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Chickens, ducks, seals and cows: a dangerous bird flu strain is knocking on Australia’s door How risky is turbulence on a plane? How worried should I be? Are some routes more prone to air turbulence? Will climate change make it worse? Your questions answered Labor takes a hit in Resolve polls in Queensland and Victoria Chickens, ducks, seals and cows: a dangerous bird flu strain is everywhere but Australia, for now Ecuador: Unchecked Abuses Since ‘Armed Conflict” Announcement Age verification for social media would impact all of us. We asked parents and kids if they actually want it Help us help your health ‘I’m looking for a man in finance’: how a sampled sound bite can turn a dance track into an earworm He won Indonesia’s election in a landslide. Now, backroom meetings and horse-trading will determine whether Prabowo can govern Telstra says slashing almost a tenth of its workforce will help save $350 million. Why is the business under pressure? Worried your address, birth date or health data is being sold? You should be – and the law isn’t protecting you Japan Aid Project Still Helping Myanmar’s Military ‘I’m on my way home from work when my baby turns into a dragon’. Ariane Beeston’s brave account of postpartum psychosis gives lie to the romance of motherhood A dangerous diagnosis: How ‘excited delirium’ shapes police perception Diddy is just the latest in a long line of musical abusers. How should fans respond? University encampments highlight critical issues about the right to protest Anti-Palestinian racism needs to be included in Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy Exercise, therapy and diet can all improve life during cancer treatment and boost survival. Here’s how We tracked secret Russian missile launchers in Ukraine using public satellite data Turning the outback into post-apocalyptic wasteland: what Mad Max films tell us about filming in the Australian desert ‘I’m on my way home from work when my baby turns into a dragon’. Ariane Beeston’s postpartum psychosis gave lie to the romance of motherhood Underage vaping is on the rise: here’s how young New Zealanders are finding it so easy to access Glass half empty? What climate change means for Canada’s wine industry Millions in the US at Risk of Losing Internet Access University encampments highlight critical issues on the right to protest Tibet: Mass Relocations of Tibetans Not Voluntary What is wind shear? An atmospheric scientist explains how it can tear down hurricanes Was Beethoven truly the greatest? United Auto Workers’ defeat at Mercedes’ Alabama plants underscores challenges for organized labor in Southern states TikTok law threatening a ban if the app isn’t sold raises First Amendment concerns Expansion of Asian American studies fueled by racial attacks and activism For many American Jews protesting for Palestinians, activism is a journey rooted in their Jewish values In some states that say they elect judges, governors choose them instead A century ago, anti-immigrant backlash almost closed America’s doors Drained but proud: how it felt to organise South Africa’s first democratic election in just 4 months UK-Rwanda migrant deal challenges international protection law Sweet sorghum is a hardy, nutritious, biofuel crop that offers solutions in drought-hit southern Africa Soviet media downplayed the significance of the D-Day invasion Rangers led the way in the D-Day landings 80 years ago ICC’s milestone bid for Netanyahu arrest warrant will have wide political impact even if he evades the court Alice Munro, master of the short story: superlative tales that exalt the drama of the everyday How inclusive language can help to reduce birth trauma As governments crack down on fast fashion’s harms, could Shein lose its shine? Chamber pots, shared loos and DIY plumbing: China’s toilet revolution exposes social inequalities Millions take antidepressants for chronic pain – but there’s little evidence the most commonly prescribed drugs work I sailed across oceans in search of microplastics – a new film charts my journey International development can tackle the climate and migration crises together New fossil brings us a step closer to unravelling the mystery of feather evolution Global: International tribunal sets groundbreaking precedent that will help protect oceans and people from climate harms Synced brains: why being constantly tuned in to your child’s every need isn’t always ideal Nightmares could be an early warning sign of an autoimmune disease flare-up – new study Bridgerton: in a show full of sex, many of the characters know little about it – the real ladies of the ton weren’t so ignorant Kenya is badly prepared for floods: four steps to reduce devastation and deaths Deaf and hard-of-hearing students need more support from their universities – South Africa study We’re helping farmers access future climate projections as easily as checking the weather Hepatitis C: thousands of people are undiagnosed – here’s what you need to know about the virus Met Gala: what fairytales can teach us about modern fashion trends Electric cars: swappable batteries could be the way to revive flagging sales Why Chile has a Palestinian football team – the bigger history How Sicilians are resetting their social norms to strengthen future generations against mafia influence Israel/OPT: ICC applications for arrest warrants for Netanyahu, Sinwar and other senior Israeli and Hamas officials crucial step towards justice Peter Dutton makes Labor’s case. Tax breaks for landlords should be restricted to those who build homes Will government investment make green hydrogen a reality in Australia? Mexico: Authorities use criminal justice system to investigate and carry out surveillance on three women human rights defenders Global: New technology and AI used at borders increases inequalities and undermines human rights of migrants ‘No one can act with impunity’: ICC arrest warrants in Israel-Hamas war are a major test for international justice The budget pledged $12.5 million for free menstrual products in Indigenous communities. Here’s why it’s needed At last, Australia has fuel efficiency standards – but they’re weaker than they could have been At last, Australia has fuel efficiency standards - but they’re weaker than they could have been Farewell Anchor, Fresh'n Fruity and Mainland: what’s behind Fonterra’s decision to sell its consumer brands? Australian teenagers are curious but have some of the most disruptive maths classes in the OECD ‘When I’m 80, I want to remember how f***ing hot I looked’: why Bridgerton’s steamy carriage scene breaks new ground Can Iran avoid a political crisis after its president’s death? We still don’t know the extent of the MediSecure breach, but watch out for these potential scams Déjà vu in New Caledonia: why decades of political failure will make this uprising hard to contain What the Iranian President’s Death Means for Human Rights People with dementia aren’t currently eligible for voluntary assisted dying. Should they be? Flu vaccines are no longer free for all under-12s in NZ – children living in poverty and at higher risk will bear the brunt ‘How a healthy community should be’: how music in youth detention can create new futures A pest of our own making: revealing the true origins of the not-so-German cockroach What is fate? And how can it both limit and liberate us? Sri Lanka: Amnesty International’s Secretary General concludes five-day visit Seychelles: floating baby corals can help save damaged reefs – new study Snakebites can destroy skin, muscle, and even bone – exciting progress on drugs to treat them Small businesses can help South Africa fight unemployment if they get proper support – study The Details: could a ‘quiet COVID book’ win the 2024 International Booker prize? LGBTQ+ teachers don’t receive the training and support they need Five ways to keep towns cool in a heatwave Britain’s railways were never properly privatised – here’s how they could return to greater public control Smoking fentanyl can cause irreversible brain damage, report shows How Neanderthal language differed from modern human – they probably didn’t use metaphors US election: why Latino and Hispanic voters are shifting to Trump after a long history of supporting the Democrats The ‘Dark Triad’ and Donald Trump: What sends some to the C-suite and others to prison Our bodies don’t just make gall and kidney stones – from saliva to tonsils, these are other ones to look out for Now You See Us: Women Artists in Britain 1520–1920 – stunning in scope but celebrating female artists with exhibitions isn’t enough Vegan dog food has been hailed as the healthiest – our study shows the reality is more complicated Hedges beat garden fences as wildlife havens and flood barriers – that’s why I’m taking them to the Chelsea Flower Show Today’s record prices don’t reflect the true cost of food – but there are alternatives to asking consumers to pay even more New book provides insights into Jewish life and community in Argentina and Canada With Olympics approaching, it’s time to recognize children as a protected class in sport Climate change is a human rights issue Canadian governments urgently need to collaborate to support refugee students Any online ‘kidfluencer’ content or images of children can be sexualised, as Four Corners report shows. So what can be done? Search without a warrant, crackdown on rough sleeping, explicit deepfakes – what’s in the criminal justice bill Alcohol use disorder can be treated with an array of medications – but few people have heard of them Is hard water bad for you? 2 water quality engineers explain the potential benefits and pitfalls that come with having hard water AI chatbots are intruding into online communities where people are trying to connect with other humans Young Hondurans’ desire to migrate is influenced by factors beyond poverty and violence How community colleges kept students engaged during and after the pandemic ‘Mary gardens’ bring Catholic piety to the garden Americans leave a huge chunk of change at airport security checkpoints − here’s what it means for the debate over getting rid of pennies Student anger over the Vietnam War erupted into violence in the ’60s − a terrorism expert explores if the same could happen today Crypto: what you need to know about the water parasite making people ill in Devon How the Gaza humanitarian aid pier traces its origins to discarded cigar boxes before World War II California is about to tax guns more like alcohol and tobacco − and that could put a dent in gun violence Julian Assange’s appeal to avoid extradition will go ahead. It could be legally groundbreaking What could President Raisi’s death mean for stability in Iran and beyond? Expert Q&A UK: ‘Positive news’ for defenders of press freedom as Assange granted permission to appeal Why autistic people must be at the heart of autism research Europe’s climate laws could spell the end to low-cost flights - but what about private jets? South Korea: Climate case before South Korea’s Constitutional Court could set human rights precedent Cairo fears a ‘boomerang effect’ of pro-Palestine protests MediSecure data breach: why is health data so lucrative for hackers? What’s the difference between fiscal and monetary policy? Has logging really stopped in Victoria? What the death of an endangered glider tells us Three activists on why they refuse to be silent in older age Our research shows what the rental market is really like for international students Is it time for Australia to reassess its position on France’s role in New Caledonia? Iraq: Repeal Anti-LGBT Law Iran crash: President Raisi’s death leaves Tehran mourning loss of regime loyalist Iran crash: President Raisi reported dead – what that might mean for the country and region The ‘dead internet theory’ makes eerie claims about an AI-run web. The truth is more sinister Iran crash: President Raisi’s fate raises concerns in Tehran over potential loss of loyalist Some sports leaders are trying to defy term limits – which can open the door to corruption South Korea: Extend Health Benefits to Same-Sex Partners Fast-track laws, parliamentary urgency, Treaty tension, media retreat: warning signs for NZ’s ‘brittle’ democracy Labor and Albanese gain in post-budget Newspoll, but other polls don’t look as rosy I can’t afford olive oil. What else can I use? Alice’s adventures in banking wonderland: how an ambitious finance start-up didn’t change the world Ancient DNA from an extinct native duck reveals how far birds flew to make New Zealand home Why has an Israel-Hamas ceasefire been so elusive? A timeline of key moments in the search for peace Australia is set to ban live sheep exports. What will this mean for the industry? Oral retinoids can harm unborn babies. But many women taking them for acne may not be using contraception Poor access to healthcare and water in Tchicanou and Bondi: “There are no doctors there…” Thai youth activist charged with royal defamation dies in custody The jury from Moldova gave highest points to Ukraine during Eurovision 2024 Rwanda’s role in eastern DRC conflict: why international law is failing to end the fighting Mapping malaria in Africa: climate change study predicts where mosquitoes will breed in future Why is my dog so cute? The Conversation’s Curious Kids podcast India’s LGBTQIA+ community notches legal wins but still faces societal hurdles to acceptance, equal rights Al Ahly and Esperance highlight the dominance of North Africa in club football. Lessons for other African teams Sri Lanka: Fifteen years after the end of war, victims still await justice at Mullivaikkal South African communities vs Shell: high court victories show that cultural beliefs and practices count in climate cases Why the New Yorker blocked UK website readers from its Lucy Letby story – an expert explains How a British military march became the distinctive sound of American graduations UN rights office urges Sri Lanka to reveal fate of the disappeared World Should Rally to Halt Unfolding Atrocities in Darfur It’s a mistake to dismiss Bridgerton as fluffy period drama How newborn chicks are helping to settle a centuries-old debate about cognition and our senses Extreme heatwaves in south and south-east Asia are a sign of things to come Slovakia’s polarised politics: Robert Fico warned a politician could be violently attacked weeks before assassination attempt Co-op Live: Manchester’s new concert venue was hit by delays, but a false start need not mean it’s blighted forever ‘They call us the fatherless ones’: the trauma of families devastated by the infected blood scandal will last for generations Infected blood scandal – what you need to know UK ‘taking back control’ of its borders risks rolling back human rights protections Enduring Legacy of Photojournalist Killed in Central African Republic The king’s first portrait – understanding the image Charles wants to project for his reign Cramming for an exam isn’t the best way to learn – but if you have to do it, here’s how The joy of birdwatching: research shows it can improve mental health and foster a sense of wellbeing Bridgerton is back and still frothy, but developing a more grown-up attitude – what you should see and read this week Why gymgoers should be wary of using testosterone supplements to boost their gains The UK has surged to become one of the biggest exporters in the world – but this isn’t all good news Kenya’s flood evictions may violate the law - scholar Britain’s abortion laws are still in the Victorian era, and women are the collateral damage College sports fandom shows how a shared goal can bring people together I served as a college president for nearly two decades – I know choosing the right commencement speaker can be fraught with risks Newsrooms are experimenting with generative AI, warts and all Bats in Colorado face fight against deadly fungus that causes white-nose syndrome Modi’s anti-Muslim rhetoric taps into Hindu replacement fears that trace back to colonial India History says tariffs rarely work, but Biden’s 100% tariffs on Chinese EVs could defy the trend What is pasteurization? A dairy expert explains how it protects against foodborne illness, including avian flu Some states’ populations are very much like the US overall – including 5 key states in the 2024 presidential election Georgians rally against controversial ‘foreign agents’ bill – it’s the latest chapter in the country’s long history of political protest Attempted assassination of Slovak prime minister follows country’s slide into political polarization Beijing is walking a fine line between support for Russia and not angering the west too much Why it’s a mistake to dismiss Bridgerton as fluffy period drama Greece: Respect Fair Trial Rights of Pylos Shipwreck Survivors Kanaky New Caledonia: French authorities must uphold rights of the Indigenous Kanak people amid unrest Greece: Trial of Pylos shipwreck survivors must not be a shield in the investigation of the alleged responsibilities of the Greek authorities’ Tea is a daily delight for Bangladeshis, yet plantation workers face immense hardships Türkiye: Discriminatory restrictions and violence against Pride protesters must not be repeated Jordan: Authorities must stop forcible deportation of two detained refugees to Syria Can you control your image? Gina Rinehart, King Charles and ‘moral portraits’ Rugby league in Perth and Papua New Guinea? Here’s what could be next for the NRL Threatened species have declined 2% a year since 2000. Nature positive? Far from it. Tunisia: Deepening Civil Society Crackdown Bridgerton is a progressive fantasy about the past. Do romance readers care about its historical accuracy? Want to be buried on your own land, at sea or in a forest? A guide to unconventional send-offs Homo Pentecostus: on queer intimacies, religion, ancestry and the human need for connection After 180 years, new clues are revealing just how general anaesthesia works in the brain Nuclear subs are coming to Australia. Now the Coalition wants reactors, too. We’re not ready for it Menopause can bring increased cholesterol levels and other heart risks. Here’s why and what to do about it Cameras reveal wombat burrows can be safe havens after fire and waterholes after rain ChatGPT is now better than ever at faking human emotion and behaviour There’s $110 million for Indigenous education in the budget. But where’s the evidence it will work? The budget has earmarked $8.6 million for live music. Is it enough to save the flailing industry? Delays in western aid have put Ukraine in a perilous position Why do American rappers see Drake as not Black enough? Cancer drug pollution is a growing global concern Out with the old: Blue- and white- collar job labels aren’t cutting it anymore Rights expert condemns death of Palestinian doctor in Israeli custody, urges independent inquiry Türkiye: Kurdish Politicians Convicted in Unjust Mass Trial FIFA: Publish Robust Rights Framework for 2026 World Cup Japan: Press Saudi Arabia on Human Rights How Black teachers lost when civil rights won in Brown v. Board At the heart of the budget is the sad truth the economy is weak. That’s one reason inflation will fall Clean energy slump – why Australia’s renewables revolution is behind schedule, and how to fix it Friday essay: ‘me against you’ – Jon Ronson investigates the perpetual outrage of the culture wars We mapped a lost branch of the Nile River – which may be the key to a longstanding mystery of the pyramids If I’m diagnosed with one cancer, am I likely to get another? Denser housing can be greener too – here’s how NZ can build better for biodiversity A silent Trump with eyes closed and a convicted liar on the stand − 2 experienced observers of Trump’s criminal trial discuss what stands out Gaza: what ceasefire negotiations tell us about how each side judges its progress in the war Robert Fico: why the attempted assassination of Slovakian prime minister could fuel the information war between Russia and Europe Let It Be: rerelease of 1970 Beatles film reveals how the history of popular music is written Proposed sex education guidance in England goes against evidence and may well lead to harm Gaza update: why neither ceasefire talks nor the Rafah offensive appear to be working Natalie Elphicke defection: Keir Starmer risks feeding the perception that politics is ‘all just a bit of a game’ Joe Biden has raised tariffs on Chinese imports – but this ploy to win votes may spark a trade war Why so many animals have a third eyelid, including our pets – yet humans don’t Floods in south Brazil have displaced 600,000 – here’s why this region is likely to see ever more extreme rain in future Are we really about to talk to whales? Unlocking the body’s defences: understanding immunotherapy Gordon Brown wants £3 billion for the ‘austerity generation’. But the UK needs a more enduring solution A different way to address student encampments Google blocks access to pro-democracy protest song in Hong Kong after court ruling College students in Austin, Texas, have dwelled in windowless rooms for years − here’s why the city finally decided to ban them Humans have been altering nature for thousands of years – to shape a sustainable future, it’s important to understand that deep history Plant-based meat alternatives are trying to exit the culture wars – an impossible task? Preying on white fears worked for Georgia’s Lester Maddox in the ’60s − and is working there for Donald Trump today You should call House members ‘representatives,’ because that’s what they are − not ‘congressmen’ or ‘congresswomen’ Biden’s labor report card: Historian gives ‘Union Joe’ a higher grade than any president since FDR ‘Don’t Say Gay’ rules and book bans might have felt familiar in medieval Europe − but queer themes in literature survived nonetheless Who is Robert Fico? Slovakia’s controversial prime minister in stable but serious condition after assassination attempt Grattan on Friday: Peter Dutton’s alternative – lower migration, more homes, and a populist swipe at billionaires Bridgerton season three – all the usual froth, but a more mature edge as Regency fears of spinsterhood explored Chad hepatitis E outbreak: how the dangerous liver disease spreads and how it can be treated TikTok in Kenya: the government wants to restrict it, but my study shows it can be useful and empowering Angola’s untold history: archive project explores LGBTIQ+ lives and struggles Rwanda: Human Rights Watch Researcher Barred Tunisia: Repressive crackdown on civil society organizations following months of escalating violence against migrants and refugees Turkey joins the ranks of countries considering a foreign agent law Peter Dutton pledges to drastically slash migration in bid to free up 100,000 homes over five years Assisted dying: Canada grapples with plans to extend euthanasia to people suffering solely from mental illness From silent dialogues to vivid memories – here’s how the science of inner experience could transform gaming It’s time to give Labor’s first term a scorecard – have we actually seen any transformative vision? Climate change is linked to worsening brain diseases – new study Head of Amnesty International to make first regional visit to South Asia PrEP was earmarked $26m in the budget. What is it? Will it stop me getting HIV? Cumberland Council’s book ban has been overturned, but what is really happening in Australian libraries? Thailand: State-backed digital violence used to silence women and LGBTI activists Popeyes battle shows how big businesses protect their trademarks – even when they have no plans to come to NZ Risk of ‘genetic discrimination’ by insurance companies is ruining people’s trust in vital medical science Why is New Caledonia on fire? According to local women, the deadly riots are about more than voting rights Alice Munro followed the back roads of stories, mapping routes home to southwestern Ontario Sports are supposed to be for all – but new research reveals just how few LGBTQI+ people play sport Investigating social media harm is a good idea, but parliament is about to see how complicated it is to fix Popeye’s battle shows how big businesses protect their trademarks – even when they have no plans to come to NZ Thailand: ‘Swap Mart’ Targets Foreign Dissidents, Refugees Floating robots reveal just how much airborne dust fertilises the Southern Ocean – a key climate ‘shock absorber’ Like being ‘slapped’ or ‘kicked’: judicial bullying is a problem in Australian courtrooms Stirring films made the Snowy scheme a nationbuilding project. Could the troubled Snowy 2.0 do the same? What Honda’s big electric vehicle announcement in Ontario really means Choice and control: what can the ACCC do to stop NDIS price gouging and reduce costs? What is allyship? A brief history, present and future Postcolonial prophet or advocate of ‘barbaric justice’? A new take on the life and times of influential revolutionary writer Frantz Fanon Cancer is increasingly survivable – but it shouldn’t depend on your ability to ‘wrangle’ the health system Why cheap renewables are stalling The brain might also have a microbiome – what you need to know How supermarkets are changing their branding to make you think they’re cheaper Latest inflation figures are good news – even if they give a lot of people heartburn Peru Chooses Bigotry in Medical Services No Justice for Crackdown in Tajikistan’s Autonomous Region Two Years On New commission sheds light on how diaspora communities are impacted by foreign interference Climate change is a new hurdle for children’s physical activity levels in Canada UN rights chief, independent experts denounce Georgia’s new ‘foreign agents’ law Belief in democracy is on the decline in Africa. Traditional institutions can help restore its importance Leopard DNA study in South Africa traces ancestry to ice age – and will guide conservation How to buy a good pair of sunglasses Fossil captures starfish splitting itself in two – showing this has been happening for 155 million years Britain is not as broken as everyone seems to think Seagrass meadows are rapidly expanding near inhabited islands in Maldives – here’s why Ukraine war: why the Russian army is still using morse code more than a century after its invention The Karate Kid at 40: why the film’s lasting appeal stems from a simplistic stereotyping of the ‘mysterious east’ French prison break: violent scenes are a symptom of authorities’ struggle with organised crime Swipe right or left? How dating apps are impacting modern masculinity Have smartphones killed the art of conversation? Sunscreen won’t stop you making vitamin D – here’s what you should know How ‘ethical influencers’ engage their audiences about saving the planet Israel’s assault on Rafah risks making victory against Hamas more elusive UK/USA: Long lasting damage to global media freedom as Julian Assange back in UK court ahead of possible extradition to USA How the manosphere found its way into the Black community Term limits aren’t the answer An obscure provision of Ohio law could keep Biden off the ballot there in November Black holes are mysterious, yet also deceptively simple − a new space mission may help physicists answer hairy questions about these astronomical objects Viruses are doing mysterious things everywhere – AI can help researchers understand what they’re up to in the oceans and in your gut Florence Nightingale overcame the limits set on proper Victorian women – and brought modern science and statistics to nursing Gurdwaras, mosques, temples and churches: how faith groups are reviving England’s old cinemas People with disabilities have sex too – so why do some doctors think otherwise? Shardlake review – a gripping Tudor mystery that explores what fuelled the dissolution of the monasteries It’s OK to mow in May − the best way to help pollinators is by adding native plants 5 thoughts for new college grads seeking to find the right balance between meaningful work and making money Why banks consider renewable energy to be a riskier investment than fossil fuels Gambia: Landmark Swiss Conviction of Ex-Official Guinea: Victims of unlawful use of force still waiting for healthcare and justice Politics with Michelle Grattan: Budget fight looms on Future Made in Australia tax breaks Four ways EU laws affect the daily lives of European citizens today Funding might change, but Job-ready Graduates stays for now. What does the budget fine print say about higher education? Difficult work arrangements force many women to stop breastfeeding early. Here’s how to prevent this The budget couldn’t include every ‘good idea’ but not boosting JobSeeker and the Youth Allowance were obvious misses How companies calculate their carbon footprints World leaders fail to act as Israeli invasion of Rafah worsens humanitarian catastrophe Two-thirds of us support banning pet cats from roaming. A ban would save millions of native animals – and billions of dollars Symphonie of the Bicycle: on the desire to be great, and the desire to live a life with great meaning Why is the government proposing caps on international students and how did we get here? The budget is full of good news, but good news isn’t the same as good management Mozambique: Child Soldiers Used in Raid on Northern Town For a ‘future made in Australia’, we need more innovation and diverse people in science and tech A Glimpse into El Salvador's ‘state of exception’ New Zealanders have had their say on climate adaptation: here’s where we agree and disagree Israel’s invasion of Rafah will not eliminate Hamas or end the war. So, what is Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan? ‘Westralia shall be free!’ How Western Australia’s secessionists stoked British fears the Empire was at risk Curious Kids: why is blood red? Cheaper medicines and a new approach for mental health care. Will the budget make us healthier? Space junk comes to life in Ceridwen Dovey’s aching and profound tales of fallen astronauts Mass forced displacement in Gaza highlights urgent need for Israel to uphold Palestinians’ right to return From Barbie to Thomas the Tank Engine: How entertainment brands are adapting to Generation Alpha Green industry yes, conservation no: a budget for people, not for nature A student’s visa has been cancelled for links to ‘weapons of mass destruction’. What’s going on with Australian research security? From Bridgerton to Grey’s Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes is the queen of romance. Here’s how she gets our hearts pounding I’m pregnant. Do I need a multivitamin? Students with dyslexia face challenges transitioning to the workplace, but with support they can thrive The 2023 Sir Paul Curran award for academic journalism goes to Barbara Sahakian Protecting wildlife begins with understanding how best to counter wildlife crimes Thai Youth Activist Dies in Custody Victims of Vietnam’s Formosa Toxic Spill Deserve Justice Summer 2023 was northern hemisphere’s hottest for 2,000 years, tree rings show Taylor Swift has got the 1830s all wrong Solar storms that caused pretty auroras can create havoc with technology — here’s how Asylum chaos triggers fresh tensions over how to manage Ireland’s post-Brexit border Europe is still in short-term crisis mode over Ukraine and lacks a vision for its post-war identity Why is whooping cough surging in the UK? Falling vaccination rates may be the answer Mortgage prisoners: regulatory changes and low credit scores have left thousands trapped in a cycle of high payments Drake-Kendrick Lamar feud: What does the law say about defamatory lyrics? Cardiac rehab is a proven but underused therapy in women, but tailored resources aim to change that Weather risk can move markets months in advance: Stock traders pay attention to these 2 long-range climate forecasts Electing human rights for the Dominican Republic Yemenis struggle with unauthorized reselling of phone numbers Money from trees: What of Guyana's Indigenous people and their rights — and do they benefit from the carbon trade? A Glimpse into El Salvador's ’state of exception‘ Why do the aurora look better through a camera? And how do you spot a fake image? Q&A with an astrophotographer Chinese nationalist groups are launching cyber-attacks – often against the wishes of the government Wildfire smoke is back – fires burning across Canada are already triggering US air quality alerts in the Midwest and Plains Meet Paris’ black dandies, the Sapeurs Ghana’s forests are being wiped out: what’s behind this and why attempts to stop it aren’t working Over 26 million South Africans get a social grant. Fear of losing the payment used to be a reason to vote for the ANC, but no longer – study Thailand: Tragic death of detained activist must be ‘wake-up call’ Georgia: Dark day as parliament bulldozes adoption of repressive “foreign influence” bill Wars cause widespread pollution and environmental damage − here’s how to address it in peace accords By not lip-syncing Amy Winehouse’s songs, actress Marisa Abela confronts impossible expectations in ‘Back to Black’ Rap ‘beef’ as public spectacle is a dangerous game that artists rarely win Vatican conference on ‘climate resilience’ is the latest in a long line of environment initiatives by Pope Francis and the Catholic Church – 5 essential reads Asian Jewish Americans have a double reason to celebrate their heritage in May Why do religious teens engage in less risky behavior? A psychologist explains Iron fuels immune cells – and it could make asthma worse ‘Noise’ in the machine: Human differences in judgment lead to problems for AI Haitians looking to escape violence and chaos face hostility in neighboring Dominican Republic Confusion over how pregnancy dates are measured is widespread – and makes for uninformed debate over abortion limits Gabon: post-coup dialogue has mapped out path to democracy – now military leaders must act Interest rates: the ugly dilemma facing Europe’s central banks – and why it’s a mistake to cut too soon Expressionists: Kandinsky, Münter and the Blue Rider review – a great selection of paintings let down by modern interpretations Exams: seven tips for coping with revision stress Navel gazing: checking your belly button can tell you a lot about your health Low testosterone in men associated with an early death – new study How German media attention idealises female Ukrainian refugees “I come from the world of technology where there are very few women” Did the president of North Macedonia violate an international agreement? David McBride goes to prison – and Australian democracy takes a hit Chalmers is bitten by the giveaway bug in a budget that contains good news for almost everyone Relief on energy bills for all in a federal budget that bets on lower inflation Budget 2024: Chalmers fights inflation, will it be enough for a rate cut? View from The Hill: What the Reserve Bank thinks of Chalmers’ budget will be nearly as important as the voters’ opinion Lesbian Women Set on Fire in Argentina Morocco: Criminalization of abortion has devastating impact on the rights of women and girls Longer appointments are just the start of tackling the gender pain gap. Here are 4 more things we can do Dealing with ‘unknowns’ flying in high-conflict Haiti Gaza: Israelis Attacking Known Aid Worker Locations Why people self-injure: ‘You have no other voice – and no one would listen anyway’ ‘Who brings a laptop with her to the hospital to give birth?’ – Leslie Jamison interrogates motherhood, ambition and divorce Influence, authority and power: how elite women played a crucial role in the Italian Wars of the 16th century An NRL player died at training due to exertional heat stroke. What is it and what should coaches and athletes know? Why are auroras so hard to predict? And when can we expect more? Some say the Treaty of Waitangi divides NZ – a new survey suggests the opposite is true Guilty Verdict in High-Profile Kazakhstan Domestic Violence and Murder Case Nigeria: Shell must be held fully accountable for human rights harms before being allowed to sell its Niger Delta business Want to be an influencer? Our research shows what you need to know first Caitlin Cronenberg’s ‘Humane’: Dystopian satire questions ecological disaster and compassion Long Island, Colm Tóibín’s sequel to Brooklyn, is a tale of love misdirected, misunderstood and misjudged Many new mums struggle, but NZ’s postnatal services often fail to address maternal mental health – new study Is it wrong to have a romantic type based on race? Yes – it’s a form of racism we rarely speak about 1968 was an inflection point for the US. Is another one coming in 2024? Our research shows children produce better pieces of writing by hand. But they need keyboard skills too AI can make up songs now, but who owns the copyright? The answer is complicated Scrapping the waste export levy threatens Australia’s emerging lithium battery recycling industry 154 million lives saved in 50 years: 5 charts on the global success of vaccines World News in Brief: Children in eastern DR Congo, Iran death sentence, support for Haiti Honduras: The state must guarantee truth, justice and reparation for the family of Berta Cáceres How big food companies can do more to create healthier food environments A promising new study could lead to a reduction in symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Pelvic health problems are a common experience for women – our research shows why many don’t get the help they need How do we reduce pesticide use while empowering farmers? A more nuanced approach could help Most crime has fallen by 90% in 30 years – so why does the public think it’s increased? The language of self-injury: what I’ve learned from interviewing hundreds of people who harm themselves Want to be an influencer? 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