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Magic mushrooms to soothe the dying

Magic mushrooms to soothe the dying

A landmark study in Australia will use psilocybin to induce what's come to be known as a "classical mystical experience". Is this the start of a "mushrooming mental health zeitgeist"?

What we lose with the decline of mainstream science journalists

What we lose with the decline of mainstream science journalists

"There are huge demands on journalists now, and if they don't have access or the knowledge of the right sources, they can get things wrong."

All the basic facts and stats on pills and drug deaths in Australia

All the basic facts and stats on pills and drug deaths in Australia

A guide to the constant hot button issue of ecstasy, outside the culture wars.

How women are copping it from all sides over fertility rates 

How women are copping it from all sides over fertility rates 

Women and girls are being held responsible for national and global demographics by under- and over-population scaremongers alike.

Politicians and police are killing young Australians

Politicians and police are killing young Australians

Young people continue to die at music festivals despite a well-established means of reducing the risk. Why are we so contemptuous of the lives of our youth?

The echoing failure of public-private hospitals

The echoing failure of public-private hospitals

For decades, public-private partnerships led to dysfunctional hospitals. Why did the NSW government think Northern Beaches would be any different?

The cost of Australia's 'loneliness crisis'

The cost of Australia's 'loneliness crisis'

After increasing attention around the world, we're now seeing calls for a local "loneliness minister". Can the state really fill the void?

What’s next for NSW abortion laws?

What’s next for NSW abortion laws?

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian voted against a foetal personhood bill in 2013. Will she do so again?

Let's not talk about sex, baby

Let's not talk about sex, baby

With the advice on the needs, benefits and restrictions of sex being constantly yelled at us, it's a wonder how anybody retains any sort of libido in the West at all.

Aged care royal commission the latest in a very long line of inquiries

Aged care royal commission the latest in a very long line of inquiries

There have been scores of inquiries into aged care since 1997. Will the royal commission do what the rest haven't?