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What do Sydney and other cities have in common? Dust

Sydney and its suburbs have been enveloped in haze over the past few days. The haze is a mixture of bushfire smoke and dust blown in from western New South Wales.


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These young Muslim Australians want to meet Islamophobes and change their minds. And it’s working

The political influence of the far-right, along with a more salient national security agenda, has spurred a growing anti-Muslim sentiment and deep social division in Australia.


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Curious Kids: why does wood crackle in a fire?

Curious Kids: why does wood crackle in a fire? If you’ve ever put wet wood on to a fire, you may have noticed it makes a lot more noise than dry wood.


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Evacuating with a baby? Here’s what to put in your emergency kit

Every summer in Australia, bushfires, cyclones and floods threaten lives & properties. Preparing for these emergencies includes creating an emergency kit that contains everything you & your baby will need if essential services are disrupted or you need to evacuate.


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Natural history on TV: how the ABC took Australian animals to the people

Most of us will never see a platypus or a lyrebird in the wild, but it’s likely we’ve encountered them on television. Our new research looks at the vital role early ABC television played in making Australian animals accessible to audiences.


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Green cement a step closer to being a game-changer for construction emissions

Concrete is the most widely used man-made material. But producing the Portland cement needed to make concrete accounts for 5-8% of all global greenhouse emissions.


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What are parasites and how do they make us sick?

A parasite is an organism that lives in or on an organism of another species.


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The main problem with virtual reality? It’s almost as humdrum as real life

Just a few years ago, virtual reality (VR) was being showered with very real money. The industry raised an estimated US$900 million in venture capital in 2016, but by 2018 that figure had plummeted to US$280 million.



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