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The importance of teaching consent
How do we teach sexual consent to young people to ensure they become respectful adults?
Why a sedentary lifestyle doesn't have to mean a sedentary brain
We all know that too much sitting can be bad for both our physical and mental health. However international research suggests the news is mixed for the generation who've grown up engaging with a screen.
Making more rental properties pet friendly
Pets are an important part of life for many of us. But if you're renting, having a furry companion join you in your new home can lessen your chances of finding a place to live. A world-first study looks at the rights and responsibilities of pet owners, landlords and animals and offers a way forward that could work for everyone.
International students stuck in limbo as new academic year begins
The new academic year is getting underway at university campuses around the country. But thousands of international students are still stuck overseas with no clarity about their situation. With ongoing uncertainty about whether Australia’s quarantine system can accommodate thousands of new students coming into the country, in addition to citizens returning home, some are choosing to study elsewhere
The husband poisoner
In post Second World War Sydney there were several cases where people fell prey to mysterious illnesses, often fatally. Evidence gathered after the fact, and with some bodies exhumed, found the cause of these deaths to be Thallium poisoning, a chemical used for killing rats. Curiously, the perpetrators were all women. Sociologist Tanya Bretherton has documented these crimes in her book 'The Husband Poisoner'.
Teaching children how the news works
How can we empower children to think critically about the media, and even become the news hounds of the future?