It’s unbearable to think about: people at a shopping centre on a Saturday afternoon, perhaps buying a present for someone or themselves, catching up with a friend, grabbing some essentials to get through the weekend as they think about an upcoming footy match or dinner date. Suddenly, the centre is in an emergency as a man wielding a knife makes his way through the crowds, stabbing people as he goes, leaving dead and injured in his wake.

This is the nightmare that confronted Sydneysiders over the weekend, when six people were killed and many others injured by a man wielding a knife at Sydney’s Bondi Junction shopping centre.

As horrifying as incidents of mass murder are, writes Terry Goldsworthy, they remain relatively rare in Australia.

And while there is much still to be learned about this attack, and many people are grieving and shaken, there were also undoubtedly several acts of great courage in trying to thwart the attacker, from citizens, shopkeepers and police.

Amanda Dunn

Politics + Society Editor

As Australia reels from the Bondi attack, such mass murder incidents remain rare

Terry Goldsworthy, Bond University

The violent attack in a Sydney shopping centre left seven people dead, including the attacker, and many more injured, horrifying the nation.

Sydneysiders witnessed horrific scenes on Saturday. How do you process and recover from such an event?

Kim Felmingham, The University of Melbourne

Social support is particularly important to help process these traumatic events and promote recovery.

Iran’s unprecedented attack on Israel was a strategic miscalculation. Can all-out war now be averted?

Ran Porat, Monash University

Israel is likely to respond to the Iranian assault, but its main ally, the US, is cautioning against a counter-attack.

The big dry: forests and shrublands are dying in parched Western Australia

Joe Fontaine, Murdoch University; George Matusick, Auburn University; Jatin Kala, Murdoch University; Kerryn Hawke, Murdoch University; Nate Anderson, The University of Western Australia

Intense heat and no rain in southwest Western Australia are causing widespread tree and shrub die-offs.

Scrap the West Australian GST deal set to cost $40 billion – leading economists

Peter Martin, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

28 of the 38 top economists surveyed by the Economic Survey of Australia want the GST top-up for one of Australia’s richest states scrapped.

Our research has found a way to help the teacher shortage and boost student learning

Jenny Gore, University of Newcastle; Drew Miller, University of Newcastle

We believe no other intervention has been so thoroughly tested in Australian schools or amassed such a comprehensive body of evidence.

Darwin Dingoes, Canberra Capitals, Cairns Crocodiles? Weighing up the options for the AFL’s 20th team

Tim Harcourt, University of Technology Sydney

Tasmania is set to become the AFL’s 19th team and the league is likely to expand again at some point, which begs the question: where should the 20th club be based?

Rogue waves in the ocean are much more common than anyone suspected, says new study

Alessandro Toffoli, The University of Melbourne

Maritime folklore is awash with tall tales of monstrous waves. A new study gets closer to understanding where they come from and how to predict them.

Trillions of tonnes of carbon locked in soil has been left out of environmental models – and it’s on the move

Yuanyuan Huang, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Pep Canadell, CSIRO; Yingping Wang, CSIRO

New research shows carbon in soil minerals is much more important than anybody realised.

Murray Valley encephalitis: summer is over but mosquito-borne disease remains a risk in northern Australia

Cameron Webb, University of Sydney

Authorities have issued warnings for people in parts of Western Australia to avoid mosquito bites after Murray Valley encephalitis virus was detected in local mosquitoes. Here’s what you need to know.

An education in music makes you a better employee. Are recruiters in tune?

Diana Tolmie, Griffith University

Musicians have exceptional levels of professionalism, resilience and creativity, which transfer to other careers in a range of industries.

Jim Chalmers seeks to allay fears industry policy will be financial ‘free-for-all’

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

Treasurer Jim Chalmers has flagged substantial public investment likely including tax breaks and other incentives in next month’s budget to encourage industry.

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