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How does drowning happen and how can you prevent it?
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Water safety

How does drowning happen and how can you prevent it?

The idea that a drowning person splashes and calls for help is mostly a myth. How do you spot someone in trouble? What are their chances of surviving once you do? And how well should a child be able to swim?

  • by Julie Power

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What do sharks want – and why do they bite?
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Sharks

What do sharks want – and why do they bite?

Last year was the deadliest for shark attacks since 1929. Why? And what do we really know about the secret lives of sharks?

  • by Sherryn Groch
What is carbon capture and storage (and does it work)?
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Future Power

What is carbon capture and storage (and does it work)?

In part three of our Future Power series, we unpack carbon capture and storage. What are the hopes for it? And why is it so devilishly hard to pull off?

  • by Nick O'Malley
'Survival of the cutest': What are cats and dogs thinking?
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Pets

'Survival of the cutest': What are cats and dogs thinking?

We have spent more time than ever with our four-legged friends during COVID-19 lockdowns. How do they see the world? And what are they really feeling?

  • by Sherryn Groch
Volley with a view: Why (and how) do you hold a grand slam in a pandemic?

Volley with a view: Why (and how) do you hold a grand slam in a pandemic?

What are the rules for Open players? What has the controversy been about? And what's next?

  • by Anthony Colangelo
What can we expect on Biden's Inauguration Day?
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US votes 2020

What can we expect on Biden's Inauguration Day?

How does the transfer of power work? How do the nuclear codes change hands? And when do the Bidens move into the White House?

  • by Felicity Lewis and Chris Zappone
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What is the role of gas in a green economy?
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Future Power

What is the role of gas in a green economy?

In the second part of our series Future Power, we explain why the government wants more gas, and we ask, how clean is natural gas – and what is its future in Australia?

  • by Nick O'Malley and Nick Toscano
Miniskirts and mujahideen: how did Afghanistan come to be defined by war?
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War

Miniskirts and mujahideen: how did Afghanistan come to be defined by war?

It was once a stop on the hippie trail and inspiration for the Lonely Planet guidebooks. So how did Afghanistan come to be defined by war and terrorism?

  • by Maher Mughrabi
How will a second Trump impeachment work?

How will a second Trump impeachment work?

Now that the House has voted to impeach Trump, what happens next? And what is the likelihood he will be convicted?

  • by Michelle Griffin
'Wild West': Who regulates social media and what's Parler?

'Wild West': Who regulates social media and what's Parler?

The deadly Washington riot was organised on social media, where more threats are surfacing for Inauguration Day. Who regulates these platforms? Should more be done to rein them in? Is free speech in danger too?

  • by Sherryn Groch
What's a 'just transition' and can you switch to green energy without sacking coal workers?
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Future Power

What's a 'just transition' and can you switch to green energy without sacking coal workers?

Science says the switch to renewables needs to be fast but workers say it should also be fair. In the first of our explainer series Future Power, we ask how did Germany do it? And could Australia have a 'just transition' too?

  • by Sherryn Groch and Nick O'Malley