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Surprise! Digital space isn’t replacing public space, and might even help make it better

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Telstra and the City of Joondalup have joined forces in a trial of ‘smart park’ applications at Tom Simpson Park.  Author provided You’re on the train on your daily commute, head bowed, peering at your phone. A cavalcade of news stories, friends’ holiday snaps and...

Between innocence and experience: the sexualisation of girlhood in 19th century postcards

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French postcard of Lili (before 1904), ‘playing around’. Author provided We often hear that we are living in a corrupting, visually saturated, consumer culture, which threatens the innocence of girlhood. But representations of young girls in the European postcard trade at the turn of the 20th...

Grattan on Friday: The ‘China factor’ is an unknown in Bennelong but a big issue for Australia

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Liberal and Labor camps expect incumbent John Alexander will hold on against the ALP’s Kristina Keneally.  Dominica Sanda/AAP The stakes in Saturday’s Bennelong byelection could hardly be higher. While both Liberal and Labor camps predict John Alexander will hold on against the ALP’s Kristina...

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Modern science tackles a biblical secret – the mystery ingredient in holy incense

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The ingredients of incense were detailed in the Old Testament. Shutterstock/wideonet A predatory sea snail could be the source of a mystery ingredient in a holy incense recipe detailed in the Old Testament. Murex whelks were just one of many suspected sources, but there was no evidence...

Debauchery on the fatal shore: the sex lives of Australia’s convicts

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A chain gang of convicts in Hobart.  State Library of NSW In 1787, when Arthur Phillip was preparing to lead the First Fleet to establish the British colony in New South Wales he wrote to his superiors to sort out what powers he would have...

Facebook’s new Messenger Kids app could be good for digital literacy

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Facebook’s Messenger Kids has sparked debate about what age children should be using messaging apps. Shutterstock.com Facebook is trialling a new Messenger Kids app in the United States. The standalone app is aimed at under-13s, who aren’t currently eligible for a normal Facebook account. Parents are responsible for...

Older people now less likely to fall into poverty

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The incidence of poverty among people over 65 is decreasing in part because of increased labour force participation.  Col Ford and Natasha de Vere/Flickr The risk of people past retirement age falling into poverty is now decreasing. There has been a substantial improvement compared to...

Riding in cars with dogs: millions of trips a week tell us transport policy needs to change

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Having a pet dog turns out to be a highly car-dependent affair. Dog owners depend very heavily on their cars to transport and care for their pets. Our recently published study estimates that dog owners make about 2.4 million dog-related trips a week in Sydney. We...

No, most people aren’t in severe pain when they die

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Symptoms of an illness usually improve the closer a person gets to dying. Photo by Dawid Zawiła on Unsplash Many people fear death partly because of the perception they might suffer increasing pain and other awful symptoms the nearer it gets. There’s often the belief...