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We asked two experts to watch The Father and Supernova. These new films show the fear and loss that come with dementia

we asked two experts to watch the father and supernova. these new films show the fear and loss that come with dementia
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 Olivia Coleman and Anthony Hopkins in The Father (2020) IMDB Two new films explore the fear of forgetting, loss of control, and other complexities that accompany a dementia diagnosis. The Father and Supernova, both released this month, grapple with the challenges confronting people living with dementia and those...

Floodplains aren’t separate to a river — they’re an extension of it. It’s time to change how we connect with them

floodplains aren’t separate to a river — they’re an extension of it. it’s time to change how we connect with them
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 Image: AAP Image/AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE Dramatic scenes of flood damage to homes, infrastructure and livelihoods have been with us on the nightly news in recent weeks. Many will be feeling the pain for years to come, as they contend with property damage, financial catastrophe and...

How your doctor describes your medical condition can encourage you to say ‘yes’ to surgery when there are other options

how your doctor describes your medical condition can encourage you to say ‘yes’ to surgery when there are other options
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 Picture: Shuttlestock There are many factors that influence whether you choose to have surgery for a health condition. But one you might not have considered is the very name your doctor uses to describe your condition can make you more or less likely to go under...

How Carla Zampatti pioneered wearable yet cosmopolitan clothes for women, and became a fashion icon

how carla zampatti pioneered wearable yet cosmopolitan clothes for women, and became a fashion icon
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 Picture: AAP/Joel Carrett With the sudden death of Carla Zampatti, Australia has lost perhaps its most successful and loved fashion designer. Zampatti was that rare beast who had inter-generational relevance. She celebrated her 55th year in business before COVID lockdown, in early 2020. She had not...

How will our bodies be put back together? What about those eaten by cannibals? A brief history of Christian resurrection beliefs

how will our bodies be put back together? what about those eaten by cannibals? a brief history of christian resurrection beliefs
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        Picture: Stefan Lochner, Last Judgement, circa 1435. Wikimedia Commons Easter celebrates the Christian belief that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. In so doing, he overcame sin and death on behalf of all of us. The resurrection of Jesus was a guarantee that, for those who...

After a year of digital learning and virtual teaching, let’s hear it for the joy of real books

after a year of digital learning and virtual teaching, let’s hear it for the joy of real books
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 Picture: Shuttlestock We know COVID-19 and its associated changes to our work and learning habits caused a marked increase in the use of technology. More surprising, perhaps, is the impact these lockdowns have had on children’s and young people’s self-reported enjoyment of books and the...

4 ways Australia’s COVID vaccine rollout has been bungled

4 ways australia’s covid vaccine rollout has been bungled
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 Picture: Andrew Henshaw/AAP Australia’s vaccine rollout has so far been overhyped and under-delivered. The first announcement, in August last year — that Australia had negotiated vaccine deals — set the tone for the rollout of “announceables”. Within hours, this initial announcement unravelled as it became clear it wasn’t a “deal”,...

Seriously ugly: here’s how Australia will look if the world heats by 3°C this century

seriously ugly: here’s how australia will look if the world heats by 3°c this century
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 Picture: Shuttlestock This is a long read, it is an important read, so set aside time to take it all in. Imagine, for a moment, a different kind of Australia. One where bushfires on the catastrophic scale of Black Summer happen almost every year. One where...

Where is Australia at with the COVID vaccine rollout? Our interactive shows how we compare with the rest of the world

where is australia at with the covid vaccine rollout? our interactive shows how we compare with the rest of the world
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 Image: Shuttlestock As COVID vaccination programs roll out around the world, our new interactive tool allows you to see where each country is at with its immunisation program. Using data from Our World in Data, you can see how each country is performing when it comes...

Labor proposes discounts for electric cars and ‘community batteries’ to store solar power

labor proposes discounts for electric cars and ‘community batteries’ to store solar power
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 Picture: Darren England/AAP   Anthony Albanese will promise a Labor government would deliver a discount to cut the cost of electric cars and install community batteries, in modest initiatives costing $400 million over several years. The announcement, made yesterday, comes as Labor debates its platform at a...