A small film asking big questions: The Rooster is a study of fragile, lonely masculinity Canada’s Genetic Non-Discrimination Act has only had a limited impact on the use of genetic information by life insurers Screen time doesn’t have to be sedentary: 3 ways it can get kids moving The Zone of Interest: the dark psychological insight of Martin Amis’s Holocaust novel is lost in the film adaptation ‘Shipping’, ‘slash fic’ and ‘Gaylors’: fans can find community through ‘queering’ idols – but is it ethical? Fire is a chemical reaction. Here’s why Australia is supremely suited to it Ancient DNA reveals children with Down syndrome in past societies. What can their burials tell us about their lives? If you’re worried about inflammation, stop stressing about seed oils and focus on the basics Some truths are self-evident: Joe Biden is too old. But who could possibly replace him? Canada is a suburban nation because of post-Second World War government policy How high school ‘university’ courses matter for all post-secondary access — more than the name implies The ArriveCan scandal: How can we avoid similar problems in the future? Suicide risk is higher in certain phases of the menstrual cycle – here’s what we know about this link The Virgin Mary features heavily in anti-abortion activism – and many Catholics are worried The destruction of Gazaʼs historic buildings is an act of ‘urbicide’ Capital gains: Sunak and Starmer’s tax bills show how the system benefits the rich A single Antarctic heatwave or storm can noticeably raise the sea level Argentina’s anti-government protests offer a lesson for the international struggle against the rise of the far right One million people in England may have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes – what you need to know Christchurch terrorist discussed attacks online a year before carrying them out, new research reveals Cybersecurity for satellites is a growing challenge, as threats to space-based infrastructure grow A message from the Global Voices board 3D printing promises more efficient ways to make custom explosives and rocket propellants Lagos: drugs, firearms and youth unemployment are creating a lethal cocktail in Nigeria’s commercial capital Defying expectations, disabled Japanese macaques survive by adjusting their behaviours and receiving support Bisexuality is better depicted in TV than film, where it’s still linked to ‘transgression’ Dementia can be predicted more than a decade before diagnosis with these blood proteins The energy transition can be fair, just and inclusive – but the window of opportunity is closing fast Religious diversity is exploding – here’s what a faith-positive Britain might actually look like Ukraine war: the west is at a crossroads – double down on aid to Kyiv, accept a compromise deal, or face humiliation by Russia Learning music the informal way some popular musicians do could inspire more school students Why Bolsonaro failed to overthrow democracy – and why a threat remains Social media users say their Palestine content is being shadow banned – here’s how to know if it’s happening to you Why West Africa’s education system needs transforming Anger and grief as Russians in Armenia and Georgia mourn Navalny’s death Overcoming the patriarchy in India's caste system: Minal's story Climate crisis ruins Himalayan pastoralists Ethiopia’s peace pacts with the Oromo Liberation Front have failed: here’s what was missing The psychology of great artists: beyond the myth of the lone, tortured genius South Sudan: some spoilers want peace to fail, putting 2024 elections at risk Women in South Africa’s armed struggle: new book records history at first hand How Lula’s big-tent pragmatism won over Brazil again – with a little help from a backlash to Bolsonaro Nearly 2 million Americans are using kratom yearly, but it is banned in multiple states: A pharmacologist explains the controversy Separate water fountains for Black people still stand in the South – thinly veiled monuments to the long, strange, dehumanizing history of segregation How politicians can draw fairer election districts − the same way parents make kids fairly split a piece of cake Nikki Haley insists she can lose South Carolina and still get the nomination – but that would defy history Murderous mice attack and kill nesting albatrosses on Midway Atoll − scientists struggle to stop this gruesome new behavior Carbon offsets bring new investment to Appalachia’s coal fields, but most Appalachians aren’t benefiting Turkey's search for gold has a massive humanitarian and environmental impact We can do more to help Ukraine Lebanon: Thousands in Tripoli living in unsafe housing a year on from devastating earthquakes DRC: Authorities must protect and assist civilians as fighting intensifies Did your dog dig in asbestos-laden mulch? Here are the risks – and what to do next ‘Free birthing’ and planned home births might sound similar but the risks are very different Politics with Michelle Grattan: Antony Green, Kos Samaras and Tim Costello on Dunkley contest 8 ways Woolworths and Coles squeeze their suppliers and their customers Lebanon: “We are not safe here”: Government fails people living in buildings at risk of collapse in Tripoli Digital surveillance and the specter of AI in Mexico Who was Robert Badinter, the most important Frenchman of whom you never heard? The government has unveiled its Navy of the future. Will it solve our current problems – or just create new ones? What is Sora? A new generative AI tool could transform video production and amplify disinformation risks The art of ‘getting lost’: how re-discovering your city can be an antidote to capitalism UK bill to send asylum seekers to Rwanda ‘undercuts human rights’: UN rights chief Hong Kong: Governments Should Oppose Security Bill ‘It’s about making our children feel proud’: how schools can learn about local Indigenous language and culture Shame, intimacy, and community: fangirls are mocked, but it is more complex than you might think ‘I was who I wasn’t’: McKenzie Wark’s memoir of late transition envisions a less gender-restrictive world New ecosystems, unprecedented climates: more Australian species than ever are struggling to survive How long does back pain last? And how can learning about pain increase the chance of recovery? Moving closer to Australia is in New Zealand’s strategic interest – joining AUKUS is not The brightest object in the universe is a black hole that eats a star a day After years of avoiding extradition, Julian Assange’s appeal is likely his last chance. Here’s how it might unfold (and how we got here) Who was Robert Badinter, the most important Frenchman you never heard of? Understanding Tobago’s disastrous oil spill Rights experts call for probe into alleged violations against Palestinian women and girls From bridge to chess, why men outperform women at ‘mindsports’ – and what to do about it How modern vendettas compare with blood vengeance in the age of King David Romans kept black henbane seeds in hollowed-out bone, a new study has found. Here’s what they might have been used for Spitting Image at 40: the story of the show is surprisingly influenced by Thatcher Potassium in our soil is running low, threatening global food security – new study proposes a way out Gen Z boys’ attitudes to feminism are more nuanced than negative Russia’s space weapon: anti-satellite systems are indiscriminate, posing a risk to everyone’s spacecraft EU/Global: European Commission’s TikTok probe aims to help protect young users We all want an Afghanistan at peace, UN chief says in Doha UK bill to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda ‘undercuts human rights’: UN rights chief What bodily secretions like blood, wax and tears can tell us about our health Five reasons why Trump’s Republican opponents were never going to beat him Zombie deer disease is spreading and scientists are concerned that it could jump to humans Sudan Armed Forces are on a path to self-destruction – risking state collapse What are Sabaki languages? How people formed ethnic groups along the coast of east Africa Nervous Conditions: on translating one of Zimbabwe’s most famous novels into Shona FAFSA website meltdown: How to avoid additional frustration with financial aid applications Why does a leap year have 366 days? ‘Benevolent sexism’ in startups widens the gender gap by advantaging men over women ‘Maestro’ shows the enduring power of Gustav Mahler through Leonard Bernstein’s passion How having conversations with children builds their language — and strengthens family connections Lung cancer: Predicting which patients are at high risk of recurrence to improve outcomes Jo Brand translated my science. I’m certain that comedy can connect people to climate change Switzerland: Court decision on ethnic profiling case must send clear message on racial discrimination Russia: Authorities brutally suppress mourners of Aleksei Navalny DRC protests: expert explains why Congolese anger against the west is justified – and useful to the government Ethiopia: Authorities must stop using state of emergency law to silence peaceful dissent Azerbaijan's measure to silence critics: The case of Gubad Ibadoglu What’s behind the collapse in the price of nickel and how can the industry survive? Russia: Surge in abuse of anti-terrorism laws to suppress dissent Israel must end its occupation of Palestine to stop fuelling apartheid and systematic human rights violations Scientists shocked to discover new species of green anaconda, the world’s biggest snake ‘The future has a way of finding you’: Georgia Blain’s haunting final stories reveal the fragile moments that shape us Run out of butter or eggs? Here’s the science behind substitute ingredients The video art of Arthur Jafa: a counterpunch to anyone who wants to put people of colour in their place Asbestos in mulch? Here’s the risk if you’ve been exposed NZ is bound by international mental health agreements – statistics for Māori show we’re failing to uphold them Taking expensive medicines or ones unavailable in Australia? Importing may be the answer ‘Green’ or ‘blue’ hydrogen – what difference does it make? Not much for most Australians From Harry Potter to Taylor Swift: how millennial women grew up with fandoms, and became a force Out of the rabbit hole: new research shows people can change their minds about conspiracy theories Labor’s Stage 3 changes aren’t genuine tax reform – here’s what would be History’s crisis detectives: how we’re using maths and data to reveal why societies collapse – and clues about the future Urgent statement from Chief Executives of humanitarian agencies and human rights organizations on Rafah, Gaza Flying fish and bearded fig trees are on the decline in Barbados Now it’s Nationals deputy leader Perin Davey who’s had a glass too many Donald Trump faces half a billion dollars of debt and several court cases. But that may not stop him from becoming president again Boat arrivals sent to Nauru, and Sovereign Borders commander warns against politicising the issue Corruption and clean energy in South Africa: economic model shows trust in government is linked to takeup of renewables Slums and guns in Bamako: what’s driving the illegal weapon trade in Mali’s capital city HIV among older South Africans in rural areas: big study shows there’s a problem that’s being neglected Oromia makes up a third of Ethiopia’s landmass and is key to its fortunes: expert unpacks its significance Alexei Navalny had a vision of a democratic Russia. That terrified Vladimir Putin to the core Is Russia looking to put nukes in space? Doing so would undermine global stability and ignite an anti-satellite arms race ‘Dirty Vote’ documentary on alleged election fraud goes viral in Indonesia EU: Landmark Digital Services Act must be robustly enforced to protect human rights Navalny dies in prison − but his blueprint for anti-Putin activism will live on UN rights office regrets Venezuela’s decision to suspend operations Chronic wasting disease has been detected in British Columbia deer, and we need to act now VENEZUELA: THE GOVERNMENT’S ESCALATING REPRESSION AND ATTEMPTS AT EVADING SCRUTINY FACE RESOUNDING CONDEMNATION FROM INTERNATIONAL CIVIL SOCIETY ‘I don’t feel safe': Reactions to Germany’s suppression of pro-Palestine solidarity Traditional ‘Quilombola’ communities in Brazil face threats while they await titles to their lands Alexei Navalny: reported death of Putin’s most prominent opponent spells the end of politics in Russia “That’s a good girl”: how women are infantilised during obstetric care and labour Navalny dies in prison, authorities say − but his blueprint for anti-Putin activism will live on Russia: Navalny Dies in Prison Russia: UN human rights office ‘appalled’ at death of Navalny in prison Sri Lanka: why the country’s wait for elections must end Modern palaeontology keeps unmasking fossil forgeries – and a new study has uncovered the latest fake AI has a large and growing carbon footprint, but there are potential solutions on the horizon Teacher apprenticeships may encourage more people into the profession – but greater change is needed to get them to stay COVID: there’s a strong current of pandemic revisionism in the mainstream media, and it’s dangerous State-owned energy companies are among the world’s most polluting – putting a price on carbon could help Harry Potter online fanfiction lovers might not be too happy to see Manacled become a book A brief history of the diss track – from the Roxanne Wars to Megan Thee Stallion Russia: Prisoner of conscience Aleksei Navalny, Kremlin’s most vocal opponent, dies in custody Wellingborough and Kingswood byelections: it’s never been this bad for the Conservatives, and it could still get worse AI will let us read ‘lost’ ancient works in the library at Herculaneum for the first time US election: how Trump and his followers use offensive humour to make prejudice acceptable Gut microbiome: meet Bilophila wadsworthia – a microbe that’s both friend and foe Extraction of raw materials could rise 60% by 2060 – and making mining ‘greener’ won’t stop the damage As a rabbi, philosopher and physician, Maimonides wrestled with religion and reason – the book he wrote to reconcile them, ‘Guide to the Perplexed,’ has sparked debate ever since Candidates’ aging brains are factors in the presidential race − 4 essential reads A Bronx school district offers lessons in boosting student mental health Cult of the drone: At the two-year mark, UAVs have changed the face of war in Ukraine – but not outcomes What’s behind the astonishing rise in LGBTQ+ romance literature? Forest Service warns of budget cuts ahead of a risky wildfire season – what that means for safety Mexico is suing US gun-makers for arming its gangs − and a US court could award billions in damages How tax breaks strangle American schools − billions of dollars that could help students vanish from budgets, especially hurting districts that serve poor students DR Congo’s arrest of activists invokes déjà vu of growing repression Global: UN Doha meeting on Afghanistan must mark an end to impunity for human rights abuse under the Taliban Boat arrivals land on remote Western Australian coast 7 crucial issues casting a shadow over Prabowo-Gibran’s likely Indonesian election victory Armenia and Azerbaijan: The most recent flare up puts peace prospects on the backburner World Court to Review 57-Year Israeli Occupation Greece: Same-sex marriage recognition, key milestone in fight against homophobia and transphobia Australians are washing microplastics down the drain and it’s ending up on our farms From Coke cans to shoes to menus: what’s behind the rise in personalised products? Ross Garnaut and Rod Sims have proposed a $100 billion-a-year fossil fuel tax – and it’s a debate Australia should embrace 20°C seems the optimal temperature for life on Earth to thrive – what does this mean in a warming world? Kiss’s debut album at 50: how the rock legends went from ‘clowns’ to becoming immortalised As the world heats up, solar panels will degrade faster – especially in hot, humid areas. What can we do? Why do Israelis and the rest of the world view the Gaza conflict so differently? And can this disconnect be overcome? Indigenous fathers help build stronger communities. Here’s how we can better support them Is it broken? A strain or sprain? How to spot a serious injury now school and sport are back Truman Capote was ruined when he published his society friends’ secrets. Was Answered Prayers worth it? Introducing our Books & Ideas newsletter Drowning in ‘digital debt’? AI assistants can help – but we must use them carefully Trauma-informed approaches to discipline matter for equitable and safe schooling Vladimir Putin justifies his imperial aims in Tucker Carlson interview Text with us and get one great link every day To protect user privacy online, governments need to reconsider their use of opt-in policies 8 ways that stopping overfishing will promote biodiversity and help address climate change Gaza: Israel’s censure of rights expert should not distract from possible war crimes Kosovo: consolidating its statehood remains an uphill struggle 16 years after independence The ‘jab market’ of private COVID vaccines is a good thing for public health – but not for health inequality Jelqing: the latest in a long history of attempts to enlarge the male member The collapse of The Body Shop shows that ‘ethical’ branding is not a free pass to commercial success Ukraine recap: prospect of renewed US funding a boost for beleaguered Zelensky Why prices are so high – 8 ways retail pricing algorithms gouge consumers Research espionage is a real threat – but a drastic crackdown could stifle vital international collaboration Climate change is forcing Australians to weigh up relocating. How do they make that difficult decision? From Deadheads on bulletin boards to Taylor Swift ‘stans’: a short history of how fandoms shaped the internet Should Taylor Swift be taught alongside Shakespeare? 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