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Out on the screen: 50 years of queer cinema in Britain

One of the first British films to depict the 'crime' of homosexuality. When the British parliament passed the Sexual Offences Act of 1967 – which stated that: a homosexual act in private shall not be an offence provided that the parties consent thereto and have attained the age of 21 years' – it ...

Anthill 15: Unexplored places

Into the unknown. pixabay.comIn this episode of The Anthill podcast, we are off exploring. Our theme is unexplored places and we speak to academics who research remote corners of land, sea and space. First, we go for a plunge into the ocean. The deep sea is often called the final frontier, a wild ...

Fact Check: is being in the single market dependent on membership of the EU?

The single market is dependent on membership of the EU. What we've said all along is that we want a tariff free trade access to the European market and a partnership with Europe in the future. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr show on July 23. As a description of the law, ...

Are you 'overfat'? Here are the best ways to tell

Marko Poplasen/ShutterstockAbout 90% of men and 50% of children in developed countries are overfat', according to a new study published in Frontiers in Public Health. Most people will be alarmed by these figures … and the fact that a new term seems to have emerged overnight. What happened to ...

Casting a female Doctor Who wasn't so bold – choosing another white male would have been really risky

Image courtesy of the BBCThe casting of Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor has been celebrated by some and condemned by others as overly politically correct – but was the decision by Doctor Who's latest showrunner Chris Chibnall truly such a risk for the programme? In a recent interview, Chibnall ...

To The Bone: Why Netflix's portrayal of eating disorders has got it all wrong

Lily Collins in To the Bone. NetflixNot many films come with a health warning. But the recent Netflix film To The Bone, which tells the story of 20-year-old Ellen – played by Lily Collins – and her journey through treatment for anorexia, has received just that. The UK's national eating disorder ...

Washington DC's role behind the scenes in Hollywood goes deeper than you think

Hollywood insider. ShutterstockThe US government and Hollywood have always been close. Washington DC has long been a source of intriguing plots for filmmakers and LA has been a generous provider of glamour and glitz to the political class. But just how dependant are these two centres of American ...

As Thailand restricts internet freedom, cyber activists work to keep an open web

ssoosay/ CC BY-SAOn June 9 2017, a Thai man was sentenced to 35 years in jail for sharing Facebook posts. The crime: he allegedly defamed the king. This harsh sentence is just one example of Thailand's increasing repression in the digital sphere. Since the 2014 coup, the Thai military junta has take ...

Global series: Wild world

If frogs can glow in the dark and cockroaches can change history, why couldn't dog-birds exist? Chris Goldberg / CC BY-SAWild world rounds up The Conversation Global's best articles on animals, from glow-in-the-dark frogs to the wood beetles that do humanity's dirty work. Saving Mexico's sea ...

Turkey's Twitter crackdown ratchets up, as state says, Click now to report a user to the police!'

Twitter logo mod from graffiti seen on a wall during protests in Turkey in July 2013 Ian Brown / July 4, Eren Aksoyoğlu, a member of the Turkish Joint June Movement opposition bloc, was taken into custody for a tweet criticising the government's handling of a racially-motivated brawl in Ankara. ...

Australians left to monitor their own NBN broadband speeds

A simple broadband speed test from speedof.me Shutterstock/garagestock/Screenshot from http://speedof.meThe Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has pledged to get tough on any Internet Service Providers that mislead consumers about National Broadband Network speeds. But how do you know if ...

Is the Murray-Darling Basin Plan broken?

A recent expose by the ABC's Four Corners has alleged significant illegal extraction of water from the Barwon-Darling river system, one of the major tributaries of the Murray River. The revelations have triggered widespread condemnation of irrigators, the New South Wales government and its ...

Family trusts often cause more harm than good

There is very little, if anything, to commend discretionary trusts. The benefits they bring, and it's hard to see many, are dwarfed by their destructive and damaging features. Trusts are usually used to allocate money to members of a group, usually a family. Under a discretionary trust, the only way ...

Turnbull's Trump parody was only a brief Twitter hit in June

Secretly recorded video of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull impersonating Donald Trump was a brief Twitter hit in June. But the month was dominated by Australian federal politics and other domestic issues, as Twitter users largely ignored news from Syria, North Korea and other trouble spots. Beyond ...

100 years ago African-Americans marched down 5th Avenue to declare that black lives matter

Silent protest parade in New York against the East St. Louis riots, 1917. Library of CongressThe only sounds were those of muffled drums, the shuffling of feet and the gentle sobs of some of the estimated 20,000 onlookers. The women and children wore all white. The men dressed in black. On the ...

Anaesthesia: the gift of oblivion and the mystery of consciousness – book review

A new book explores consciousness, awareness and memory when under the knife. from www.shutterstock.com.auThe French refer to the emergence from general anaesthesia as réanimation' - literally to restore consciousness. This is a crucial attribute - that consciousness will return following the ...

The bigotry baked into welfare cuts

Relatively few low-income Americans are getting welfare payments these days. Christine Hoi/Shutterstock.comThe budget blueprint the House of Representatives recently unveiled isn't a carbon copy of President Donald Trump's proposal, dubbed A New Foundation for American Greatness.' But they would ...

Stranded in our own communities: Transit deserts make it hard for people to find jobs and stay healthy

Many Americans need reliable public transit to get to school or work. Frank Hank, CC BY-SAAs any commuter who has experienced unreliable service or lives miles away from a bus stop will tell you, sometimes public transit isn't really a viable option, even in major cities. In our car-loving society, ...

Helping your students with disabilities prepare for the future

Planning is important for any teen on their way to college – but for those with disabilities, it's absolutely imperative. NCVO London, CC BY-SASummer is a busy time for high school juniors. They're getting ready to say goodbye to school as they know it and they're researching colleges, visiting ...

Glioblastoma, a formidable foe, faces a 'reservoir of resilience' in McCain

Sen. John McCain returned to the Capitol July 25 to cast what was a tie-breaking vote to proceed to debate a bill to repeal Obamacare. AP Photo/Andrew HarnikAs a naval aviator, John McCain was shot down during the Vietnam War and spent five and a half years as a prisoner of war. He received ...

A philosopher argues why no one has the right to refuse services to LGBT people

Ever since the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that gay people have the right to marry, those upset by this ruling have shifted their strategy from denying the right to limiting its enforcement. Even if gay people have a right to marry, they argue, people also have the liberty to ...

How public feuds on social media and reality TV play out​ in court

How incriminating is your Instagram feed? Jirapong Manustrong/Shutterstock.comFree expression on TV and social media generates big ratings and even bigger online followings. Unscripted reality stars claim to bring their authentic expressions to the public through these channels. Beyond influencing ...

The hidden extra costs of living with a disability

Costs of transportation and accessibility are just two factors that increase cost of living for persons with disabilities. Corepics VOF/shutterstock.comDisability is often incorrectly assumed to be rare. However, global estimates suggest than one in seven adults has some form of disability. The term ...

Senate GOP advances a health care bill. Now what?

On July 25, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell narrowly managed to keep a Republican effort to reform health care alive. We asked our experts to consider the importance of this procedural vote and what happens next. Jeffrey Lazarus, Georgia State University Which bill will it be? Senate ...

Constitution's wide net catches even MPs who had no idea they're foreign citizens

Matt Canavan has been told that he is an Italian citizen. AAP/Mick TsikasCabinet minister Matt Canavan has become the latest federal MP to be tripped up by the Australian Constitution's ban on dual citizens serving in parliament. On Tuesday, the Nationals senator resigned from cabinet, pending an ...

How Putin used propaganda to deftly turn Russians against Ukrainians

A flag with a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin waves over the Moscow crowd during the Vesna festival in March commemorating the Crimean annexation. Vladimir Putin's decade-long media campaign turned Russians against Ukrainians and Ukraine itself before he annexed Crimea in 2014. In my ...

Kindergarten anxiety? Use the summer to prepare your child

When we send children off to school, we are asking them to leave their secure base and head off into the great unknown. It's the first day of kindergarten for your child, and you're not sure who's more anxious. Excitement, trepidation, anticipation. Starting school can be a stressful time. Use the ...

How to make batteries that last forever

This article is part of a series on building the future of batteries. How can we create the batteries we'll need to power our homes, transport and industry, and what's standing in the way? When a battery runs low it usually needs to be manually recharged, but new approaches are being developed to ...

Curious Kids: Why is the sky blue and where does it start?

Earth, shot from space, as it absorbs and reflects rays of light coming from the Sun - the same white-looking rays that give our sky its colour. NASA, CC BYThis is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they'd like an expert to ...

Birdsong has inspired humans for centuries: is it music?

On my first trip to Australia from Paris, I heard a pied butcherbird vocalising on a remote sheep station. It sounded like a jazz flautist in a tree. An explosion of sound in another tree answered, and a duet ensued, then a trio. I had no idea birds sang in ensembles. Low, slow, rich, and enticingly ...

Not jobs and growth but post-capitalism – and creative industries show the way

The creative economy is failing to live up to the fast-growing, young entrepreneurial image it promotes. Ars Electronica/ CC BY-NC-NDThe term creative industries' was first applied to the cultural sector by UK New Labour in 1998, and rapidly gained global traction. It was a kind of Faustian bargain ...

Personal injury insurers are at risk of crashing in the transport systems of tomorrow

Australia has a series of transport injury insurance, compensation and rehabilitation schemes. AAP/Alan PorrittBetween 1955 and 1976, Australian private vehicle ownership more than tripled. This period produced improved population mobility. However, it also created a continuing human and financial ...

What can go wrong in the blood? A brief overview of bleeding, clotting and cancer

Our blood flows through our every organ and gives us life. So problems can have wide-ranging consequences. from www.shutterstock.com.auThis week we're running a series in collaboration with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service looking at blood: what it actually does, why we need it, and what ...

Blood groups beyond A, B and O: what are they and do they matter?

We know about A, B and O - but there are hundreds of other blood groups. from www.shutterstock.com.auThis week we're running a series in collaboration with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service looking at blood: what it actually does, why we need it, and what happens when something goes wrong with ...

Scientific integrity must be defended, our planet depends on it

To conserve Earth's remarkable species, such as the violet sabrewing, we must also defend the importance of science. Jeremy Kerr, Author providedScience is the best method we have for determining what is likely to be true. The knowledge gained from this process benefits society in a multitude of ...

Learning disabilities do not define us

Though challenges like dyslexia can make learning difficult, these disabilities shouldn't define who you are – or what you can do. Tim Kwee, CC BY-NCI am an educator of educators. I teach others how to be the best teachers. But, I'm also different. I have learning challenges. As we celebrate the ...

How to succeed in college with a disability

Whether you have a physical disability, mental illness or learning challenge, there are strategies to help you earn your degree. StocksnapIf you're entering college as a student with a disability, the first thing you should know is that you're not alone. In a study of approximately 11,000 young ...

Do you expect service with a smile? There's a dark side to putting on a happy face

I hope they can't tell I just smashed a plate in rage. By Golden Pixels LLC/ShutterstockAs I was walking through the V&A museum in London a few days ago, two statues immediately grabbed my attention. It was Heraclitus and Democritus, a couple of Greek thinkers known as the weeping and laughing ...

Listen with ears and hearts wide open: lessons from Rastafarian multilingualism

Language and herbs travel thanks to the Rastafarian community around Cape Town. David Harrison/Mail & GuardianThe marketplace of Bellville in Cape Town is an unlikely place to find an example of everyday multilingual diversity applied in an ethical way. But you have to keep your ears peeled as you ...

How mindfulness is helping Kenyan prisoners achieve inner freedom

Inmates at a Kenyan prison wearing bracelets symbolising their new mindful leader identities. Joseph MugathaNaivasha GK Prison is Kenya's largest maximum security prison. Just a few months ago, before the transfer of hundreds of inmates, many of Naivasha's 3000 prisoners were serving life sentences ...

A 10-point plan to accelerate orderly land reform in South Africa

Land reform remains a divisive subject 23 years after democracy in South Africa. FilckrA more than 365 year history of colonialism and apartheid have indelibly affected land, heritage and human rights in South Africa. Among the vast array of discriminatory laws was the Land Act of 1913 that ...

Why the number of people with more than one chronic condition is rising in Africa

Scientists estimate that by 2020, non-communicable disease will account for almost 70% of the total disease burden. ShutterstockMore and more people around the world are getting sick with two or more health conditions at the same time. For example, people are increasingly coping with two chronic ...

Why looking for aliens is good for society

ShutterstockThe search for life elsewhere in the universe is one of the most compelling aspects of modern science. Given its scientific importance, significant resources are devoted to this young science of astrobiology, ranging from rovers on Mars to telescopic observations of planets orbiting ...

Three big problems with Trump's new NAFTA plan

The Trump administration has outlined its plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement . It says the US will seek a much better' agreement that reduces the trade deficit between the US and its partners, Canada and Mexico. In response, the two countries released brief statements ...

The big business revolution: why the future is blockchain

ShutterstockThe value of one bitcoin recently hit a record high of US$3,025, a staggering rise of over 200% in value this year alone. Aswath Damodaran, professor of finance at the New York University, known as Wall Street's dean of valuation', has said that among the younger generation, digital ...

The people who abuse MPs online

It is often perceived that people who abuse MPs with vile, even criminal, comments on social media fit a specific demographic: basement dwelling keyboard warriors', solitary white males, socially inept, often angry with a grudge to bear. But this perception grossly misunderstands the nature of abuse ...

Melanoma tattoos: a simple technique helping doctors develop empathy with patients

Melanoma transfer tattoo Competency is not the only thing you want from your doctor. Compassion and empathy are also requirements of the job. But with increasing demands and pressures in healthcare, it may not always be the case that you receive it. And empathy, which has long interested ...

Squatting against oppression: how refugees are fighting back against border controls

Rasande/Flickr, CC BY-NCAfter surviving the perilous journey to Europe, migrants are met with two seemingly opposite responses. Increasingly, European governments are criminalising migration, militarising borders and expanding detention centres. Meanwhile, non-government organisations are reaching ...

Newspoll 53-47 to Labor, but respondent preferences better for Coalition

This week's Newspoll, conducted Thursday to Sunday from a sample of 1680, gave Labor its fifth consecutive 53-47 lead. Primary votes were 37% Labor , 36% Coalition , 9% Greens and 9% One Nation . This is the Coalition's 16th consecutive Newspoll loss with Turnbull as PM. 34% were satisfied with ...

Nationals' Matt Canavan quits as resources minister in latest citizenship blow

Matt Canavan told a news conference he had been informed he is an Italian citizen. Sonia Kohlbacher/AAPQueensland LNP senator Matt Canavan has resigned as the minister for resources and northern Australia after being told by the Italian embassy that he is an Italian citizen. But unlike two Greens ...