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Why we shouldn’t be so quick to demonise bats

Australian health authorities regularly issue public reminders not to touch bats because they can host Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV). This type of health education is necessary because it reduces human exposure to bat-borne diseases.


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Educational activities for the summer break to beat boredom and learning loss

Christmas is over, the novelty of new toys has worn off, and the holiday chorus of “I’m bored” is echoing in households everywhere. What can you do to stop the boredom?


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Funding freeze on universities will cut to the heart of Western Sydney’s future

Maybe pulling $2.1 billion out of the education budget will allow the Treasurer to put the funds to something he feels is of better use. There’s a state government looking to build a few stadiums.


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No sign of alien life ‘so far’ on the mystery visitor from space, but we’re still looking

The mystery object discovered earlier this year travelling through our Solar system is showing no signs of any alien life, despite plenty of efforts to look and listen for a signal.


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Pregnancy doesn’t ‘cure’ endometriosis, so where does this advice come from?

Many Australian women with endometriosis are reporting they’re being advised a reliable treatment or even possible cure for their endometriosis is to “go away and have a baby”.


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Royal commission report makes preventing institutional sexual abuse a national responsibility

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse today presented a socially and historically contextualised understanding of child sexual abuse.


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Surprise! Digital space isn’t replacing public space, and might even help make it better

You’re on the train on your daily commute, head bowed, peering at your phone. A cavalcade of news stories, friends’ holiday snaps and random promoted images of trending slippers pops up on your social media feed.


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The way your children watch YouTube is not that surprising – but it is a concern. Here are some tips

Young children have rapidly become prolific users of the internet, including watching online videos. While many of the videos are suitable, others use unscrupulous gimmicky methods to profit from a young and impressionable audience.



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