Earliest evidence of Aboriginal occupation of Australian coast discovered

Archaeologists find artefacts in a cave on Western Australia’s Barrow Island dating back more than 50,000 years, providing one of the earliest age brackets for the settlement of Australia

Australia’s earliest known site of human occupation of the Australian coast has been discovered in a remote cave in Western Australia, pushing back the start date of Indigenous occupation to more than 50,000 years ago.

Related: Humans arrived in Australian interior 49,000 years ago, archaeologists believe

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Fidget spinners are not just a fad – ask any ballpoint-pen clicker | Katherine Isbister

Despite sometimes being an annoying distraction for others, such items can have practical uses for adults, and perhaps even children

The fidget spinner craze has been sweeping elementary and middle schools. As of May 17 every one of the top 10 best-selling toys on Amazon was a form of the hand-held toy people can spin and do tricks with. Kids and parents are even making them for themselves using 3D printers and other more homespun crafting techniques.

But some teachers are banning them from classrooms. And experts challenge the idea that spinners are good for conditions like ADHD and anxiety. Meanwhile, the Kickstarter online fundraising campaign for the Fidget Cube – another popular fidget toy in 2017 – raised an astounding US$6.4 million, and can be seen on the desks of hipsters and techies across the globe.

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Albanese exposes why Shorten must take care at the political crossroads

The Labor leader must guard against complacency as his would-be rival shows that the party could take a different, more progressive route to power

The crossroads is an overworked concept in political reporting. Generally, it’s a cliche best avoided. But sometimes, politics just is at a crossroads.

The government has produced a budget that it hopes will recast its political fortunes, and senior players over the past week have scampered dutifully out to marginal seats to sell it.

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