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Dutton wants a ‘mature debate’ about nuclear power. By the time we’ve had one, new plants will be too late to replace coal

Small modular reactors are popular among conservative politicians and supposedly the Australian public. But they’re nowhere near ready to power Australia in time to replace coal-powered stations.

28/02/2024

Leap of imagination: how February 29 reminds us of our mysterious relationship with time and space

2024 is a leap year, when the shortest month mops up a bit of leftover time. But the extra day also tells us about space – and our place in it.

28/02/2024

Should you be checking your kid’s phone? How to know when your child is ready for ‘phone privacy’

Is it reasonable to occasionally inspect a 13- or 14-year-old’s device, or does this undermine a new sense of privacy at this stage?

28/02/2024

The importance of critical minerals should not condone their extraction at all costs

The temptation to justify critical minerals mining at all costs is a dangerous fallacy. The social and environmental impacts of poorly mined critical minerals are dire.

27/02/2024

Betty Smith enchanted a generation of readers with ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ − even as she groused that she hoped Williamsburg would be flattened

No other 20th-century American novel did quite so much to burnish Brooklyn’s reputation. But Smith rarely saw her hometown through rose-colored glasses − and even grew to resent it.

27/02/2024

Universities Accord: there’s a push for a Higher Education Future Fund, but some unis ‘hate’ it

The fund would be established with money from both the federal government and universities, until it was worth A$10 billion.

27/02/2024

Universities Accord: early university offers won’t be made until later in Year 12. Is this a good idea?

State and federal education ministers have agreed university offers should not be made to Year 12 students before September this year. Previously they have been made as early as March.

27/02/2024

Researchers found 37 mine sites in Australia that could be converted into renewable energy storage. So what are we waiting for?

Huge open-cut mining pits would be turned into reservoirs to hold water for renewable energy storage. It would give the sites a new lease on life and help shore up our low-emissions future.

27/02/2024

Governments must avoid policies that stigmatize those recovering from addiction

Calls to destigmatize language around drug addiction must be combined with action to change policies that stigmatize people in early recovery.

27/02/2024

Maps shape our lives – showing us not just where we are, but who we are

Cartography has become one of the most successful technologies for understanding the world around us. But like the world itself, maps and map-making are constantly evolving.

27/02/2024

Children get arthitis too, with life-changing effects – but exercise can help

Low awareness of how arthritis affects young people leaves thousands of children without appropriate support.

27/02/2024

Delhi’s electronic bazaars are one of the city’s last non-elite commercial spaces

Contemporary characterisations of squatters and street vendors as a “nuisance” reproduces colonial urbanism ideas of hygiene and order.

27/02/2024

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