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But we’ve found a strong economic case for benefits New EU trade rules could put poor countries in a billion dollar ‘green squeeze’ The UK’s Climate Change Act, once the envy of the world, faces a stress test The weather experiment that really flooded Dubai Economic growth tops the priority list for Canadian policymakers — here’s why Our laser technique can tell apart elephant and mammoth ivory – here’s how it may disrupt the ivory trade Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has left the entire region at a heightened risk of radioactive pollution Dominica High Court Decriminalizes Same-Sex Conduct Iraq: At least 13 people executed amid alarming lack of transparency Gaza: Discovery of mass graves highlights urgent need to grant access to independent human rights investigators Do implicit bias trainings on race improve health care? Not yet – but incorporating the latest science can help hospitals treat all patients equitably Nearsightedness is at epidemic levels – and the problem begins in childhood Gender-nonconforming ancient Romans found refuge in community dedicated to goddess Cybele For millions of Americans, high-speed internet is unavailable or unaffordable − a telecommunications expert explains how to bring broadband to the places that need it the most What is ‘techno-optimism’? 2 technology scholars explain the ideology that says technology is the answer to every problem How trains linked rival port cities along the US East Coast into a cultural and economic megalopolis From shrimp Jesus to fake self-portraits, AI-generated images have become the latest form of social media spam The Mattei Plan: why Giorgia Meloni is looking to Africa Impact investing in Paris suburban ‘banlieue’ neighbourhoods: untapped social and economic potential Rwanda’s post-genocide model prioritises security over freedom and equality – a risk to future stability R21 anti-malaria vaccine is a game changer: scientist who helped design it reflects on 30 years of research, and what it promises The 50th anniversary of Portugal’s Carnation Revolution – the peaceful uprising that toppled a dictatorship and ended a decade of colonial war When the Supreme Court said it’s important to move quickly in key presidential cases like Trump’s immunity claim Family farms are fast disappearing: our research shows how young generations can take them up successfully Japan’s Transgender Law Revisions Should Be Grounded in Autonomy Indian Authorities Stop Australian Journalist from Covering Elections Religion and COVID-19: methodists and Church of England followers more likely to have been vaccinated than Muslims and Pentecostals Military conscription is returning to Europe, but is it really a more equal way of mobilising? What history tells us Kourtney Kardashian Barker isn’t the first to drink breast milk – but we know surprisingly little about its adult health benefits How breakdancing became the latest Olympic sport Michaela School prayer ban: allowing for religious diversity in education is a tradition in England A Labour landslide could make this the most disproportionate election since universal suffrage – time for electoral reform? Senate approves nearly $61B of Ukraine foreign aid − here’s why it helps the US to keep funding Ukraine EU Parliament Approves Supply Chain Law ‘Lobster gate’ in Turkey sparks conversation about economic inequality Chinese swimming scandal: a strong defence by world anti-doping body, but narrative of ‘cover-up’ remains Poetry, parties and ‘strong Australian tea’. The surprising story of how Anzac Day has been marked in the US for over 100 years ‘It bucked our lads up wonderfully’: the lightning-quick WWI battle that marked the birth of the US-Australia military alliance Sugar gums have a reputation as risky branch-droppers but they’re important to bees, parrots and possums Most bees don’t die after stinging – and other surprising bee facts How Anzac deaths changed the way we mourn to this day First Nations Anzacs sacrificed life and limb for Country. Why aren’t their stories shown onscreen? Our housing system is broken and the poorest Australians are being hardest hit Inflation is slowly falling, while student debt is climbing: 6 graphs that explain today’s CPI Sugar in baby food: why Nestlé needs to be held to account in Africa Our tall, wet forests were not open and park-like when colonists arrived – and we shouldn’t be burning them Politics with Michelle Grattan: Economist Chris Richardson on an ‘ugly’ inflation result and the coming budget Presidential elections in Venezuela: Less free than ever Nova Weetman lost her partner to cancer at the worst possible time. Her memoir blends hard-won wisdom with pure nostalgic joy The stories of Australia’s Muslim Anzacs have long been forgotten. It’s time we honour them Climate change and human rights: how a landmark legal victory in Europe could affect NZ What kind of diner are you? 6 types of diners who avoid plant-based meat dishes Counter-narratives from the colonial archive: Tony Birch on the writing of Kim Scott Sexual assault victims give evidence in court, but alleged perpetrators don’t have to. Bruce Lehrmann’s defamation case shows why that needs to change The story of the first Alor people adapting to climate change 43,000 years ago What’s the difference between ADD and ADHD? The historic repatriation of a giant lizard in a jar from Scotland to Jamaica is more than a symbolic gesture Tech companies must help the fight aganst extremists using encryption: ASIO boss Reflections from the Secretary General on the state of human rights in 2023/24 Amnesty International sounds alarm on a watershed moment for international law amid flagrant rule-breaking by governments and corporate actors UK’s newly passed ‘Safety in Rwanda’ bill is anything but safe: UN officials Sticking your neck out for the PWHL: A call to mandate neck guards in women’s hockey International student resentment brews but allowing fewer students into Canada isn’t the answer From Gallipoli to Gaza: remembering the Anzacs not as a ‘coming of age’ tale but as a lesson for the future The high and mighty Himalayas: A biodiversity hotbed facing significant challenges Why the term ‘DEI’ is being weaponized as a racist dog whistle How studying trends in human lifespans can measure progress in addressing inequality Is it possible to ‘objectively’ judge music? We asked 5 experts Can a drug like Ozempic help treat addictions to alcohol, opioids or other substances? Half our colleagues suffer pain and discomfort from periods. But they’re still a taboo subject at work Nova Weetman’s memoir of losing her partner to cancer during COVID lockdown blends hard-won wisdom with pure nostalgic joy Supreme Court appears open to Starbucks’ claims in labor-organizing case History for sale: what does South Africa’s struggle heritage mean after 30 years of democracy? Good for your health and the environment: why we should be eating oily fish Baby Reindeer: how the Netflix TV show brings a fresh perspective to male sexual victimisation Parliament passes bill declaring Rwanda safe – but can it really be called a law at all? TikTok and Instagram are full of misleading information about birth control — and wellness influencers are helping drive these narratives Turkey’s suppression of the Kurdish political movement continues to fuel a deadly armed conflict The obstacles that could still stop flights to Rwanda from taking off Gaza war: artificial intelligence is changing the speed of targeting and scale of civilian harm in unprecedented ways Does ejaculating often reduce your risk of prostate cancer? A Nasa rover has reached a promising place to search for fossilised life on Mars Why is the London Stock Exchange losing out to the US – and can it stem the flow? Scotland’s hate crime law: the problem with using public order laws to govern online speech Why Germany ditched nuclear before coal – and why it won’t go back UK’s Harmful Rwanda Bill to Become Law Beyond the spin, beyond the handouts, here’s how to get a handle on what’s really happening on budget night Abigail: child vampire horror falls prey to antiquated gender stereotypes ‘I might as well stop and diversify into holiday lets’ – new research reveals the reality of farming after Brexit From the coast to the deep sea, changing oxygen levels affect marine life in different ways Labour can afford to be far more ambitious with its economic policies – voters are on board Flat faces and difficulty breathing: how pet trends have harmed animal health – and what we can we do about it Sudan: civil war stretches into a second year with no end in sight UK smoking ban would have many benefits for public health – but only if it’s effectively implemented Teacher lawsuits over forced grade inflation won’t fix unfair grading – here’s what could What you eat could alter your unborn children and grandchildren’s genes and health outcomes Can states prevent doctors from giving emergency abortions, even if federal law requires them to do so? The Supreme Court will decide Should family members be in charge of family businesses? We analyzed 175 studies to understand when having a family CEO pays off Chad’s election outcome already seems set: 4 things Mahamat Déby has done to stay in power Johannesburg in a time of darkness: Ivan Vladislavić’s new memoir reminds us of the city’s fragility Africa’s megacities threatened by heat, floods and disease – urgent action is needed to start greening and adapt to climate change West Antarctica’s ice sheet was smaller thousands of years ago – here’s why this matters today The UK Again Attempts to Bend Truth on Rwanda Can New African Union Genocide Envoy Curb Atrocities in Africa? Elon Musk vs Australia: global content take-down orders can harm the internet if adopted widely The NSW treasurer says a slashed share of GST will cost his state $11.9 billion. But where did he get this figure? Kazakhstan: New Law to Protect Women Improved, but Incomplete Mali: Political parties call for presidential elections to end military transition What doesn’t kill you makes for a great story – two new memoirs examine the risky side of life Elon Musk says ‘disc replacement’ worked for him. But evidence this surgery helps chronic pain is lacking Angola: Proposed Security Law Threatens Rights Australia: Withdraw Punitive Migration Bill Many Australians face losing their homes right now. Here’s how the government should help Vastly bigger than the Black Summer: 84 million hectares of northern Australia burned in 2023 We’re only using a fraction of health workers’ skills. This needs to change Curious Kids: who makes the words? Who decides what things like ‘trees’ and ‘shoes’ are called? Ecosystems are deeply interconnected – environmental research, policy and management should be too Robert Adamson’s final book is a search for recognition and a poetic tribute to his love of nature Would you be happy as a long-term single? The answer may depend on your attachment style What if the Reserve Bank itself has been feeding inflation? An economist explains Gone in a puff of smoke: 52,000 sq km of ‘long unburnt’ Australian habitat has vanished in 40 years Choice and control: people with disability feel safer when they can select their NDIS providers What if flat feet were…normal? Debunking a myth about injuries Passover: The festival of freedom and the ambivalence of exile Opening statements are the most important part of a trial – as lawyers in Trump’s hush money case know well Airlines urged not to facilitate UK-Rwanda asylum transfers How corporate involvement in psychedelic research could threaten public safety In Nepal, families that farm together stay together Are race-conscious scholarships on their way out? Ukraine war: US$60 billion in US military aid a major morale boost but no certain path to victory The murder of Giacomo Matteotti – reinvestigating Italy’s most infamous cold case Beyoncé and Dolly Parton’s versions of Jolene represent two sides of southern femininity The language of insolvency: why getting it wrong can harm struggling firms A global plastics treaty is being negotiated in Ottawa this week – here’s the latest Migraine sufferers in England may soon be able to access preventative drug – here’s how atogepant works Nasa to overhaul mission returning samples from Mars – here’s why it must and will go ahead Saskatchewan recognized ASL and Indigenous sign languages as official languages — and resources are needed for services The use of AI in war games could change military strategy Young people in Britain aren’t bad at learning languages – but the school system doesn’t make it easy for them On Earth Day, a Homage to a Beloved Forest Defender Jelena Milušić and Merima Ključo: Balkan soul expressed through music Unpacking pro-Palestinian activism in Taiwan: Interview with Aurora Chang Parrot fever cases amid a ‘mysterious’ pneumonia outbreak in Argentina – what you need to know about psittacosis Climate change is depleting deep sea oxygen, but tides are helping to keep the ocean healthy Ignoring Welsh farmers’ protests is a dangerous move for politicians Georgia is sliding towards autocracy after government moves to force through bill on ‘foreign agents’ Dungeons and Dragons at 50: how the role-playing game may soon be used as a form of therapy Vulture Capitalism: Grace Blakeley’s new book is smart on what has gone wrong since the 1980s Why don’t female crickets chirp? The Anglican Communion has deep differences over homosexuality – but a process of dialogue, known as ‘via media,’ has helped hold contradictory beliefs together Death of Marine commander scarred by 1983 Beirut bombing serves as reminder of risks US troops stationed in Middle East still face EU migration overhaul stresses fast-track deportations and limited appeal rights for asylum seekers Are race-based scholarships on their way out? Chemical pollutants can change your skin bacteria and increase your eczema risk − new research explores how Transporting hazardous materials across the country isn’t easy − that’s why there’s a host of regulations in place What cities can learn from Seattle’s racial and social justice law What I teach Harvard Law School students about opening arguments Cannabis legalization has led to a boom in potent forms of the drug that present new hazards for adolescents Taylor Swift’s The Tortured Poets Department and the art of melodrama MeerKAT: the South African radio telescope that’s transformed our understanding of the cosmos Two new malaria vaccines are being rolled out across Africa: how they work and what they promise Academics with disabilities: South African universities need an overhaul to make them genuinely inclusive Planting trees in grasslands won’t save the planet – rather protect and restore forests Ukraine war: $60 billion in US military aid a major morale boost but no certain path to victory State-backed deadly rampage by Israeli settlers underscores urgent need to dismantle apartheid Explaining the politics behind Chinese language translation: The year of “Loong” A chance for Africa to counter the pitfalls of international criminal justice? New play The Exact Dimensions of Hell explores the chaos and contradiction of teenage girlhood – and witchcraft More than coral: the unseen casualties of record-breaking heat on the Great Barrier Reef Sex differences don’t disappear as a country’s equality develops – sometimes they become stronger Elon Musk is mad he’s been ordered to remove Sydney church stabbing videos from X. He’d be more furious if he saw our other laws Vietnam: UN Review Should Call for Urgent Reform The UK plans to phase out smoking. What does this new law mean for tobacco control in Australia? Iran: Security Forces Rape, Torture, Detainees Will the Israel-Gaza war affect Joe Biden’s chances of re-election? History might provide a guide Archie Moore’s Venice triumph: the sublime kith and kin is simultaneously somber and stirring Family law has been overhauled. With the new changes about to kick in, how will they affect children? Two people want to share the job of MP for Higgins. Is it constitutional? Opioids more potent than fentanyl have been detected in Australia. So what are nitazenes? We mapped a massive explosion in space, showing how galaxies ‘pollute’ the cosmos Labor maintains narrow Newspoll lead but drops in other polls Supermarket facial recognition failure: why automated systems must put the human factor first Unstable employment while you’re young can set you up for a wage gap later in life – even if you eventually land full-time work How will US foreign policy affect Joe Biden’s chances of re-election in November? Qatar, Nepal, Bangladesh: Emir’s Visits Should Prioritize Migrant Worker Protections In demand but disempowered: why low-skilled migrant workers face even worse exploitation under NZ’s new rules Earth Day 2024: 4 effective strategies to reduce household food waste Language matters in preventing suicide Middle East student dialogue: As an expert in deep conflict, what I’ve learned about making conversation possible New Brunswick’s notwithstanding clause use could spur Supreme Court action Do whales sneeze? The Conversation’s Curious Kids podcast Esther Mahlangu: how the famous South African artist keeps her Ndebele culture alive Blue whales: first discovery near Seychelles in decades – what our study found South Africa’s security forces once brutally entrenched apartheid. It’s been a rocky road to reform Lagos’ slum dwellers are excluded from decisions that affect them. 3 ways to change that View from The Hill: Albanese to walk Kokoda Track and engage in some jungle diplomacy UAW wins big at Volkswagen in Tennessee – its first victory at a foreign-owned factory in the American South UAW wins big at Volkswagen in Tennessee – becoming the first foreign-owned factory in the American South to unionize Why the pathology bulk-billing campaign is more about driving industry profits than saving you money Restoring coastal habitat boosts wildlife numbers by 61% – but puzzling failures mean we can still do better TikTok fears point to larger problem: Poor media literacy in the social media age Donald Trump trial: why it took so long to select a jury and how the process is different to the UK Bitcoin is halving again – what does that mean for the cryptocurrency and the market? Liz Truss: an economist explains what she got wrong (and what she’s actually right about) Domestic politics will be a key factor in how far things escalate between Israel and Iran Peter Higgs’ famous particle discovery is now at the heart of strategies to unlock the secrets of the universe Why you shouldn’t be afraid to start running after middle age The world’s oldest conjoined twins have died – what we know about this rare condition Stonehenge may have aligned with the Moon as well as the Sun Rhapsody in Blue: celebrating 100 years of Gershwin’s groundbreaking classical-jazz masterpiece Hateful graffiti blights communities and it’s something we need to tackle urgently Why many policies to lower migration actually increase it Don’t blame Dubai’s freak rain on cloud seeding – the storm was far too big to be human-made The Beautiful Game: a film about the Homelessness World Cup that’s a testament to how football can change lives Israel hits back at Iran: How domestic politics is determining Israeli actions Myanmar: Rohingyas in firing line as Rakhine conflict intensifies Sevdah: The perfect marriage of preservation and innovation Five things our research uncovered when we recreated 16th century beer (and barrels) The UK is poorer without Erasmus – it’s time to rejoin the European exchange programme China’s new world order: looking for clues from Xi’s recent meetings with foreign leaders Three reasons to support environmental defenders Taylor’s clues and Ripley’s secrets – what you should see and listen to this week Wild turkey numbers are falling in some parts of the US – the main reason may be habitat loss Getting a good night’s rest is vital for neurodiverse children – pediatric sleep experts explain why Caring for older Americans’ teeth and gums is essential, but Medicare generally doesn’t cover that cost South Korean President Yoon faces foreign policy challenges after the National Assembly election How Trump is using courtroom machinations to his political advantage Are tomorrow’s engineers ready to face AI’s ethical challenges? 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Some families push back against journalists who mine social media for photos – they have every right to I wholeheartedly recommend The President: a brilliant revival of a play of decay, terror and revulsion Many prisoners go years without touching a smartphone. It means they struggle to navigate life on the outside Good news: midlife health is about more than a waist measurement. Here’s why Are 2 mid-career AFL retirements a sign Australian athletes are taking brain health more seriously? Thirty years ago today, West Indies cricketer Brian Lara made history It is industry, not government, that is getting in the way of a ‘just transition’ for oil and gas workers Earth Day: ‘Green muscle memory’ and climate education promote behaviour change Type 2 diabetes is not one-size-fits-all: Subtypes affect complications and treatment options A majestic palm that flowers once in its life is in bloom in Trinidad ‘I dreamed I was executed by a firing squad in Iran’ Getting to know L’Office du Jèrriais: A Q&A with the team promoting the Jèrriais language After Just for Laughs’ bankruptcy, we should ask Canadian comedians what they need to succeed Many suicides are related to gambling. How can we tackle this problem? Why don’t Australians talk about their salaries? Pay transparency and fairness go hand-in-hand Online schooling is not just for lockdowns. Could it work for your child? The Trial of Vladimir Putin: Geoffrey Robertson rehearses the scenarios Things that go buzz in the night – our global study found there really are more insects out after dark ‘We have thousands of Modis’: the secret behind the BJP’s enduring success in India Why the government’s haste in changing the health system could come back to haunt it How England’s scrapped Sure Start centres boosted the health and education of disadvantaged children Landmark Court Ruling Upholds Right to Healthy Environment Civilians at Risk as Large-Scale Fighting Looms in Darfur The chilling effects of trying to report on the Israel-Gaza war Beauty giant Sephora has returned to the UK after nearly 20 years – by betting on AI and gen Z Scotland is ditching its flagship 2030 climate goal – why legally binding targets really matter Snorkelling artists showcase Scotland’s diverse marine life in thought-provoking exhibition Russia and the Taliban: here’s why Putin wants to get closer to Afghanistan’s current rulers Illmatic at 30: how Nas invented epistolary rap – and changed the hyper-masculine world of hip hop forever Friend breakups: why they can sometimes feel as bad as falling out of love Sky-high waiting times don’t make people trust the NHS any less – why that’s potentially bad news for Rishi Sunak How India’s economy has fared under ten years of Narendra Modi High and dry: Federal budget 2024 misses the mark on water-related investments Why universities shouldn’t mark down international students for using non-standard English The legal rule that means even Hugh Grant can’t afford to take his case to trial Low pay and few contracts make freelance journalism a bleak prospect in 2024 Gaza update: the questionable precision and ethics of Israel’s AI warfare machine UN Plastics Treaty Should Mandate Protection of Human Rights and Health Armenia Strengthens Domestic Violence Law Inside Germany's Orwellian crackdown on Palestine Congress Newly uncovered Helen of Troy fresco shows Pompeii’s elite were eager for ancient Greek stories about women London Marathon: how visually impaired people run Crucial building blocks of life on Earth can more easily form in outer space – new research Hard work and happy accidents: why do so many of us prefer ‘difficult’ analogue technology? How a teenager helped identify a new species of giant marine reptile Cities with Black women police chiefs had less street violence during 2020’s Black Lives Matter protests 5 years after the Mueller report into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election on behalf of Trump: 4 essential reads AI chatbots refuse to produce ‘controversial’ output − why that’s a free speech problem 3 things to learn about patience − and impatience − from al-Ghazali, a medieval Islamic scholar Why luck plays such a big role in hockey Billions of cicadas are about to emerge from underground in a rare double-brood convergence The tragedy of sudden unexpected infant deaths – and how bedsharing, maternal smoking and stomach sleeping all contribute Graduation rates for low-income students lag while their student loan debt soars Columbia president holds her own under congressional grilling over campus antisemitism that felled the leaders of Harvard and Penn Climate change makes life harder: in South Africa it’s likely to bring heatwaves, water stress and gender-based violence An Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear weapons programme is unlikely – here’s why South Africa’s electricity crisis: a series of failures over 30 years have left a dim legacy How to get vaccines to remote areas? In Sierra Leone they’re delivered by foot, boat or motorbike Understanding AI outputs: study shows pro-western cultural bias in the way AI decisions are explained German Chancellor’s Trip to China a Wasted Opportunity South Africans tasted the fruits of freedom and then corruption snatched them away – podcast Grattan on Friday: Ethnic tensions will complicate the Albanese government’s multicultural policy reform Explosive Weapons’ Dire Impact on Cultural Heritage Choice and control: will NDIS reforms mean people with disability don’t get to decide who they live with? Could Albanese’s bet on homegrown green industries be the boost our regions deserve? 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Australia’s new defence strategy is big on ideas, but lacks one key ingredient: well-trained soldiers Transform landmark Indigenous rights declaration into reality: UN General Assembly President Poui season in Trinidad & Tobago is a timely reminder of beauty and hope Why the kookaburra’s iconic laugh is at risk of being silenced First evidence of ancient human occupation found in giant lava tube cave in Saudi Arabia What are ‘Ozempic babies’? Can the drug really increase your chance of pregnancy? No, getting your boyfriend to peel an orange won’t prove his loyalty. Why TikTok relationship ‘tests’ are useless ‘Listening is the most important part’: 10 things students with disability and their families want teachers to know The government is basing its school truancy response on data – but by-the-numbers solutions aren’t enough More weird books, please! 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Mexico’s slow slide towards vigilante violence Sometimes I Think About Dying: finally, a film about women’s mental health without the cliches Angela Rayner: which election law has she been accused of breaking and is her promise to resign a mistake? Gym hygiene guide: the dangerous bacteria that lurk in dirty fitness equipment and clothes Why experts fear the EU’s new migration laws could lead to more deaths at sea Why being humble can make you a better leader A new wave of wearable devices will collect a mountain on information on us – we need to get wise about the privacy implications Green cement production is scaling up – and it could cut the carbon footprint of construction Canadian federal budget 2024: Does it deliver on ‘generational fairness’ promise for Gen Z and Millennials? Worried about housing shortages and soaring prices? Your community’s zoning laws could be part of the problem Other states, like Arizona, could resurrect laws on abortion, LGBTQ+ issues and more that have been lying dormant for more than 100 years ‘The former guy’ versus ‘Sleepy Joe’ – why Biden and Trump are loathe to utter each other’s name Native American voices are finally factoring into energy projects – a hydropower ruling is a victory for environmental justice on tribal lands Reagan’s great America shining on a hill twisted into Trump’s dark vision of Christian nationalism Know thyself − all too well: Why Taylor Swift’s songs are philosophy Saturn’s ocean moon Enceladus is able to support life − my research team is working out how to detect extraterrestrial cells there Fermented foods sustain both microbiomes and cultural heritage Ireland at the crossroads: Can the ancient Brehon laws guide the republic away from anti-immigrant sentiment? Removing PFAS from public water will cost billions and take time – here are ways to filter out some harmful ‘forever chemicals’ at home Ukraine is losing the war and the west faces a stark choice: help now or face a resurgent and aggressive Russia Why doesn’t my digital music feel like ‘mine’? Three ways digital possessions reduce our sense of ownership Migratory birds are on the move and nature-friendly farms can help them on their way UK’s creative industries bring in more revenue than cars, oil and gas – so why is arts education facing cuts? The rising flood of space junk is a risk to us on Earth – and governments are on the hook Video games at work? It sounds fun, but there are ethical risks Private COVID jabs lead to concerns about creeping privatisation in the NHS EU enlargement: What does the future hold? Africa is full of bats, but their fossils are scarce – why these rare records matter Nearly 136 million people in Africa live with hearing difficulties: tackling the crisis with a smartphone and an app How to end hunger in sub-Saharan Africa: fight inequality, gender imbalances and climate change Social media for sex education: South African teens explain how it would help them Georgia: Police must be held accountable for use of excessive force against protesters On-demand fashion gives much-needed clues on how to green notoriously wasteful industry Syria: Mass death, torture and other violations against people detained in aftermath of Islamic State defeat – new report The beginnings of modern science shaped how philosophers saw alien life – and how we understand it today Global coral bleaching caused by global warming demands a global response AI is making smart devices – watches, speakers, doorbells – easier to hack. Here’s how to stay safe Australia’s long-sought stronger environmental laws just got indefinitely deferred. It’s back to business as usual Politics with Michelle Grattan: Independent MP Dai Le on the church attack in her electorate West Bank: Israel Responsible for Rising Settler Violence You could help minimise harm in a public attack. Here’s what it means to be a ‘zero responder’ Could not getting enough sleep increase your risk of type 2 diabetes? Families including someone with mental illness can experience deep despair. They need support Woolworths chief Brad Banducci couldn’t give senators his company’s ‘return on equity’. What exactly is this figure, and what can it tell us about a company’s profit? Why Australia’s Olympic funding changes might widen the gap between rich and poor sports Indigenous businesses are worth billions but we don’t know enough about them The High Court is hearing another high-stakes immigration case. 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Light pollution affects coastal ecosystems too – this underwater ‘canary’ is warning of the impacts Monumental folly and needless greed: how nature is suffering the consequences of climate change How ideology is darkening the future of renewables in Alberta Websites deceive users by deliberately hiding the extent of data collection and sharing Generative AI model shows fake news has a greater influence on elections when released at a steady pace without interruption Venezuela: Persecution builds relentlessly for civil society and dissidents Guatemala: Amnesty International demands public hearing for Claudia González Why I must write about Amarah Lalitte, a little girl brutally murdered in Trinidad AfrikElles: Togolese media outlet putting African women at the center of its editorial line A decade after the kidnapping of the Chibok girls in Nigeria, what has the #BringBackOurGirls movement achieved? 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