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Are beards about to go out of fashion?

Beards are back

Patrick Hatch Research by a team of Australian scientists has lead to a startling conclusion: beards could be about to go out of fashion.

Arts Diary

Show and tell

What's happening in the national capital's arts scene this week.

The Zone

Full transcript: Tim Wilson

The Age, The Zone, 24/01/2014
picture Justin McManus.
Tim Wilson - new human rights commissioner.

Michael Short Full interview with Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson.

Groping for truth in the fog of war

Kerin Williams

Heath Gilmore Vietnam War veteran Kerry Williams just wants to reclaim his identity, but the Department of Veterans' Affairs, and another man's family, have been reluctant to hand it back.

Locals priced out by $24 billion Chinese property splurge

Max Mason Close to one-fifth of new properties in Sydney are being bought by wealthy Chinese investors and the flood of money is set to continue.

Quad bike safety: Ban children and make helmets mandatory

Tim Barlass and Laura Banks People under the age of 16 should be banned from riding quad bikes and helmets should be compulsory for all riders, according to a report funded by WorkCover and the Australian Competition and...

Heat extremes rising over land, confounding 'hiatus' claims, scientists say

Peter Hannam Heat extremes over land are occurring more frequently and with greater intensity, a climate shift partly concealed in global mean temperatures by cooling trends over the oceans, a new study has found.

Cootes trucks ordered off road after 'significant failures' found

mona vale tanker

Tim Barlass Further faults have been found in vehicles operated by trucking company Cootes whose petrol tanker was involved in the Mona Vale explosion killing two motorists last October.

Once were warriors

Portrait of Tasmanian Aboriginal Tunnerminnerwait.

Michael Green The two Aboriginal men were dressed wholly in white, including caps and capes, for their public hanging. It was early in the morning, on January 20, 1842.

Pilot killed in light plane crash near Mount Hotham

Peter Brereton was killed in a light plane crash near Mt Hotham.

Mex Cooper Peter Brereton had recently retired after 40 years with the CFA but when help was needed to battle NSW bushfires, he took to the skies.

Government announces anti-bikie taskforce

Tough new bikie laws in Queenslands proposed.

Rania Spooner Federal authorities have fast-tracked a crackdown on bikies with the launch of a six-man Victorian strike team to bolster national disruption efforts.

Sexual harassment levels 'alarming' in rural Australia

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Clay Lucas A 'cultural epidemic' of sexual harassment is taking place in rural Australian workplaces, but little is being done to tackle the issue, according to new research to be presented at Melbourne...

Just a spoonful of sugar helps the aggressiveness go down

Sugar

Nicky Phillips People prone to aggressive behaviour can reduce their outbursts and control their impulse to fight by using their non-dominant hand or consuming a little sugar, new research has found.

Employers warn on misuse of anti-bully laws

Clay Lucas Employees who face the sack could exploit new laws to stop bullying by taking their manager to the national workplace umpire, employer law firms and business groups have warned.

Rise in house prices blamed for boosting financial stress levels

Melbourne.

John Collett After dipping over the first half of this year, financial stress levels are on the rise.

Aboriginal singer Kutcha Edwards and his siblings welcomed to country

Edwards Family

John Elder They started out in rain 10 days ago from the place they'd been taken to as children, Melbourne. They drove the day in a convoy to Swan Hill, grabbed some lunch for the babies and drove on, across...

Heavy justice

Police looking for illicit drugs at Future Music Festival use Passive Alert Detection (PAD) dogs.

Ninio Bucci and Jane Lee When the punching stopped, Sam had pummeled the man unconscious. It was December 2010 and Sam was drunk, standing between a pub and a kebab shop in a country town, about to have his first run-in with...

Scientists find way to make ageing clock stop ticking

Mouse.

Bridie Smith Scientists in Australia and the US believe they have found a way to rewind the ageing process after turning the muscles of a mouse equivalent to a 60-year-old person into those of a 20-year-old.

George Brandis reveals new direction for human rights commission

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis addressed the Senate about ASIO raids in Canberra on Wednesday 4 December 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

AFR 07-12-2013

Deborah Snow Alone among the seven commissioners of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Tim Wilson never had to apply for the job.