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US support for waiving COVID vaccine intellectual property is a huge step. Australia must follow

The change in the US position signals how clearly the success of every country in fighting the pandemic depends on vaccinating the whole world.

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VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the Port of Darwin, India’s second wave, and next week’s budget

University of Canberra Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan and University of Canberra Associate Professor Caroline Fisher discuss the week in politics.

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From baby blue-tongues to elephant doulas: motherhood across the animal kingdom

Some lay their eggs and leave, others carry their young for a year in a pouch: in nature, maternal care comes in many forms.

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What’s the Valneva COVID-19 vaccine, the French shot that’s supposed to be ‘variant proof’?

It sounds too good to be true, a vaccine that can protect against future virus variants. But governments around the world are keen to learn more.

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China retaliates: suspending its Strategic Economic Dialogue with Australia is symbolic, but still a big deal

Beijing’s suspension of the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue sends a strong signal it is prepared to escalate tensions.

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How I found potential lost works of the great British painter William Hogarth – new research

The style and date given for the painted room never sat right with MA Katritzky, who spent lockdown investigating whether the room was actually created by one of Britain’s greatest painters.

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Why now would be a good time for the Reserve Bank to publish stress test results for individual banks

New Zealand’s financial system is sound but still vulnerable, according to the Reserve Bank. But without better evidence there’s too much room for fear-mongering and confusion.

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Why Ontario had to transfer thousands of Toronto COVID-19 patients to other cities’ hospitals

The need to transfer 2,500 COVID-19 patients around Ontario, and bring in extra doctors from other provinces, exposes two fallacies about Canada’s health-care system.

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Pictures from outer space reveal the extent of illegal gold mining in Peru

NASA satellite images reveal the extent of gold-mining in Peru. This information can be used to shut down illegal mining and prevent environmental destruction and contamination.

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ADHD affects girls too, and it can present differently to the way it does in boys. Here’s what to look out for

A better understanding of ADHD in girls will enable earlier recognition, diagnosis and, importantly, treatment for girls, than currently exists.

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Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Why not smash the patriarchy

While Mother’s Day is often surrounded by cloying sentiment, Australian mums have a long history of political activism and forcing social change.

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Applying a gender lens on the budget is not about pitting women against men

It’s about appreciating the ways in which men and women tend to walk different life paths, navigate towards different industries and occupations and take different roles within households and society.

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Print isn’t dead: major survey reveals local newspapers vastly preferred over Google among country news consumers

The majority of country press audiences prefer to read their local paper in print than online. In fact, many said they would stop reading their papers if they went digital only.

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Swim like a sea lion, splash like a seal: how evolution engineered nature’s underwater acrobats

New research combines cutting-edge engineering with animal behaviour to explain the origins of efficient swimming in nature’s underwater acrobats: seals and sea lions.

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The fatherhood penalty: how parental leave policies perpetuate the gender gap (even in our ‘progressive’ universities)

You might expect progressive policies in our universities, but a parental leave system of primary and secondary caregivers – the first 93% women, the second 96% men – perpetuates the gender gap.

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Friday essay: 3 ways philosophy can help us understand love

Is there an essence of love? Is it ultimately about commitment? Philosophy can offer some answers.

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Who would win in a fight between an octopus and a seabird? Two marine biologists place their bets

Who would win in a fight between an octopus and a seabird? Two marine biologists place their bets

In the red corner is the octopus with eight muscular, hyper-flexible arms. In the blue corner is the bird with killer vision and two sharp claws for catching prey with incredible speed and precision.

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Farewell the utopian city. To cope with climate change we must learn from how nature adapts

The utopian 20th-century model of a modern city – one that has been replicated around the world – is being exposed as unsuitable for adapting to the pace of change in the 21st century.

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Nocturnal dinosaurs: Night vision and superb hearing in a small theropod suggest it was a moonlight predator

By looking at the eye bones and ear canals of extinct dinosaurs, researchers show that a small ancient predator likely hunted at night and had senses as good as a modern barn owl.

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Wildfires are contaminating drinking water systems, and it’s more widespread than people realize

An increasing number of communities are discovering dangerous contamination in their water systems weeks or months after fires.

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