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Are more Aussie trees dying of drought? Scientists need your help spotting dead trees

Most citizen science initiatives ask people to record living things, like frogs, wombats, or feral animals. But dead things can also be hugely informative for science.


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NSW Coalition scrapes back in as minor parties surge – but delivering on promises will not be easy

Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s Liberal-National government was returned to office on Saturday nigh. With the victory came some wreckage, and largely unexpected beneficiaries.


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Don’t wait for a crisis – start planning your aged care now

Most Australians prefer to die at home but few adequately plan for it. Consequently, just one in seven dies at home. Some say they will make plans “when the need arises”.


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Don’t fall for it: a parent’s guide to protecting your kids from online hoaxes

It’s a parent’s responsibility to protect their children from harm, no matter where that threat of harm comes from. But what if the threat is a hoax?


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Elite sport is becoming a platform to target the trans community

Tennis champion Martina Navratilova recently called the participation of transgender women in elite female sporting competitions “insane” and “cheating”. And she’s not alone.


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Build social and affordable housing to get us off the boom-and-bust roller coaster

Not long ago Australia’s housing boom was in full swing. Now the withdrawal of overseas buyers and prudential restrictions on loose lending to local investors have revealed how hollow the boom was.


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Curious Kids: what happens when fruit gets ripe?

Fruit ripening is all about plants getting animals to eat the seeds that are inside their fruits.


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Mark Latham in the upper house? A Coalition minority government? The NSW election is nearly upon us and it’s going to be a wild ride

We are but weeks away from an election in New South Wales and it will be eagerly watched. Not just for the outcome but for the implications for the looming federal election.



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