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By Chris Greenough, Reader in Social Sciences, Edge Hill University
Those in Spain who have objected to Jesus being portrayed as ‘effeminate’, ‘camp’ or ‘sexualised’ seem to imply that there is something wrong or deviant about such portrayals.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Gemma Ware, Editor and Co-Host, The Conversation Weekly Podcast, The Conversation
Stephen Garnett takes us inside a scientific spat about how to govern the naming of new species. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Stefan Wolff, Professor of International Security, University of Birmingham
Tetyana Malyarenko, Professor of International Relations, Jean Monnet Professor of European Security, National University Odesa Law Academy
The latest revelations about corruption in Ukraine tell a complex story. A scandal has engulfed the Ukrainian ministry of defence, where 100,000 mortar shells worth about $40m (£31m) were paid for but never delivered. But within days of this story emerging, Ukraine achieved its best-ever ranking in the annual corruption perceptions index complied by Transparency International (TI).

The improved standing in the TI index demonstrates…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Zoe Marshman, Professor/Honorary Consultant of Dental Public Health, University of Sheffield
Kara Gray-Burrows, Lecturer in Behavioural Sciences & Complex Intervention Methodology, University of Leeds
Peter Day, Professor of Children's Oral Health and Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, University of Leeds
Nearly a quarter of five-year-old children in England have tooth decay. In deprived areas of the country the proportion is even higher. And it isn’t just one problematic tooth – children with decay have, on average, three or four affected teeth. It’s the most common reason why young children aged from five to ten years are admitted to hospital.

When…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Robin Kramer, Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, University of Lincoln
You might think attractive people get preferential treatment in life – and research suggests you’d be right. Some psychologists have shown this can even help people get a lighter prison sentence. More recently, however, our own study suggests that this “halo effect” is, in fact, more complicated.

The halo effect is a psychological term describing how an initial good impression of someone positively colours…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra
Anthony Albanese might not be Labor’s strongest policy innovator but as a tactician, he’s as shrewd as they come.

Hence his small target strategy in 2022, a contrast with Bill Shorten’s policy overreach in 2019. Ahead of the Dunkley byelection, Albanese’s rework of the Stage 3 tax cuts is calculated boldness.

Peter Dutton isn’t too bad at tactics either, and the two are presently in the cat-and-mouse phase of their battle over the changes. Dutton won’t yet declare the opposition’s stand on the government’s package, trying to keep attention on Albanese’s broken promise.…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image A message is typed on a smartphone, July 2022.  © 2022 Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/picture alliance via Getty Images  (Amman) – Two Human Rights Watch staff members based in Jordan have been repeatedly targeted with advanced surveillance spyware, Human Rights Watch said today. The targeting, which violates their right to privacy, began in October 2022 and succeeded briefly in infecting one of their mobile phones. The same spyware was also used to target the devices of at least 33 Jordanian and Jordan-based journalists, activists, and politicians between 2019 and September… (Full Story)
By Steve Macfarlane, Head of Clinical Services, Dementia Support Australia, & Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Monash University
Scientists have published the first evidence that Alzheimer’s can be transmitted from person to person. Patients received human growth hormone from the tissue of donated brains.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra
In our first podcast of 2024, Shadow Treasurer Angus Taylor discusses the tax broken promise, where the economy is heading, falling inflation, and more.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama (L) and Italy's Premier Giorgia Meloni shake hands after the signing of a memorandum of understanding on migrant detention centers during a meeting in Rome, Italy, November 6, 2023. © 2023 Roberto Monaldo/LaPresse via AP Photo Italy's detention deal with Albania breaches international law and is abusive in many aspects, including by potentially creating legal limbo for vulnerable people. Yet, the plan—to detain in Albania people interdicted or rescued by Italy in the Mediterranean Sea—looks set to go ahead. On January 29, the Albanian… (Full Story)
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