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Friday essay: amnesia, time loops, a divided world – how TV messes with our heads in seriously interesting ways

With the success of Netflix and its imitators, the long-form drama of the fictional screen serial has moved decisively from broadcast television to on-demand streaming. The dizzying range of shows filling the streaming services are now curated by an algorithm...

Chemical attraction, a whodunit murder mystery and tensions at the mosque: what we’re streaming this March

It’s hard to believe March is here. Where did the time go? By now many of us will be well into our regular routine at work or school. Perhaps life’s demands are starting to catch up and you’re already dreaming...

On Sunday the National Rugby League goes to Vegas. It might just hit the jackpot

Australia’s National Rugby League will launch its 2024 season in Las Vegas this weekend, in the boldest attempt yet to capture the hearts and wallets of Americans.It’s been tried before. In the 1930s, legendary League administrator Harry Sunderland took the...

We discovered a ‘gentle touch’ molecule is essential for light tactile sensation in humans – and perhaps in individual cells

ShutterstockYou were probably taught that we have five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. This is not quite right: “touch” is not a single sense, but rather several working together. Our bodies contain a network of sensory nerve cells...

Baiting foxes can make feral cats even more ‘brazen’, study of 1.5 million forest photos shows

Matthew ReesFoxes and cats kill about 2.6 billion mammals, birds and reptiles across Australia, every year. To save native species from extinction, we need to protect them from these introduced predators. But land managers tend to focus on foxes, which...

Care and protection, or containment and punishment? How state care fails NZ’s most vulnerable young people

Recent reports by the Chief Ombudsman, the Independent Children’s Monitor and the Auditor General have detailed the grim state of affairs for children and whānau in Oranga Tamariki (Ministry for Children) care. The ombudsman called for “change on a scale...

Grattan on Friday: The voters of Dunkley have government and opposition in a guessing game

Next week, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will be back on the international stage – while standing firmly on home ground. The foreign stage is coming to him, with a three-day special summit in Melbourne celebrating 50 years of dialogue partnership...

Explainer: what is sabotage and why is the ASIO chief worried about it?

Last night, ASIO boss Mike Burgess made another powerful public statement in delivering the Annual Threat Assessment for 2024. Burgess stated that ASIO has seen “terrorists and spies […] talking about sabotage, researching sabotage, sometimes conducting reconnaissance for sabotage”.He also...

Meth use is declining in Australia – but the public still sees it as the most worrying drug

Max kegfire/ShutterstockMethamphetamine, also known as ice or meth, is the drug Australians most associate with a drug problem and the drug they’re most concerned about, according to the latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey. Yet the survey, released today, shows...

Queensland ruling doesn’t mean all COVID vaccine mandates were flawed. Here’s why

Andriy B/ShutterstockThis week, Queensland Supreme Court Justice Glenn Martin declared the state’s COVID vaccine mandate for police officers was unlawful. Martin also found the director-general of Queensland health did not have the power to make vaccine mandates for ambulance service...