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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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Opinion: Outer space is not the “Wild West”: There are clear rules for peace and war

he release of the first images taken by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will inspire generations with the infinite possibilities that outer space holds.


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Opinion: Astronomers have detected one of the biggest black hole jets in the sky

Astronomers at Western Sydney University have discovered one of the biggest black hole jets in the sky.


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Opinion: An autism minister may boost support and coordination. But governments that follow South Australia’s lead should be cautious

This week, the South Australian government announced the appointment of Emily Bourke to the role of assistant minister for autism. It’s the first portfolio of its kind in Australia.


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Opinion: Barilaro report fails to put NSW government integrity crisis to rest

It took George Orwell just one line to describe a political dystopia: “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”


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Opinion: You can’t be what you can’t see: the benefits for and the pressures on First Nations sportswomen

A record number of female Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander athletes represented Australia at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.



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