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Amal and George Clooney welcome twins to the world

Amal and George Clooney

  It’s official! The Clooney twins, Alexander and Ella have arrived with Amal and George Clooney announcing their arrival Tuesday morning.


Budget night – Government spending explained in 10 charts; from Howard to Turnbull

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Successive Australian governments are usually judged on how they balance the budget and spend taxpayers’ dollars. The stereotypes are that Liberal governments keep a tight hold on the purse strings, while Labor governments are spendthrifts. Alan Duncan and Rebecca Cassells explain in some simple charts, just how past and present governments have been spending our dollars.


What it’s like to be a parent in a war zone

How do parents protect their children and help them feel secure again when their homes are ripped apart by war? In this warm-hearted talk, psychologist Aala El-Khani shares her work supporting — and learning from — refugee families affected by the civil war in Syria. She asks: How can we help these loving parents give


The future of flying cars: science fact or science fiction?

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Uber has shaken up the taxi industry and is trying to put driverless cars on our roads. Now the company aims to have flying ride-sharing vehicles in our skies by 2020 writes Jonathan Roberts and Michael Milford. Uber is not alone in working towards flying cars. But is this realistic, or just marketing hype? To many of


Extreme weather: Why the impact will be felt more widely

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Extreme is the new normal when it comes to weather, with devastation caused by floods, fires and cyclones filling our news feeds all too frequently. Thanks to the relatively recent development of event attribution in climate science, researchers can now confidently attribute the increase in extreme weather events to human-forced climate change writes Associate Professor Grant


North Korea – a horror story through the eyes of a 13 year old

North Korea

Yeonmi Park reveals horror of North Korean atrocities, by Anjali Bisaria via


Mixed emotions for Turkish-Australians on Anzac Day

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Anzac Day proves to the world that peace is possible following bitter conflict, the Turkish consul general in Sydney says.


Remembering the The Banka Island Massacre 75 years on this ANZAC day

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75 years since witnessing the Banka Island massacre, lone survivor nurse Lt Vivian Bullwinkel’s story of survival can be heard in a new podcast.


Best (and geekiest) signs from the March for Science rallies around the globe

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Scientists and science enthusiasts alike took to the streets over the weekend on Earth Day to March for Science and support a worthwhile cause: facts. Of course the signs were amazing. Here are a few of the best and the geekiest signs from the March for Science rallies around the world. Because reason rules.  


From Burundi to Australia: Transplanting farming know-how


Far from their native home in eastern Africa, a group of former refugees have brought their traditional farming methods to their new home in Victoria’s north writes Dr Olivia Dun.