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Is your phone really listening to your conversations? Well, turns out it doesn’t have to

is your phone really listening to your conversations? well, turns out it doesn’t have to
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 Image: Shuttlestock Have you ever chatted with a friend about buying a certain item and been targeted with an ad for that same item the next day? If so, you may have wondered whether your smartphone was “listening” to you. But is it really? Well, it’s...

Bring out the popcorn: the best films set to roar into cinemas in the second half of 2021

bring out the popcorn: the best films set to roar into cinemas in the second half of 2021
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 Picture: Roadshow Films For cinephiles, one of the greatest blows of the initial COVID lockdown was the closure of cinemas. While we all quickly shifted to the smaller screen in our lounge rooms it just didn’t feel the same. There is something magical about sitting...

Concerned about the latest AstraZeneca news? These 3 graphics help you make sense of the risk

concerned about the latest astrazeneca news? these 3 graphics help you make sense of the risk
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 Dan Peled/AAP Image The recent announcement the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine would now only be recommended for the over 60s has highlighted the many ways we think about risk. The decision reflects a greater understanding of the real, but extremely low, risk of the clotting disorder called thrombosis...

Resettling refugees in other countries is not working, nor is it fair. So, why is Australia doing it?

resettling refugees in other countries is not working, nor is it fair. so, why is australia doing it?
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 Picture: Erik Anderson/AAP The federal government has scrambled in recent days to minimise the political fallout from its treatment of the Tamil family from Biloela. After almost two years stuck on Christmas Island, the Murugappans are now being permitted to return to the mainland under...

Which COVID vaccine is best? Here’s why that’s really hard to answer

which covid vaccine is best? here’s why that’s really hard to answer
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 Picture: Shuttlestock With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines accelerating, people are increasingly asking which vaccine is best? Even if we tried to answer this question, defining which vaccine is “best” is not simple. Does that mean the vaccine better at protecting you from serious disease? The one...

Many of us want to take our dogs on public transport, but others shudder at the thought — what’s the solution?

many of us want to take our dogs on public transport, but others shudder at the thought — what’s the solution?
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 Image: Shuttlestock We’ve being looking at the ways people travel with dogs and what it says about attempts to shift towards a more sustainable and healthier transport system. Our research first established that trips with dogs in Australia are both common and car-dependent. This is because Australia...

Kapow! Zap! Splat! How comics make sound on the page

kapow! zap! splat! how comics make sound on the page
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 Picture: Unsplash/Joe Ciciarelli Typically, comics are considered a silent medium. But while they don’t come with an aural soundtrack, comics have a unique grammar for sound. From Wolverine’s SNIKT! when unsheathing his claws, to Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in The Death of Stalin (later made into a film) the...

View from The Hill: Biloela family to be released but Hawke has yet to reveal the terms

view from the hill: biloela family to be released but hawke has yet to reveal the terms
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 Picture: James Ross/AAP The Biloela Tamil family will finally be released from detention. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke will announce this sometime today, but we have yet to learn the terms of that release. There are several options. These include letting the Murugappan family live in the community...

Liberals’ Dan Andrews questions are a perfect case study in how to manufacture fake news

liberals’ dan andrews questions are a perfect case study in how to manufacture fake news
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 Premier Dan Andrews shortly after the fall that left him with broken ribs and a damaged spine. AAP/@DanielAndrewsMP A case study in the manufacture of fake news is playing out right now in Melbourne. Victoria’s shadow treasurer, Louise Staley, is putting about suggestive questions hinting darkly at a...

Something really beautiful — dipping into Ed Kuepper’s golden past

something really beautiful — dipping into ed kuepper’s golden past
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  Ed Kuepper, right, performing with The Aints! in 2018. Perry Duffin/AAP Ed Kuepper has been making groundbreaking music for nearly 50 years. As a member of The Saints, and after the release of their first single (I’m) Stranded in 1976, he was flung from Brisbane’s suburban...