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The most common reason for intimate partner homicide was jealousy, followed by gain, and then love. shutterstock The dialogue surrounding couples in which a homicide takes place often focuses on a history of domestic violence within the relationship, rather than the reasons the offender killed their partner. The importance of domestic violence notwithstanding, why do people sometimes kill the ones they love? The latest figures…

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The Ashes may be over once again, but one of the biggest talking points during the cricket test series between Australia and England was the continued meteoric rise of Australian captain Steve Smith as a test batsman. There was much speculation as to whether Smith is the best Australian test batsman – bar Donald Bradman – ever to have played the game. “The Don” Bradman…

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How to make a charity board look more like this. www.shutterstock.com Bemoaning a lack of diversity on the boards that run UK charities, a recent report from the Charity Commission called for a national campaign to encourage a wider range of people to serve as trustees. It’s clear that a change of tack is needed to recruit a more diverse range of charity trustees. We…

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The rush of dopamine upon opening a subscription box is similar to the one experienced by gamblers. hectore/Flickr, CC BY-SA Everyone can relate to that excitement of ripping open a present or the anticipation before discovering what a package in the post contains. In fact, the rush of good feeling is very similar to what gamblers experience and it’s this type of psychological effect that…

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Sometimes it’s not clear to the consumer how Google search results come about, and what they show. from www.shutterstock.com Yesterday the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched an inquiry into digital platforms including Google and Facebook. Chairman of the ACCC Rod Sims said: The ACCC will look closely at longer-term trends and the effect of technological change on competition in media and advertising. We…

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This article is part of our Building on Heritage series on preserving heritage buildings and places while making them as sustainable as possible. Conservation of built heritage protects buildings and spaces, but can also lead to confusion, contention or resentment. Property owners and planners clash when conservation strategies are perceived to unreasonably impede development. Effective community participation in conservation decisions can reduce these conflicts, as…

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Mike Mozart/Flickr, CC BY-SA …a person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language. Dale Carnegie’s line from his bestseller book ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ rings especially true in the retail sector. From packets of Tim Tams and jars of Vegemite to luxury hand bags, today’s marketing is stamping our names on the things we buy,…

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For research to have an impact, it needs to be used or applied in some way. Shutterstock Starting in 2018, Australian universities will be required to prove their research provides concrete benefits for taxpayers and the government, who fund it. Education Minister Simon Birmingham recently announced the Australian Research Council (ARC) will introduce an Engagement and Impact Assessment. It will run alongside the current Excellence…

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One day we could have an intelligent robot cook up surprise meals at home. Besjunior/Shutterstock Industrial robots have existed since the 1960s, when the first Unimate robotic arm was installed at a General Motors plant in the United States. Nearly six decades on, why don’t we have capable robots in our homes, beyond a few simple domestic gadgets? One of the reasons is that the…

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As Queensland approaches its election day on Saturday, the social media campaign for votes continues alongside. But over the final two weeks, the focus of that campaign has gradually shifted. Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s plan to veto a potential A$1 billion loan to the Adani mine project resulted in a considerable drop in Adani-related tweets directed at Queensland candidates, and that pattern has held through…

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