Putting babies under general anaesthetic won't affect their development, new research shows

A new study found no detectable impact on brain development.From shutterstock.comMaking the decision to operate on a baby or toddler can be complex and confronting for parents. It involves weighing th...

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Virginia politics: The uneasy marriage of new liberalism and historic racism

Virginia is home to America’s original contradiction – the peculiar juxtaposition of slavery and freedom.The recent “blue-ing” of Virginia has obscured a sobering political rea...

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Must the president be a moral leader?

President Donald Trump, former President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton, during the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush.AP Photo/Alex Brandon, PoolThe best presidents –...

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A brief history of presidential lethargy

A television set turned on in the West Wing of the White House.AP Photo/Susan WalshNo one doubts the job of president of the United States is stressful and demanding. The chief executive deserves down...

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There's little reason for optimism about Closing the Gap, despite changes to education targets

Again this year, the Closing the Gap report delivered disappointment.www.shutterstock.comThis week saw the release of the annual Closing the Gap report. Much like the previous decade of reports, we le...

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Pages and prejudice: how queer texts could fight homophobia in Australian schools

Books are a good starting place to make schools more inviting places for queer students.www.shutterstock.comRecently, the Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE) — the peak pro...

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The glowing ghost mushroom looks like it comes from a fungal netherworld

The ghost fungus emits an eerie green glow.Author providedSign up to Beating Around the Bush, a series that profiles native plants: part gardening column, part dispatches from country, entirely Austra...

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VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on reopening Christmas Island and One Nation's shenanigans

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan talk about the week in politics. They discuss including the government’s historic defeat in the House of Representatives on...

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The Catholic Church is headed for another sex abuse scandal as #NunsToo speak up

All eyes will turn to Rome between 21-24 February, when senior church clerics across the world meet to discuss how to handle the widening sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. Until recently, th...

Kathleen McPhillips, Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle - avatar Kathleen McPhillips, Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle

Australia: well placed to join the Moon mining race ... or is it?

The Moon could be mined for water.NASA/JPLIt’s 50 years since man first stepped on the Moon. Now the focus is on going back to our nearest orbiting neighbour – not to leave footprints, but...

Andrew Dempster, Director, Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research; Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, UNSW - avatar Andrew Dempster, Director, Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research; Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, UNSW

Business Continuity And IT: A Double-Edged Sword

In the business world, there is an essential truth that every entrepreneur learns: If you’re not relevant, you can’t survive. However, keeping your business relevant goes beyond the realm of market ...

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SMEs Don’t Realise This Is Why Their Expansion Never Works

Business owners and entrepreneurs aren’t the same because they come in all different shapes and sizes. However, one thing they can agree on is that they want and need to expand. Business expansion i...

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Senate vote could end US complicity in the Saudi-led genocide in Yemen that spans Obama, Trump administrations

Severe malnutrition, like this Yemeni boy experienced, is one of the results of the Yemen conflict. AP/Hani MohammedThe U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass legislation to deny f...

Jeff Bachman, Professorial Lecturer in Human Rights; Director, Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights MA Program, American University School of International Service - avatar Jeff Bachman, Professorial Lecturer in Human Rights; Director, Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights MA Program, American University School of International Service

Senate vote could end US complicity in the Saudi-led genocide in Yemen

Severe malnutrition, like this Yemeni boy experienced, is one of the results of the Yemen conflict. AP/Hani MohammedThe U.S. House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to pass legislation to de...

Jeff Bachman, Professorial Lecturer in Human Rights; Director, Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights MA Program, American University School of International Service - avatar Jeff Bachman, Professorial Lecturer in Human Rights; Director, Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights MA Program, American University School of International Service