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Gaming or gambling? Often, they coalesce

Legendary: Game of Heroes is a free “intense and strategic puzzle role-playing game,” its developer, N3twork, provides. “Build a team of legendary heroes, go on quests and defeat monsters. Your Legendary adventure begins today!” Although aimed at players aged 12 ...

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‘Not-school’: the future of education?

South Australia allows young people to educationally go with the FLO. FLO (Flexible Learning Option) is an alternative to mainstream schooling. Instead of sitting in classrooms from 9am to 3.30pm, students (often those with mental health, learning or behavioural difficulties) ...

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Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote?

Australia’s youngest senator wants 16-year-olds to do something they’ve never done before: vote. “For far too long, politics has failed to properly represent young people or the issues they care about,” Jordon Steele-John, a 23-year-old West Australian Greens representative, told parliament ...

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New medical guidelines for transgender kids

They may constitute only approximately 1.2 per cent of the population, but until recently, transgender individuals have been excluded from society. In a 2015 speech, former Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson said that of LGBTQI people, “the lingering and most extensive discrimination ...

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The latest research on bouncing back

American developmental psychologist Emmy Werner was one of the first people to ever use the term ‘resilience’.  It came out of her landmark study of children from Kauai, Hawaii, from their birth in 1955 to their late teens, in the 1970s. At the ...

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Teen career uncertainty mostly negative

Much has been made of the inadequacy of careers advice in schools. Regardless, some young people simply know what they want to do for a living earlier than others. Erin, from Bondi in Sydney’s east, knew she wanted to be a ...

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How a 250-year-old company is modifying Google

An encyclopaedia is remaining relevant by augmenting its competitors. Encyclopedia Britannica, which was established in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1768, has created a Google Chrome browser extension that cuts through search engine ‘noise’. Britannica Insights works by delivering encyclopaedic information alongside, say, Google ...

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