Living in Kenya, Jomo Kigotho and his family saw first-hand the devastation wrought by malaria. Meet the man now on a mission to fight the disease.


So what is this “social contract” that both the pro- and anti-vaxxers use in their arguments, and what does social contract language add to the vaccination debate?

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We can think of the social contract as the glue that holds society together.


Heard the one about the Scottish physiotherapist wearing a vulva suit? It’s spawned an international collaboration examining the effectiveness of humour in serious health messaging.

“As long as you can make it funny, you can get away with any social taboo; it doesn’t matter how dire.”


Recent incidents involving female athletes underscore a long history of sexualisation and policing of women’s bodies and behaviours, but things are changing, albeit slowly.

Flipping the narrative: US gymnast Simone Biles in action at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil
US gymnast Simone Biles in action at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil.

They matter because around the world, people — including children — are seeing these images.


Mind wandering and mind blanking are everyday life phenomena, but what’s happening in our brains when our attention lapses?

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We can sometimes express both markers of sleep and wake in different parts of the brain.


Britney Spears isn’t the first female performer to have been forcibly committed to psychiatric treatment, often by family members. But by being given a platform for her voice, she highlights the broader institutional forces that accompany and compound mental illness.


Here’s what I learnt about changing the cycle of gendered abuse.

We can break our silence, and support the push towards ending violence against women, children, and people of all genders.

As men we also know it’s more than just a few “bad apples”. Violence is enacted by a significant number of “normal” men.



Since COVID-19, soaps and sanitisers are ubiquitous, but researchers warn that the antibacterial additives they contain are dangerous to our health.

Superbugs resistant to medicines are predicted to kill 10 million people a year by 2050.


Why do so many miscarriages happen in the first two weeks of pregnancy? This radical world-first invention may answer this question and open up a pathway towards new therapies for infertility and congenital disease.

Game-changers: Monash researchers (from left) Jia Tan, Jose Polo and Xiaodong (Ethan) Liu.
Game-changers: Monash researchers (from left) Jia Tan, Jose Polo and Xiaodong (Ethan) Liu.

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