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Looking for love on a dating app? You might be falling for a ghost

Consider the moments you have fallen in love. If you unpick the threads, you will quickly find much of the falling occurred in the mind.


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Despite its Pacific ‘step-up’, Australia is still not listening to the region, new research shows

The Australian government has spent the past year promoting its “Pacific step-up” as one of the country’s “highest foreign policy priorities”.


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Yes, more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere helps plants grow, but it’s no excuse to downplay climate change

The alarming rate of carbon dioxide flowing into our atmosphere is affecting plant life in interesting ways – but perhaps not in the way you’d expect.


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Why should my child take swimming lessons? And what do they need to know?

Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death from injury worldwide. From July 2018 to June 2019, 276 people drowned across Australia – a 10% increase on the previous year.


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A tale of 2 rivers: is it safer to swim in the Yarra in Victoria, or the Nepean in NSW?

Cooling off with a swim in the river is a popular summer pastime in Australia, particularly for people who live a long distance from the beach.


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Two satellites just avoided a head-on smash. How close did they come to disaster?

It appears we have missed another close call between two satellites – but how close did we really come to a catastrophic event in space?


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How to cope with extreme heat days without racking up the aircon bills

Summer in Australia is getting hotter. Extreme heat events, with daytime temperatures over 35 degrees Celsius, are becoming more common and we are getting more of these days in a row.


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Australia’s bushfire smoke is lapping the globe, and the law is too lame to catch it

Smoke from Australia’s bushfires has travelled far beyond its origins. It crossed New Zealand and South America, and within days had drifted halfway around the globe.



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