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The unfolding courtroom drama has many legal layers to it.
Round one of the 2022 AFLW season was marred by injury - but the reasons run deeper than anatomical differences between genders.
We've had many supermarket shortages since the COVID pandemic began. The emerging crisis now is a bit different.
Folding a paper crane and solving algebra may not seem to have much in common - but there are many similarities.
We all know the habits to avoid, yet so many of us do them anyway: using predictable words, never changing them, or writing them on sticky notes on our monitor.
The pop star says exposure to adult content at a young age had a significant mental impact - so how can we protect our young people while still promoting a healthy relationship with sex?
Left-brain or right-brain? Creative or critical? Analytic or holistic? ECU researchers have developed a short survey to measure individual differences in thinking style.
Buying picture books as Christmas presents? These stories with diverse characters can help kids develop empathy
When children see characters and stories reflecting their background, they can develop a stronger sense of identity. Research also shows reading books with diverse characters and story-lines helps children develop a greater understanding and appreciation of people different to themselves. Dr Helen Adam has some suggestions of diverse picture books to buy kids this Christmas.
Australia is going through another supply chain crisis. Stocks of AdBlue, an exhaust fluid used in newer diesel cars and trucks to reduce pollution, is getting dangerously low.
‘I say Tajikistan or Uzbekistan’: why Afghan refugees feel unwelcome in Australia, even after becoming citizens
Despite the successful integration of some Afghan refugees others face serious challenges in Australia, even after receiving their citizenship.
Australian retailers and unions say there is an epidemic of abuse and aggression towards retail staff. However, this isn't all down to people angry about rules to do with masks, QR codes or vaccination checks. Abuse of retail staff has been a problem for years, writes Dr Nathalie Collins via The Conversation.
The stage show is an undeniable theatrical accomplishment - a spectacular feast for the senses.
They've been a popular means of reducing soreness after a workout, but Professor Ken Nosaka delves into whether foam rollers actually work.
'I was told if I couldn't hack it, I should hand in my uniform.' Volunteers share suicidal thoughts after fighting bushfires
As Australia braces for another bushfire season, new research from Edith Cowan University has revealed how our volunteer firefighters are still reeling from the effects of the catastrophic 2019/20 bushfires.
ECU PhD candidate Casper Avenant explains the beautiful and sometimes deadly relationship between sea turtles and ghost crabs on the beaches of WA's North West coast over summer months.
Why are crowd sizes so apparently open to interpretation? And what’s the most accurate way to estimate them?
WAAPA Guest Lecturer Sonya Suares pays tribute to composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. She explains how his musicals - even those that are 40 or 50 years old - still speak to today's generation.
The self-driving trolley problem: how will future AI systems make the most ethical choices for all of us?
Between driverless cars, autonomous weapons and AI-powered medical diagnostic tools, it seems there will be no shortage of ethically-complex situations involving AI in the future.
Lead female characters are becoming more visible in superhero films, contributing to increasing diversity in the genre, which is certainly worth celebrating. However, a pattern of locating feminist perspectives in the past is emerging, potentially portraying feminism as outdated and irrelevant in the present day.
The teen comedy series set at a British high school teaches viewers about sex and sexuality – often better than school-based classes.
More famous men are wearing dresses, harking back to ancient times, when androgynous clothing was the norm. But for male dresses to truly take off they might need a style separate to women’s.
Family reunions are being planned around Australia, which is exciting but may also raise uncertainty for grandparents who have been separated from grandchildren.
There are many female lecturers in universities – but far fewer senior lecturers. We set out to find out why.
Local training is the best long-term solution to Australia’s skills shortages – not increased migration
There has been a significant rise in local enrolments in courses linked to apprenticeships and traineeships, which is a more sustainable way of addressing gaps in the workforce.
Education experts Dr Helen Adam and Dr Pauline Roberts explain the role of artificial intelligence in early education.
It was the best five years of my life!’ How sports programs are keeping disadvantaged teens at school
Participation in specialist sport programs keeps teenagers from low socioeconomic backgrounds at school and boosts their maths grades.
20 years ago Apple released the iPod. With more than 400 million units sold since its release, there’s no doubt it was a success. Two decades later, the digital music landscape continues to rapidly evolve.
Previous research has shown that more than 40 per cent of Year 12 students experience anxiety symptoms high enough to be of clinical concern. Parents can feel hopeless when their child is experiencing the huge emotional burden of preparing for their final exams. Sometimes our best intentions may make our children (and ourselves) feel worse. Eimear Quigley writes about the ways parents can support their children through this difficult time.
Just like the TV show, company CEOs have a big influence on who gets appointed to high-ranking positions – and maintaining the status quo is often a priority.
Facebook has announced a research project that aims to push the “frontier of first-person perception”, and in the process help you remember where your left your keys.
Besties with your boss? If you want to keep working from home, you may need to open up to your manager
We seem destined to split our time working between the office and home, which will require some changes.
Why hasn’t my parcel arrived yet? Delivery and supply chain problems are multiplying – and yes, it’ll probably affect Christmas
Waiting times are getting longer – but we can’t just blame it all on Australia Post.
ECU research shows plain water isn’t your best post-workout option.
Guide to the classics: written in 1915, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland imagines society without men
From the author of The Yellow Wallpaper, Herland is a feminist classic: darkly comic and rich with irony.
The decline of China’s second-biggest property developer will have massive ramifications for Australia.
Australians are being bombarded with ‘missed parcel’ SMS messages that aren’t as they seem…
In the war on terror, the best move a leader can make is to get their message right.
IP addresses serve a similar function to postal addresses. Postal addresses allow our mail to circulate, while IP addresses allow network traffic to move around the internet.
From bushfires to floods to COVID-19: how cumulative disasters can harm our health and erode our resilience
In the past two years alone, Australians have lived through bushfires, floods, cyclones, and an ongoing pandemic.
Afghan women’s participation in cricket has ramifications for international sport and Australia is watching closely ahead of a scheduled test match in November.
New research shows emergency workers and clean-up crews are still facing myriad health problems – and it could get even worse.
Sweeping police powers for online surveillance and hacking raise concerns over privacy and security.
Is Google getting worse? Increased advertising and algorithm changes may make it harder to find what you’re looking for
Leaving aside the commercial interests, is Google actually delivering when we Google?
‘A singular vision’: new film tells the touching story of musician and Triffids founder David McComb
By the late 1980s, The Triffids were filling stadia all over Europe, but in 1989, they disbanded, leaving a legacy of tender, lyrical songs and memorable performances.
Australia should work towards adopting a mandatory age-verification system for gambling and pornography websites, according to a recommendation from the federal parliamentary cross-party committee on social and legal issues.
Only 18% of books available in four Australian childcare centres include non-white characters. Animal characters make up around half the books available, with the animals largely leading lives, and adhering to values, of middle-class Caucasians.
The way you pursue your goals can be the difference between maintaining happiness or feeling stressed. Try not to overthink it and break big goals up into smaller, more manageable ones.
Calculating pi with unprecedented accuracy has zero scientific usefulness. But as a show of computing muscle and a mathematical curiosity, it’s endlessly intriguing.
With a bit of preparation, role play and modelling behaviour, preparing your child for a covid test can be plain sailing.
Muscles are important, but the real secret is using training and technique to store and reuse elastic energy in the best way possible.
Completely sealing a city or a region is not unprecedented. It happened last year in China, India, Italy and France.
There are different versions of ‘English’ in different states, with various titles and levels of difficulty. It’s important to choose the right one to reach your desired destination.
Gymnasts at the Tokyo Olympics can perform some of the most complex skills humans can perform - but at their heart is an instinctive process that can help teach us mere mortals how to stay safe from falls.
Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has been considering whether whipping cream canisters containing nitrous oxide should be placed in Schedule 10 of the Poisons Standard.
Yes, adult literacy should be improved. But governments can make their messages easier to read right now
A parliamentary inquiry is looking into how to improve literacy levels among Australian adults. But the government can act now to make some information and services more accessible.
While attention has been given to Australians stranded overseas during the pandemic, much of this has related to adults. But what does human rights law say about children in this situation? Associate Professor Joshua Aston explains.
The most effective solution is also the most radical.
The NSW government has secured an extremely toxic bait to try to end the mouse plague. But there are safer alternatives.
An employee, not a contractor: unfair dismissal ruling against Deliveroo is a big deal for Australia’s gig workers
The ruling by Australia’s Fair Work Commission that online food delivery platform Deliveroo unfairly dismissed driver Diego Franco marks a major shift in the Australian “gig” economy.
From collecting stamps and organising dolls as a child, a fascination with order and patterns has led Edith Cowan University’s Professor Caroline Finch to rise to the top of the research work in sports injury prevention and recovery.
New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern has called for “ethical algorithms” to help stop online radicalisation. But what are ‘ethical algorithms’ and how should tech companies use them?
Remember, Apple AirTags and ‘Find My’ app only work because of a vast, largely covert tracking network
AirTags promise to help find your lost wallet or bag. But at worst, they could be used for stalking, and at best they involve signing up to a global tracking network most users aren’t truly aware of.
The 2021-22 budget includes funding for 15 hours per week of free preschool education for all children in the year before school. This is great, but we need more detail.
NSW deputy premier threatens to sue FriendlyJordies, reminding us that parody hits in a way traditional media can’t
Dr Laura Glitsos writes about the key role parody and satirisation play in the nation’s political discourse.
Women students are in the majority in Australian higher education. Yet women experience unique gender barriers to success.
Apple’s new ‘app tracking transparency’ has angered Facebook. How does it work, what’s all the fuss about, and should you use it?
Apple’s latest iPhone operating system lets you opt out of having your online habits tracked by the apps you use. That’s a big part of Facebook’s business model, but don’t expect a privacy revolution.
Australia’s looming skills shortage is a big concern. But increasing migration is only a short-term fix.
Menulog, Australia’s second-largest food ordering and delivery platform, has declared it will break with the standard “gig platform” business model and engage some of its couriers as employees, not independent contractors.
Over the long weekend reports emerged of an alleged data breach, impacting half a billion Facebook users from 106 countries.
Microdosing has become something of a wellness trend in recent years, gathering traction in Australia and overseas. ECU research has revealed some benefits of microdosing may be comparable to other wellness activities such as yoga.
Australia is among the most affected countries by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of tourism revenue loss. More flexible, strategic and differentiating international border policies are needed to avoid significant damage to the tourism industry.
Universities are a prime target for cyber attacks and the weakest links in their defences are all the non-expert users of their systems. Teaching everyone basic cyber hygiene is vital.
Business etiquette has one golden rule: treat others with respect and care. But how can you encourage cyber-safe behaviour at work without becoming the office grouch?
Whether an employer can insist on vaccination as a condition of employment is an ambiguous legal question, as shown by two recent unfair dismissal cases.
The good news is that any shortages are likely to be very short-lived – even if this lockdown continues beyond its scheduled five days, says ECU’s Dr Flavio Macau, via The Conversation
Nobody likes getting needles, but for some, needle phobia can be a serious barrier to health care. Here's how you can help your kids to not dread the jab.
With school closures across 2020, teenagers used mobile phones even more frequently than before. But their use has an effect on their sleep.
Will Australia legalise ecstasy and magic mushrooms to treat mental illness? Here’s why it’s still too soon
The regulatory body is currently considering whether psychiatrists should be allowed to prescribe MDMA and psilocybin to treat mental illness.
Anxiety about starting school is common – among both children and parents. This can be for many reasons, but it’s useful to keep in mind exposure to our fears helps reduce anxiety.
Many of us will have received new gadgets this festive season. But how can we ensure these are set up safely? And what’s the best way to discard of old devices being replaced?
With protection underfoot and ventilation on top, the thong is the perfect summer shoe for Australian conditions. Pity it’s not really Australian.
It’s that time of year again, with Christmas parties, end-of-year get-togethers and holiday catch-ups. Here’s what you can do to bolster your gut microbiome in the coming weeks and months.
Checking in and keeping up with our friends is an important part of maintaining relationships. During the pandemic, technology stepped in where face-to-face interactions weren't possible.
Smartwatches, Fitbits, drones and other internet connected toys have many educational, interactive and social benefits. However, parents should also be aware of the potential privacy risks.
While some viruses gradually disappear, most viruses are actually really clever at finding ways to hide, just waiting for an opportunity to come back.
Taking proper sick leave has never been more crucial. So why are people still ‘soldering on’ at work
Soldiering on — also known as “sickness presenteeism” — is alive and well even in 2020. If a pandemic won’t get workers to call in sick, then what will?
Attacks against the health-care sector are dangerous at any time. But when services are under pressure from COVID-19, an all-out cyber attack against the health sector could be very damaging.
If you're ordering gifts online this year, how late can you leave it to guarantee they arrive in time?
Australia loses female talent at every stage of the STEM pipeline. A program in which educators and industry work together to help women gain in-demand skills is one piece in the puzzle.
Self-driving car company Waymo, owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, announced its autonomous vehicles are now available to the general public
Parents can find it difficult to choose a childcare service, given the plethora of types on offer. Here are three of the most well-known alternative educational philosophies explained.
Advanced apprenticeships will boost skills for future jobs, but not in time to counter COVID impacts
The government is investing to strengthen the link between training and future industry needs. But the training program will not solve the unemployment problems and skills mismatch in the short term, given Covid-19's impact on the economy.
Andrew Forrest’s high-tech plan to extinguish bushfires within an hour is as challenging as it sounds
The philanthropic foundation of mining billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest has unveiled a plan to transform how Australia responds to bushfires.
Why are passwords so hard to get right and what can we do about it?
Helping small businesses survive isn't all about tax breaks, red tape and industrial relations changes. Here are four other things governments can do.
Want more meaningful work? Find an employer committed to environmental sustainability, social responsibility and most of all inclusive leadership.
With face masks now compulsory or recommended in various parts of the country, how are facial recognition systems functioning?
Handing management to algorithms creates 'black-box bosses' whose decision-making is hard to understand or question.
Masks have emerged as unlikely fashion heroes as the COVID-19 pandemic has developed. Here are some of the highlights (and lowlights) of masks as fashion items through the ages.
Amid global chaos and uncertainty, Instagram offers up the world as stable, simple and good-looking. No wonder it is set to overtake Twitter as a news source.
Five experts tell the stories behind species they’ve named or researched, from a Hugh Jackman-esque spider to a tiny crustacean named for the researcher’s partner’s swimming prowess.
While mental health advocates and support groups are right to remind people who are struggling that it’s "OK not to be OK" during this pandemic, it's important to remember it's "OK to be OK" too, writes Associate Professor Erin Smith via The Conversation.
Why is the federal government examining this app so closely? Could it really be a tool used by the Chinese government to spy on us? Associate Professor Paul Haskell-Dowland and Dr James Jin Kang explain.
The 2020 Closing the Gap Report was tabled in federal parliament on February 12. It showed there are still significant gaps in almost all of the targets. Only early child education attendance and year 12 attainments were on track.
Hand-written letters and posted bills are disappearing. Australia Post must diversify and innovate to survive in the future.
The 2020 Closing the Gap Report was tabled in federal parliament on February 12. It showed there are still significant gaps in almost all of the targets. Only early child education attendance and year 12 attainments were on track.
In the wake of #MeToo and as we emerge from COVID-19 physical distancing measures, there is still more that can be done to protect those seeking to pursue careers in the performing arts.
In recent months, food security concerns have emerged for nations across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, as swarms of desert locusts wreak havoc on crops. But drone technology is offering up solutions.
Making sure children have access to books showing diversity is one step in breaking the cycle that leads to entrenched racism.
Fraudsters have managed to exploit security gaps in the federal government’s early release of super scheme. Here’s what to look out for.
As COVID-19 lockdown measures are lifted, some children may experience social anxiety about the prospect of returning to school.
Jacinda Ardern's coolness under pressure, self-discipline and the decisiveness of her government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has led some to call her the most effective national leader in the world.
Not only does slashing environmental regulation invite lasting harm to nature, it also makes little economic sense.
As the world looks beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, will nurses’ vital role be forgotten, once again becoming invisible to policy, resourcing and planning?
The sudden shift to a completely online workday has left many people overwhelmed and exhausted. ECU business etiquette expert Dr Nathalie Collins has some advice for managing your digital day.
Language has been a silent victim in the COVID-19 pandemic, and ECU language expert warns the damage may be irreparable. Dr Annamaria Paolino, a language researcher in ECU’s School of Education reflected on how the loss of the world’s older generations could affect the language and culture of nations.
Just as office workers need to be aware of cyber risks when setting up a home office, parents need to think about the increased exposure their children will face to cyber threats at home.
Large households, poor health literacy, not enough soap and vaccines, scepticism of mainstream services. These are some of the reasons urban Aboriginal people face increased risks.
ECU Lecturer and Psychotherapist Karen Anderson has used key research and her own observations working on the frontline of counselling to explain the impact of this pandemic on the grief process, and how we can better manage our grief when the usual rites of passage are not possible.
People hate boredom. Some would rather get a painful shock than sit in a room with nothing to do for 15 minutes. But boredom spurs us on to create and can help focus our attention.
Lack of PPE is causing Australian frontline healthcare workers to question their willingness to work
Research led by Edith Cowan University (ECU) has confirmed that difficulty accessing personal protective equipment (PPE) is forcing healthcare workers on the frontline to question their willingness to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ECU’s Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is making sure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have accurate and culturally appropriate information to combat COVID-19.
Why do you lose your voice when you scream too much? ECU Speech pathology expert Associate Professor Deborah Hersh answers this ‘curious kids’ question.
Most attacks happen without a victim even realising it. And you're not 'safe' just because your device is in sleep mode or hibernation.
During this time of social isolation, it's tempting to reach for food, but a healthy balance remains important.
How can you keep your mind and body strong while stuck at home during COVID-19? Ecology and health expert Professor Pierre Horwitz from Edith Cowan University believes the key is to get outside and breathe some fresh air.
In these challenging times we all need to create a new reality or ‘new normal’ in our everyday lives. These tips may help seniors maintain their motivation and stick with exercise routines while at home.
The panic caused by novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is being exploited by threat actors for phishing and data exfiltration, and malware distribution. The massive increase of remote workers, many of whom apply poor security measures on their computing devices, have opened new avenues for exploitation.
Despite intense preparations currently underway at schools to roll out online instruction there are real concerns that some students will be left behind.
With #StayAtHome and social distancing now becoming a way of life, an increasing number of people are relying on the internet for work, education and entertainment. This has placed greater demand on our network infrastructure, reducing the bandwidth available for each user, and is leaving people frustrated at seemingly slow internet speeds.
Anxiety levels often soar in Year 12, but COVID-19 adds another layer of stress. However, according to ECU Associate Professor Joanne Dickson ‘threats’ also create opportunities, such as developing new skills and the prospect of personal growth.
Will essential frontline workers simply stop turning up to work? That is a question that ECU's Associate Professor Erin Smith has been asking for over a decade.
With remote working becoming an urgent challenge for many during the COVID-19 pandemic, Professor of Work and Wellbeing Tim Bentley explores the pros and cons of working from home.
Instead of going after large corporate networks, which often have multiple defences, cybercriminals can now simply target people's home networks.
Couch culture - six months’ worth of expert picks for what to watch, read and listen to in isolation
Need ways to get your culture hit from home? Experts including ECU’s Dr Donna Mazza have recommendations to help arts lovers stay connected.
Panic buying, shop shelves emptied of toilet paper, hand sanitiser, pasta and other household supplies, supermarkets policing limits on buying products, Amazon and eBay stopping opportunists from selling items at exorbitant prices. When will things get back to normal?
Stay calm, stick to the facts and talk to your children about your own feelings on coronavirus and COVID-10 disease, according to Dr Mandie Shean via The Conversation.
The wool industry was paralysed for several days after hackers held to ransom the IT system that governs almost all wool sales in Australia and New Zealand. More attacks are a case of if, not when.
In the wake of Australia’s first coronavirus-related death on Sunday, the nation now has just a small window of opportunity to avoid hitting the panic button.
Women’s sport is providing compelling stories and the brands involved are reaping the benefits.
Etiquette is a cornerstone of social interaction, and what we learn from it is this: it is not the distance that matters. Showing each other we care is what brings us closer together.
The internet is awash with videos that claim to use 'binaural beats' to improve your focus or relieve stress. But while they can influence your brain, the touted mood-enhancing effects may not be.
Nearly half of the jobs in OECD countries are at significant risk of being automated over the next ten to 15 years
With so many swear words on book covers, where do writers go from here to express fear, horror, rage and disgust? Dr Donna Mazza writes for The Conversation.
Most of us are familiar with the concept of psychological trauma. But what is collective trauma, and how can we tackle it in the wake of the bushfire crisis?
When setting a new year's goals, look closely at the reasoning behind it. Is it something you want to do, or think you should? The answer can help predict the outcome.