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Opinion: It’s 2am, you’re sleeping, and a flash flood hits your home. Without a warning system, what do you do?

In March 2019, a powerful storm hit southern Nepal. Residents in the Bara and Parsa districts had little warning. They sheltered in huts made from mud and brick which collapsed in the wind and rain.


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Opinion: Can I have a pet and be housed, too? It all depends…

Barriers to housing for people with pets around Australia are the focus of newly released national research by an interdisciplinary team. Why? Because laws are changing nationally but are highly inconsistent.


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Opinion: Our turtle program shows citizen science isn’t just great for data, it makes science feel personal

Citizen science is ripe with benefits. Programs can involve hundreds, sometimes thousands, of volunteers who collect reliable, long-term and geographically widespread data.


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Opinion: Should I get a COVID vaccine while I’m pregnant or breastfeeding? Is it safe for me and my baby?

From Monday, Australia’s front-line health workers, quarantine staff, border control officers, and workers and residents in aged-care homes will be offered the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.


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Opinion: Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate – here’s why

The world’s most forbidding deserts could be the best places on Earth for harvesting solar power – the most abundant and clean source of energy we have.


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Western Sydney University expert in support of constitutional democracy in Myanmar

A Western Sydney University human rights and democracy expert has condemned the recent Myanmar coup.


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Opinion: You can’t have a Hollywood meet cute on a dating app — but is that such a bad thing?

The “meet cute” is the moment in which two unlikely people encounter each other while going about their ordinary lives, and something extraordinary begins.


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Opinion: Got an implantable defibrillator or a pacemaker? Keep your iPhone 12 in your trouser pocket, not your shirt

There are increasing concerns the new Apple iPhone 12 could interfere with implantable cardiac devices such as pacemakers, presenting a risk for people with heart problems.



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