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AIHW REPORT: THE HEALTH OF AUSTRALIA'S MUMS AND BUBS VARIES BY WHERE THEY LIVE
The health of Australia’s pregnant women and their babies has improved across a range of health indicators, with infant death rates and the rate of women smoking during pregnancy on the decline, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY NOW PREPARING FOR THE END OF THE QUEEN'S REIGN
A spokesperson for the UK Prime Minister has confirmed that when the Commonwealth heads of government meet in England later this week they will decide who will be head of the Commonwealth of Nations after the present Queen. That may not be Prince Charles.



SYNTHETIC LIFE – A BRAVE NEW WORLD
From pollution-free fuels that can be harvested from vats of yeast, to viruses being programmed to be cancer killers, synthetic life is a game-changer for all of us.  To its opponents it is a frightening concept of humans messing with the laws of nature, bringing unforeseen consequences.  To its proponents, developing synthetic life is the answer to many of the problems we’ve already created.  It’s the fix.  
 

RADICAL PLAN UNDERWAY TO SAVE THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
Many of the scientists trying to save the Great Barrier Reef from terminal decline believe we are already out of time.  As a result, they have begun a radical action plan which involves fast-tracking the evolution of coral, helping it to adapt to the realities of warmer waters that (until now) have been killing it.
 



AUSSIE MAN RISKING 10 YEARS JAIL TO TRY TO SAVE ‘THE KINGSWOOD’ AS OUR DIPLOMATS REFUSE TO HELP
Australian officials have refused to intervene in the case of an Australian man who is facing a potential 10 years in jail, should he dare to challenge French customs agents who have mistaken his ‘barn find’ Kingswood as a drug transporter.  The French claim the vehicle has ‘hiding places’ – but what they’re looking at is part of standard design on the Aussie classic.
 
 
 

 
 
 

LOVING RATS & MICE - A NATIONAL CHALLENGE
Australians love their marsupials.  Our kangaroos and koalas.  Our wombats and quokkas, to name just a few.  But now we’re being challenged to extend the love to our remarkable native rodents.  That’s right, rats and mice.  (Some of them used to be the height of fashion.)