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What are parasites and how do they make us sick?

A parasite is an organism that lives in or on an organism of another species.


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The main problem with virtual reality? It’s almost as humdrum as real life

Just a few years ago, virtual reality (VR) was being showered with very real money. The industry raised an estimated US$900 million in venture capital in 2016, but by 2018 that figure had plummeted to US$280 million.


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Is social media damaging to children and teens? We asked five experts

If you have kids, chances are you’ve worried about their presence on social media. We asked five experts if social media is damaging to children and teens.


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Public places through kids’ eyes – what do they value?

Children are too rarely asked their perspectives on public spaces. Traditionally, adults make choices for children, particularly about how they live and play.


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12 simple ways you can reduce bushfire risk to older homes

Seventy-five years of Australian research into how houses respond to bushfire has identified 21 main weak points in houses and the area immediately surrounding them.


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1 in 10 women with endometriosis report using cannabis to ease their pain

Endometriosis is a chronic, inflammatory condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is found outside of the womb. It affects around one in ten women of reproductive age, causing pain, infertility and gastrointestinal symptoms.


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Reading is more than sounding out words and decoding. That’s why we use the whole language approach to teaching it

Good readers use a full repertoire of skills, each dependent on the other. And a whole language approach to teaching reading is about arming new readers with this repertoire.


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Drought and climate change were the kindling, and now the east coast is ablaze

Last week saw an unprecedented outbreak of large, intense fires stretching from the mid-north coast of New South Wales into central Queensland.



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