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Melbourne Cup 2

The race that stops the nation also holds many weird and wonderful stories

The Melbourne Cup is sometimes deplored but the central place it holds in Australian mainstream culture is rarely disputed.

Red Screen 2

No limits: can the new guidelines on kids and screens work?

There are big changes for families in the new recommendations to guide children’s use of anything with a screen.

Perineal 2

What we know about perineal tearing, and how to reduce it during childbirth

A common fear women have when contemplating having a baby is whether the birth will tear the perineum.

Kolorob 2

Design in the ‘hybrid city’: DIY meets platform urbanism in Dhaka’s informal settlements

Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, moved from the world’s second-least-liveable city to the fourth-least-liveable city in The Economist’s latest liveability survey.

Astronomy 2

How astronomy paved the way for terra nullius, and helped to get rid of it too

If you take a walk in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, about 50km from central Sydney, you will come across an engraving of a large emu in the tessellated sandstone overlooking the surrounding countryside.

Music 3

Sad music and depression: does it help?

When we are in our teens and twenties it seems musicplays its most important role in our lives. Studies show that adolescents listen to music for approximately two to three hours per day, especially when feeling distressed.

Mice 2

If we were like mice we could live to 400 – but we’re not, so we don’t

The researchers’ conclusion that “the maximum lifespan of humans is fixed and subject to natural constraints” is sobering reading for those who dream that human ageing can one day be successfully hacked.

Planes 2

Clear skies ahead: how improving the language of aviation could save lives

The most dangerous part of flying is driving to the airport. But improving the language of aviation could see flying become even safer.

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