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Opinion: What do aged care residents do all day? We tracked their time use to find out

What’s the daily routine like for older people in residential aged care facilities?


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Opinion: An arms race over food waste: Sydney cockatoos are still opening kerb-side bins, despite our best efforts to stop them

Bloody hell! That cockatoo just opened my bin, and it’s eating my leftover pizza. We can’t have that, I’ll put a rock on the lid to stop it opening the bin. Problem solved…?


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Opinion: What is hand, foot and mouth disease?

As a new parent, I’ve become acutely aware of every person in the vicinity of my daughter who has the slightest sniffle or looks vaguely unwell.


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Opinion: Uncivil wars? Political lies are far more dangerous than Twitter pile-ons

As Trump supporters call for civil war and American institutions of law and government teeter on the brink, Waleed Aly and Scott Stephens propose that the problem underlying this crisis is the loss of civility itself.


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Opinion: More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have ear and hearing problems – and it’s easy to mistake for bad behaviour

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children experience ear disease (fluid build ups, perforated eardrums and ear infections that can impair hearing) more frequently than most populations in the world.


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Opinion: This spider-eating, nest-sharing bat was once safe from fire – until the Black Summer burnt its rainforests

Golden-tipped bats are peculiar creatures. By night, they hunt the understorey for orb-weaving spiders, plucking them carefully from their sticky webs.


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Opinion: Not all of us have access to safe drinking water. This clever rainwater collector can change that

Access to clean drinking water is fundamental to our health and wellbeing, and a universal human right.


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Opinion: Les Murray said his autism shaped his poetry – his late poems offer insights into his creative process

These differences in word association are one reason that Les Murray identified autism as “the part of my brain […] which is mostly the part my poetry comes from”.



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