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The best fiction of 2022: Alan Garner’s Treacle Walker and writing outside the constraints of time

Following the life of young Joseph Coppock, Treacle Walker is about making sense of the world around us.

24/11/2022

Treating mental illness with electricity marries old ideas with modern tech and understanding of the brain – podcast

Deep brain stimulation and trasncranial magnetic stimulation treat mental illness by sending electrical currents into parts of the brain. Every new patient provides researchers with a wealth of information. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.

24/11/2022

Chris Hemsworth's Alzheimer's gene doesn't guarantee he'll develop dementia. Here's what we can all do to reduce our risk

Chris Hemsworth, famous for his role as the god Thor in Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, has announced he will be taking a break from acting after being told he has two copies of the APOE4 gene, increasing his risk of Alzheimer’s. Having one copy…

24/11/2022

Inflation, COVID, inequality: new report shows Australia's social cohesion is at crossroads

But on the positive side, support for multiculturalism and ethnic diversity continues to grow and is likely to be a valuable asset to our social cohesion in future.

24/11/2022

Clothes women wanted to wear: a new exhibition explores how Carla Zampatti saw her designs as a tracker of feminism

Zampatti Powerhouse at the Powerhouse Museum is one of the best-looking fashion exhibition designs Australia has seen.

24/11/2022

An AI named Cicero can beat humans in Diplomacy, a complex alliance-building game. Here's why that's a big deal

The AI leans on a particular tactic for its success. If you knew what it was, beating it would get drastically easier.

24/11/2022

Is your partner a man-child? No wonder you don't feel like sex

Men could be doing more around the house. And it’s affecting relationships in ways no-one has explored, until now.

23/11/2022

Elon Musk's Twitter takeover has disrupted the Christchurch Call – NZ needs to rethink its digital strategy

Radical change at Twitter shows how quickly strategies and values can shift in Big Tech. New Zealand needs to be less reliant on overseas solutions for its own digital infrastructure plans.

23/11/2022

Back from the brink: how genome research is helping the recovery of the Chatham Island black robin

Inbreeding usually leads to an accumulation of genetic defects, but evolution on a small archipelago may have helped the severely inbred Chatham Island black robin to avoid this fate.

23/11/2022

Canada should focus on building ties with countries that share its values — but tread carefully

Deliberately crafting economic relationships with countries that share similar political and social values with Canada has emerged as a tool to address current geopolitical issues.

23/11/2022

We found Britain's greenest city centre – and its least green

Some of Britain’s city centres are filled with trees and parks, while others have little vegetation to break up the bricks, tarmac and concrete. Such differences aren’t just aesthetic: they affect whether animals can move around, and they have…

23/11/2022

We know sweatshop clothing is bad – and buy it anyway. Here's how your brain makes excuses

You face a dilemma. You’ve found the perfect shirt, and it’s an absolute bargain, but you notice it’s “Made in Bangladesh”. You’re conscious it was probably made using cheap labour. Do you buy it, or walk away? Today Oxfam released its annual…

23/11/2022

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