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Five big trends in Australians getting scammed

Scam artists' age-old hustles are increasingly being supplemented by digital chicanery, resulting in Australians losing an estimated $2 billion to fraudsters in 2021. Here are some of their most lucrative modern tricks.

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What’s driving Uber’s historic agreement with the TWU on gig work

The transport giant has largely treated its workforce as independent contractors rather than employees with rights to benefits, but it has now agreed to a statement of principles that re-regulate work in the Australian rideshare and food delivery industry.

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Goodbye Internet Explorer. You won’t be missed (but your legacy will be remembered)

After 27 years, Microsoft has finally bid farewell to the web browser Internet Explorer, and will redirect users to the latest version of its Edge browser. Microsoft has ended support for Explorer on several versions of Windows 10. Explorer will remain a working browser, but won’t be protected as new threats emerge.

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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.

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Why are female-led superhero films stuck in the past?

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 However, a pattern of locating feminist perspectives in the past is emerging, potentially portraying feminism as outdated and irrelevant in the present day.

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40% of year 12s suffer high anxiety. At exam time, here’s what parents can do to help

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.

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Behind the numbers

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.

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Another year of hard borders could crush the tourism sector

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.

Featured in | The Conversation

Curious Kids: how does a virus stop?

While some viruses gradually disappear, most viruses are actually really clever at finding ways to hide, just waiting for an opportunity to come back.

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It's OK to be OK: how to stop feeling 'survivor guilt' during COVID-19

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.