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What the new Australian government needs to do as Great Barrier Reef suffers fourth bleaching in seven years

The next federal government has to phase out fossil fuel use and exports as quickly as possible, if they are serious about saving the Great Barrier Reef

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'Sniffer dogs are as effective as PCR tests in detecting COVID-19'

In one study, the dogs detected COVID with a sensitivity of 92 per cent and a specificity of 91 per cent and in another study the dogs matched 98 per cent of the PCR results and they correctly identified the swabs as negative in 99 per cent samples

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Explained: Why the US FDA wants to ban menthol cigarettes

Menthol reduces the harshness of cigarette smoking, making it more palatable for new smokers. People who smoke these cigarettes smoke longer over their lifetimes and are less likely to quit

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More mass shootings are happening at grocery stores – 13% shooters are motivated by racial hatred, criminologists find

Mass public shootings in which four or more people are killed have become more frequent, and deadly, in the last decade. And the tragedy in Buffalo is the latest in a recent trend of mass public shootings taking place in retail establishments

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From skin lesions to tinnitus, four strange COVID-19 symptoms you might not have heard about

Emerging data is increasingly showing us that COVID-19 symptoms can go beyond what you might expect from a regular cold or a flu

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China's COVID-19 crisis and dilemma facing its leaders, by experts who have monitored it since the Wuhan outbreak

One of China’s largest cities, Shanghai, has been paralysed for the past month, with many of its residents hemmed in by hastily erected metal fences. The capital, Beijing, is now striving to avoid a similar fate

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Explained: How researchers are trying to design nanoparticles treatments for cancer

While nanomedicine has seen many successes, some researchers have been disappointed by its underwhelming overall performance in cancer

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Lemon water may affect your body in different ways but won't detox or energise you

Researchers suggest the acidity of lemon juice inhibits a particular enzyme in your saliva (salivary amylase), which usually starts to break down starch in your mouth

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Explained: How electrifying public transport will help tackle climate change

If all cars on the road became powered by renewable electricity, almost one-fifth of emissions would be cut. It would also help to weather spikes in oil prices linked to war, and enjoy cleaner air and quieter cities

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Twitter: Not even Elon Musk is wealthy enough to bring absolute free speech to the platform, here’s why

There can be no question that protest and dissent which used to take place in public spaces has now largely shifted to online media platforms that are owned and operated by private companies.

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Elon Musk’s plans for Twitter could make its misinformation problems worse

Elon Musk’s description of a platform free from content moderation issues is troubling in light of the algorithmic harms caused by social media platforms

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Elon Musk won’t have a board to watch him when he takes Twitter private – does that matter?

Elon Musk, who on 25 April sealed a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion, criticized board members for owning almost no shares of the company they oversee.

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Explained: How colonialism is linked to climate change

Historic and ongoing forms of colonialism have helped to increase the vulnerability of specific people and places to the effects of climate change

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Why an edit button for Twitter is not as simple as it seems

Elon Musk, who has recently been buying up shares in the microblogging platform and has made a US$48 billion offer for the whole company, asked his 82 million followers if they wanted an edit button.

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Why Queen Elizabeth's 96th birthday isn't a very happy one

Declining health, ongoing campaigns to remove her as head of state, controversy over Prince Andrew’s return to the public eye and calls for the Royal Family to apologise for its role in colonialism and slavery has made it an awkward time for the monarch

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Pandemic decision-making is difficult and exhausting here's the psychology that explains why

As restrictions ease and people think about living with the coronavirus, the current phase of the pandemic brings with it a new need to make cost-benefit calculations.

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How Russia's war will decide if Ukrainian is a language or a dialect

There is a long-running controversy about Ukrainian being a language or a dialect. While Russia claims that it is just a dialect, the latter argues that it is a separate language. Who's right? It depends upon whom you ask

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Why a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine seem unlikely

Good-faith negotiations happen only when it is in the best interests of the parties to reach an agreement. However, Russia has been accused of poisoning two senior Ukrainian peace negotiators. This violence violates old diplomatic customs that guide peace talks

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Elon Musk’s bid spotlights Twitter’s unique role in public discourse – and what changes might be in store

Twitter occupies a unique niche. Its short chunks of text and threading foster real-time conversations among thousands of people, which makes it popular with celebrities, media personalities and politicians alike.

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Libraries around the world are helping safeguard Ukrainian books and culture

Today, teams of archivists and librarians are working to save Ukrainian library and museum collections