Opinion

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Humans, and even pet dogs, are more than just products of genes. As Russell Bonduriansky writes, environments play a vital role in shaping us – even before conception.

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Micro-factories have enormous potential to reduce waste, create jobs and provide business opportunities if the government and businesses get behind them, writes Veena Sahajwalla.

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The immersive film Carriberrie uses virtual reality technololgy to invite the audience into a much-needed dialogue about the threatened culture of Australia's first nations people, writes Kate Gwynne.

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Susan Kiefel's first year as Chief Justice of the High Court has been marked by a welcome degree of consensus, writes Andrew Lynch.

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Wearing face masks to prevent disease and counter pollution is common in many Asian countries, but their effectiveness depends on the type of mask, write C Raina MacIntyre and Abrar Ahmad Chughtai.

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Chris Turney, Jonathan Palmer and Mark Maslin suggest that a single tree provides a potential marker for the start of the Anthropocene, a new geological epoch dominated by human activity.

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Despite rates of spinal fusion being on the rise for chronic back pain sufferers, current evidence doesn't support its effectiveness, write Gustavo Machado, Christine Lin and Ian Harris.

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Homeless people are over-represented in Australia’s prisons, and previously incarcerated people are over-represented among the homeless, writes Sophie Russell.

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Allowing bereaved families to view images from crime and accident scenes can offer them a path to healing, write Kate Rossmanith, Hugh Dillon and Jane Mowll.

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In a national advertising campaign, the Australian Bankers’ Association claims banks belong to all of us. But is that true? Mark Humphrey-Jenner investigates.

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