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Click to expand Image Australia was among a host of countries that imposed fresh sanctions on Myanmar on February 1, the third anniversary of the military coup. The government added five businesses to its list of 16 individuals sanctioned since 2021. Australia has targeted two banks that help fund Myanmar’s junta and its arms purchases, the Myanma Foreign Trade Bank and Myanma Investment and Commercial Bank. The sanctions also target three other entities, Asia Sun Group, Asia Sun Trading Co Ltd, and Cargo Link Petroleum Logistics Co Ltd, for their role in supplying jet fuel to the security… (Full Story)
By Michael Rose, Research Associate, University of Adelaide
On a remote stretch of border between Timor-Leste and Indonesia, a dispute over a remote hamlet is stirring memories of conflict many hoped was behind them.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Zannie Langford, Research Fellow, Griffith University
Instead of supporting Indonesia’s seaweed industry, an export ban could lower prices and reduce supply, without helping domestic processors to compete with foreign-owned companies.The Conversation (Full Story)
By David Larkin, Senior Lecturer in Musicology, University of Sydney
The sheer familiarity of The Magic Flute, Mozart’s most-performed opera, can blind one to its inherent oddness. It draws on a range of influences, from ancient Egyptian symbolism and freemasonry to European politics (the character of the Queen of the Night has been read as a covert allusion to former Austrian Empress Maria Theresa).

Librettist Emanuel Schikaneder has created something that is part allegory, part dream and part fairy tale. That this mish-mash elicited some of Mozart’s greatest…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Steven Tingay, John Curtin Distinguished Professor (Radio Astronomy), Curtin University
Mars has been a popular destination since space exploration began – and there are plenty of people who’d love to go there.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Brendan Coates, Program Director, Economic Policy, Grattan Institute
Joey Moloney, Deputy Program Director, Economic Policy, Grattan Institute
A large majority of Australian taxpayers will benefit from the revised tax package, despite the impact of bracket creep over the next decade. But long term, these tax cuts come at a high price.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Carolina Loch, Senior Lecturer in Oral Biology, University of Otago
Ian Towle, Postdoctoral researcher, Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH)
Matthew Robert Borths, Curator of the Duke Lemur Center Museum of Natural History, Duke University
New fossil studies tell us our ancient ancestors enjoyed a diet of soft, sweet fruits. This would have influenced where they lived and spread to – and even the evolution of colour vision.The Conversation (Full Story)
By John Hart, Emeritus Faculty, Australian National University
The US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week in former President Donald Trump’s appeal against the decision to exclude him from the ballot in the Colorado Republican primary for this year’s presidential election.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled in December that Trump was disqualified from holding the office of president under (Full Story)

By Catherine E. Wood, Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist, Swinburne University of Technology

Should my twins be in the same class at school?

As a clinical psychologist specialising in twins, this is one of the most frequent questions parents ask me.

Many schools continue to separate twins due to a deep-seated belief it is better for the development of separate identities. Both research evidence and clinical experience tells us it is not so simple.

How many twins are there?

The Conversation (Full Story)

By Nick Fuller, Charles Perkins Centre Research Program Leader, University of Sydney
Weight loss can seem like an impossible, unachievable task. But you don’t need to lose a lot of weight to start noticing the health benefits.The Conversation (Full Story)
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