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Dark Mofo’s slaughtered bull and the ethics of using animals in art

In a three-hour show scheduled at Hobart's Museum of Old and New Art in June, Viennese artist Hermann Nitsch plans to use the blood of a slaughtered bull to explore ancient ritual and spiritual sacrifice.


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Science or snake oil: do meds like Remifemin ease hot flushes and night sweats in menopausal women?

Native Americans didn’t only use black cohosh to treat female reproductive problems such as “menstrual irregularities”, they also used it for pain, fever and cough.


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When it comes to housing affordability debates, everything old is new again

As politicians across Australia grapple with a fix for housing affordability, you might be forgiven for thinking this was the first time the nation has confronted a crisis in housing.


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Millions of rotting fish: turtles and crays can save us from Carpageddon

The Australian government plans to target invasive European carp with a herpes virus, leaving hundreds of thousands of tonnes of carp rotting in the river systems that supply our drinking water and irrigate the fruit and vegetables we eat.


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Exoplanet discovery by an amateur astronomer shows the power of citizen science

You don't need to be a professional astronomer to find new worlds orbiting distant stars. Darwin mechanic and amateur astronomer Andrew Grey this week helped to discover a new exoplanet system with at least four orbiting planets.


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Living with the legacy of the great infrastructure sell-off

The vehicles of urban infrastructure – the utilities and the state-owned enterprises were so central to the life of cities that they became perfect entities for private sell-off.


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With wariness on both sides, the US strikes a conciliatory note on China

With wariness on both sides, the US strikes a conciliatory note on China


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Universities unveil ambitious Indigenous participation targets

Members of Universities Australia will commit to expand their contributions to practical measures to close the gap in disadvantage and lift the visibility of Indigenous expertise and excellence.



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