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Best of the world in pictures:

December 16th, 2018

The best images from around the world, chosen by the Herald's photo editors.


It's a breather, Premier, but not one you might wish for:

December 15th, 2018

While some ethnic groups are producing bigger families, especially Lebanese, Pakistanis and Samoans, Sydney would be losing numbers without migrants.


Balgowlah boys break the HSC mould when it comes to English:

December 15th, 2018

When it comes to HSC English, the honour roll looks very different this year.


Plants hate green thumbs – science backs hands-off gardening approach:

December 15th, 2018

Are the plants greener on the other side of your fence? Ever wonder what the secret to a healthy garden? New research dispels the green thumb myth, backs a hands-off approach in the yard and on the farm.


Superquiz and Target, Sunday, December 16:

December 15th, 2018

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


'Cult of kindness': Sales and Crabb Chat 10 Looks 3 an online hit:

December 15th, 2018

Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb are two of the ABC’s most popular broadcasters but their Chat 10 Looks 3 podcast and Facebook group is the social media star of 2018.


Why Tony, Whyalla's still on the map ... and powering ahead:

December 15th, 2018

The steel town's future looks bright as British magnate Sanjeev Gupta promises to invest billions.


Powerful devices in the 5G era: Do mobile phones cause cancer?:

December 15th, 2018

Mobile phones are more powerful than ever and Australia is about to usher in the 5G era. But what are official cancer statistics telling us about our devices?


Parents 'at their wits' end' trying to stop sons' gaming:

December 15th, 2018

Video of a Western Sydney man allegedly hitting his partner as she begged him to stop playing Fortnite was a manifestation of parents' worst fears.


Hubbub over Canberra’s troubling bubbledom:

December 15th, 2018

How one would like a dollar for every time one meets a Canberran who shudders at the thought of Canberra becoming more like a real city.


'Out of step': Why sex discrimination is permitted by members' clubs:

December 15th, 2018

Men-only clubs have been criticised by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, but other clubs ban men from being members.


In the religious freedom debate, the bullies are playing the victim:

December 15th, 2018

Religious institutions continue to enjoy privileged status under our tax system while simultaneously demanding taxpayer-funded handouts for their schools and insisting on exemptions from secular anti-discrimination laws.


'I want to tell my children': The history hidden in Berndt's notebooks:

December 15th, 2018

Vince Copley knows the history of his people, the Ngadjuri, is safely stored in a museum vault. But he is barred from gaining access to its secrets.


Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday, December 15:

December 14th, 2018

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Girl power: girls' schools trounce boys' and co-ed schools in the HSC:

December 14th, 2018

Girls schools shone in the 2018, outstripping their boys' and co-ed counterparts


Cuts to research and development are unsustainable:

December 14th, 2018

Next year, we are now projected to spend a smaller share of our economy on research than we did in 1978.


Australia has much to celebrate - and to fear:

December 14th, 2018

Australia is one of the most successful and attractive countries on earth. It also has a fair bit to worry about.


Plans for religious protections complicated by one thing:

December 14th, 2018

People often equate the issue of religious discrimination with religious freedom. Only the two aren’t quite the same.


The soul-destroying reality behind our shrinking home sizes:

December 15th, 2018

Our enthusiasm for tiny homes and the drop in the average area of a house, isn't cause for celebration.


Tablet interactive: Capon too ill to return to his beloved Australia:

December 14th, 2018

Edmund Capon single-handedly turned Australia's art world on its head with a mix of chutzpah and brinkmanship that blew away cobwebs in our cultural icons.


'I'm just relieved': HSC students react to ATAR results:

December 14th, 2018

Friday was a rollercoaster of emotions for thousands of HSC students as their ATARs were revealed.


We can do without much of the school curriculum - but not this:

December 14th, 2018

“Creativity” and “teamwork”, for instance - could go altogether. They’re life skills, and you learn them by living. Literacy, on the other hand, is priceless. It has to be taught.


Schools that punched above their weight in the 2018 HSC:

December 14th, 2018

At some schools in Sydney, getting students to the high school finish line is an achievement in itself, yet some of them are doing much better than expected.


'An extraordinary achievement': The 15-year-old who got a 99.95 ATAR:

December 14th, 2018

Ethan Tan is not the youngest student to receive an ATAR, but he's the youngest ever to get the highest possible rank.


Ex-ICAC boss says Obeid would be a free man under Morrison's plan:

December 14th, 2018

The men who helped put one of Australia's most corrupt politicians behind bars say Scott Morrison's anti-corruption commission could not expose a future Eddie Obeid.


Sisonke Msimang: Awakening:

December 14th, 2018

Life and death: a seven-year-old's journey from innocence to understanding.


The corrosive truth about Australia’s illegal skin cancer treatment:

December 15th, 2018

“it would be like putting a strong acid on your skin”: Researchers probe the composition of controversial black salve paste.


Mother charged after baby girl's body discovered on Gold Coast beach:

December 14th, 2018

The mother of a baby girl found dead on a Queensland beach has been extradited to NSW to appear in court.


UTS to open Australia's first Indigenous residential college:

December 13th, 2018

UTS will build an indigenous residential college to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to go to university


Target and superquiz, Friday, December 14:

December 13th, 2018

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Editorial cartoon:

December 13th, 2018

The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of Fairfax's cartoonists.


Could Packer be prepared to punt on Golden Eagle?:

December 13th, 2018

Crown Resorts are interested in sponsoring next year’s $7.5 million Golden Eagle after wagering giant TAB withdrew a $500,000 offer.


Let's end our neo-liberal school testing fixation:

December 13th, 2018

A better way to assess students is within our grasp, the NSW Education Minister will urge his state and federal counterparts.


We can't fix violence against women until we see this as an epidemic:

December 13th, 2018

We’ve now had promises through three successive prime ministers that there would be increased support for victims of family violence.


There's a good model for a federal ICAC - it's not the PM's:

December 13th, 2018

The first commissioner of the NSW ICAC argues why Scott Morrison's proposal will fail, and what a national anti-corruption body needs.


'Your job as a human is to welcome them': Malala's disappointment at Australia:

December 13th, 2018

Malala says Australia's treatment of asylum seekers doesn't match its warm and welcoming nature.


NSW HSC Honour Roll 2018:

December 13th, 2018

Find the best-performing students in NSW.


Same school, same subjects, same marks for HSC twins:

December 13th, 2018

There was joy, disappointment and perhaps some indifference when 77,000 students received their HSC results


For 23 years, one school has stood out and topped the HSC:

December 13th, 2018

Sydney Grammar had its best result in more than 10 years, but it wasn't enough to claim top spot.


Tablet interactive: 2018 HSC student honour roll:

December 13th, 2018

Find the elite achievers among the New South Wales students who were awarded their HSC in 2018.


Tablet interactive: HSC 2018: here's how your school ranked:

December 13th, 2018

As students across New South Wales receive their HSC results, schools will also be eagerly examining their performance.


How girls and boys fared in the 2018 HSC results:

December 13th, 2018

Find out the gender results by course.


Let's get a few things straight about ATAR:

December 14th, 2018

Number 1: it's a rank, not a score.


Top English, maths schools in 2018 HSC revealed:

December 13th, 2018

Private and non-selective public schools excel in English, boys' schools dominate maths.


Ministers at odds over what to do with NAPLAN data:

December 13th, 2018

For the first time this year, some students took their NAPLAN test online, while others used pen and paper. The differences were significant.


When you're the product: Google and Facebook in the hot seat:

December 13th, 2018

The digital platforms have completely disrupted traditional media: they've stripped brand recognition, taken over digital advertising and led users to forgo privacy.


HSC student injured after burning his notes:

December 13th, 2018

An 18-year-old man was airlifted to hospital this morning after burning his notes in a bin north-west of Sydney.


Petrol station attendant claimed to have rescued comatose Howard Hughes:

December 13th, 2018

Dummar claimed he stood to inherit $156 million from Howard Hughes’s estate.


HSC 2018: here's how your school ranked:

December 13th, 2018

Here are the top-ranked schools in the state for 2018.


2018 HSC student honour roll:

December 13th, 2018

Find the elite achievers among the NSW students who were awarded their HSC in 2018.


The top schools in the 2018 HSC revealed:

December 13th, 2018

Selective and non-government schools dominate the list of the top 50 schools for 2018.


Tourist's 20-minute cave visit becomes two-night ordeal on Christmas Island:

December 12th, 2018

A doctor from Western Australia left her keys and phone in the car, thinking her visit to a cave would be brief. It may have saved her life. 


Best of the world: December 13, 2018:

December 12th, 2018

The finest images from around the world as chosen by our picture editors.


Poles and wires and plenty of ire:

December 12th, 2018

It’s been a real rollercoaster week for one of Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s most senior mandarins.


So we're a multicultural nation? Dipping a sausage roll in soy sauce won't do:

December 12th, 2018

More than 40 years after Australia decided to celebrate its cultural differences, the promise of that transformation is yet to be fulfilled.


Department orders review of whistleblower 'sacking' claims:

December 12th, 2018

Four Department of Planning employees were sacked or had their jobs abolished after allegedly making complaints.


Target and superquiz, Thursday, December 13:

December 12th, 2018

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.


A bad cook, a sick singer and a happy refugee: the HSC stars of 2018:

December 12th, 2018

There are stories of tragedy, triumph and near-calamity behind the successes of 2018's top HSC students.


Weight surge in young Australians sees 7 in 10 overweight or obese:

December 12th, 2018

The typical Australian man now weighs 87 and the typical woman is 72 kilograms. Both are overweight.


War memorial's windfall food for thought:

December 12th, 2018

The government’s thwarted plans to shrivel and starve Foodbank point to an endemic Coalition miserliness.


Pioneering cardiologist broke new ground in treatments:

December 12th, 2018

Michael McCredie performed the first successful balloon valvuloplasty in Australia on a pregnant patient.


Pete Shelley: Buzzcocks co-founder whose songs evoked agonies of thwarted desire:

December 12th, 2018

Shelley: “I honestly think Morrissey stole my idea of the non-gender-specific lyric.”


'Arise, Dr Gittins!': Economics editor awarded honorary degree at ANU:

December 12th, 2018

Ross Gittins was awarded an honorary doctorate for deciphering and illuminating the complexities of economics across more than four decades in journalism


The students who topped HSC subjects in the class of 2018:

December 13th, 2018

One school dominated the 2018 first-in-class awards, while two year 11 students shared honours in one course, and two students topped the state in two different subjects.


How do you feel what you can't touch? Scientists crack the nerve code:

December 12th, 2018

Look at the tip of your index finger. About two thousand nerve receptors are embedded in it, ready to tell you about the world.


Selma Engel: Escaped secret Nazi camp with fellow prisoner who became husband:

December 12th, 2018

Chaim Engel grabbed Selma’s hand and fled with her. They were among only a few to escape alive.


Address unknown: Postcards designed for missing persons:

December 12th, 2018

Each year 38,000 Australians are reported missing, and in the wake of their disappearance, tens of thousands more are left wondering if their loved ones are ok. A program spearheaded by the federal police is hoping to change this. 


The dilemma that turns question time into an ugly shouting match:

December 11th, 2018

Game theory has a lot to tell us about why politicians turn this crucial democratic ritual into an undignified display of bad behaviour.


Target and superquiz, Wednesday, December 12:

December 11th, 2018

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.


We urgently need space and cyber forces:

December 11th, 2018

We need to raise the profile of cyber, come to terms with the threat, and accept the danger head on.


The experts told us not to worry:

December 11th, 2018

The punters got it right when it came to privatisation.


New port of call for Labor staffer's partner:

December 13th, 2018

Why Labor, and particularly its outspoken roads and maritime spokeswoman Jodi McKay, were pursuing this issue with such vigour was a mystery.


Chris Gayle to receive half of defamation payout pending appeal:

December 11th, 2018

The cricketer will receive half of the $300,000 awarded against him in defamation proceedings against The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, pending an appeal.


Millions with ‘irreversible’ eye disease given hope of keeping sight:

December 11th, 2018

Tens of thousands of Australians are told every year they have an irreversible eye disease that will ruin their vision. A blood - not eye - test could change that.


ABC, Herald add new defence in Craig McLachlan defamation case:

December 11th, 2018

The ABC and the Herald will allege actor Craig McLachlan is a sexual predator who indecently assaulted and sexually harassed female colleagues in the workplace.


Tortured Tibetan Buddhist monk spoke out against Chinese occupation:

December 11th, 2018

His captors made political prisoners pull ploughs as if they were “human yaks,” he said, and then beat them when they were too exhausted to work.


Clarinet virtuoso and soloist with leading Sydney orchestras:

December 11th, 2018

Khouri even did a recording session with the Beatles at Abbey Road in London.


About 18,000,000,000km from home, Voyager 2 just went interstellar:

December 11th, 2018

The Voyager 2 spacecraft has left the 'heliosphere', the protective shroud cast by the sun around our solar system, NASA announced on Tuesday morning.


Campaigner achieved victory over safe injecting rooms trials:

December 11th, 2018

The trial of the medically supervised injecting centre in Kings Cross was opened in 2001.


Target and superquiz, Tuesday, December 11:

December 11th, 2018

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.


Best of the world: December 11, 2018:

December 10th, 2018

The finest images from around the world as chosen by our picture editors.


Ex-Washington spinner to make fund management speak great again:

December 10th, 2018

Donald Trump's former press secretary, Sean Spicer, is due in Sydney this week to speak to investors.


Doctors told to stop delivering caesarean babies before full term:

December 12th, 2018

Up to 60 per cent of planned caesarean sections are being performed before 39 weeks of gestation without a medical reason despite mounting evidence of the risks.


Malala, the girl who wouldn't take 'no' for an answer:

December 10th, 2018

When she took the stage, Malala Yousafzai said she was in Sydney to stand for the 130 million girls who were not in school around the world.


These photos reveal what Showpo really thinks of ‘plus-size’ women:

December 10th, 2018

Showpo showcased its “curve” range earlier this year. Just don't expect to see many curve models promoting it on the company's social media.


Two myths fuel the pressure to excel in the ATAR:

December 10th, 2018

Research tells us that the ATAR is not a great predictor of achievement at university.


Encryption: for the majority of us, life goes on:

December 10th, 2018

The new powers will make it much easier for government agencies to gain full access to information, encrypted or not, on your computers and smartphones.


Optometry owner jailed for $4 million Medicare fraud:

December 10th, 2018

I Design Optical owner Tisha Phan, 37, submitted almost 30,000 false Medicare claims over an 18-month period.


Licence to swill: James Bond is an alcoholic, researchers say:

December 10th, 2018

The name is Bond, James Bond. And I'm an alcoholic. That's the assessment from researchers who have analysed the drinking habits of the martini-loving fictional spy across his movies. 


Flashback 1948: Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed:

December 10th, 2018

70 years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed by the United Nations. We remember the Herald's response to this milestone.


Our roads and rail may not be as bad as you think. But here's why we could still do better:

December 14th, 2018

Politicians love big road and rail projects. But are they always a good idea? In part four of The Future Fix, we examine the "congestion issue" and look at clever ways to change direction on transport.


Look who’s stalking the field in takeover bid:

December 9th, 2018

Guess who's been on the blower to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.


Target and superquiz, Monday, December 10:

December 10th, 2018

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.


'Tough but pretty': Braidwood's Saloon brings a touch of the wild west:

December 9th, 2018

Sometimes, at preschool drop-off, magic happens. And so it was for Jane Magnus and Dena Pezzano-Pharaoh.


One in four breast cancers could be prevented, exhaustive evidence review finds:

December 10th, 2018

A staggering 68 risk factors for breast cancers have been ranked from "convincing" to "no association" to help one in four women potentially prevent the condition.


Australia's defamation laws are ripe for overhaul:

December 9th, 2018

Whatever our self-perception may be that we are a laid-back people, many of us are swift to threaten defamation action.


They topped the HSC over the past 40 years - what are they doing now?:

December 9th, 2018

Students who got the highest possible HSC rank have ended up in often unexpected places. We spoke to top-achievers from 2008, 1998, 1988 and 1978.


People with eating disorders to get more Medicare-funded treatment:

December 9th, 2018

Australians with severe eating disorders will for the first time have access to a comprehensive treatment plan under Medicare.


Forgotten victims of priest sexual abuse. They were not children but could they consent?:

December 11th, 2018

The focus on child sex abuse by priests has left countless adult victims waiting to be properly recognised. Survivor advocates call them the “forgotten ones”.


Superquiz and Target, Sunday, December 9:

December 8th, 2018

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


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