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We all need to forget, even robots

Forgetting is a tricky business, both for humans and for artificial intelligence (AI), and researchers are exploring the idea of robot memory in many different ways.


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Royal commission provides a vital blueprint for justice for sex abuse victims – now it’s time to act

Adult survivors of child sexual abuse have long complained about police disinterest in so-called “historical” sexual abuse complaints: when a report is made years after the alleged offence.


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How safe are heartburn medications and who should use them?

Many people suffer regularly from heartburn - a burning feeling in the chest caused by stomach acid travelling up the food pipe (oesophagus) after eating. The most commonly prescribed medications are "proton pump inhibitors".


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A closer look at jobless youth in Western Sydney points us to the solutions

Youth unemployment emerged as a primary national issue in the late 1970s after international crisis upended Australia's cosy post-war economy.Ten years later, youth unemployment soared again as the financial crises of the late 1980s became a full-blown recession.


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How ‘nudge theory’ can help shops avoid a backlash over plastic bag bans

If you’re like many shoppers, you’ll pass through the self-service checkout, scan your items, and hurriedly place them in the conveniently waiting thin, grey plastic bag before finalising the purchase.


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When it comes to kids and social media, it’s not all bad news

While we often hear about the negative impact social media has on children, the use of sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is not a one-size-fits-all activity. Children use it in a wide variety of ways – some of which are adding value to their lives.


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Blaming migrants won’t solve Western Sydney’s growing pains

Western Sydney is one of the fastest-growing regions in Australia. It’s also one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse, as a key arrival point for refugees and new migrants when they first settle in Australia.


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Platform co-ops offer urban communities a bigger say in their lives

Digital platform companies regulate our likes, updates, schedules, locations, photos, jobs and trips. In the “world of the platform”, the power and control of these proprietary systems commodify our habits, attitudes and movements.



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