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Do anti-suicide barriers really save lives? Yes!

It’s often argued that anti-suicide barriers at jumping sites are a waste of time: those intent on killing themselves go elsewhere. However a recent study says barriers really do save lives

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Are our cities just clusters of traditional country towns?

The idea that a big city should be turned into a “20 minute city” is marketing fluff. People don’t live in cities of two to five million so they can replicate some idea of traditional country town life

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Do super-sized supermarkets cause obesity?

A study of eight countries concludes there’s a strong correlation between obesity and the size of supermarkets. The authors suggest large supermarkets emphasise quantity over quality

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Does using public transport make the community healthier?

A new US study finds that mode share and accessibility by public transport aren’t correlated significantly with health outcomes. If the study’s right, how could that be?

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Is promoting health and fitness a winning strategy for cycling?

Emphasising the exercise and health benefits is a good way to promote cycling in the short term but it might make it harder to win serious mode share in Australian cities in the long run

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Are these outer suburbs “food deserts”?

Michelle Obama popularised the idea that “food deserts” with too few healthy food stores (and too many fast food outlets) are a key cause of bad health, but it misses the underlying problem

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Building an education revolution: 600 schools in five years!

Nick Bastow’s great great grandfather was one of Australia’s most influential architects. In the 1870s he built what today would be an average of five schools in every Melbourne suburb

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Do barriers reduce the number of suicides?

It’s often argued that anti-suicide barriers at jumping sites are a waste of time: those intent on killing themselves go elsewhere. However a recent study says barriers really do save lives

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What’s the geography of licensed firearms?

Licensed gun ownership is mostly a country phenomenon, but even if you live in the inner suburbs it’s likely there are hundreds of firearms in dwellings within the same postcode as you

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A new high school for inner city Sydney – what can we learn?

The Member for the seat of Sydney is campaigning for a new high school in his electorate. Controversially, he’s proposing giving local students access to selective Sydney High

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