Tharunka explores the ‘big picture’ of a range of topics affecting student life. From mind-blowing to heart-aching concepts, the features unfold a new genre of reading and writing.  





PUTTING THE WATCHERS ON TRIAL: The Failure of the Media Response to the Austin Bomber

Perhaps, instead of focusing on the perpetrator of the violence, and thus putting aside any accidental or deliberate shielding of Conditt, the lives that were taken too soon can be celebrated.



 Noir’s treatment of violence once relied on battles between the police and criminals, or violence performed by the identifiably malicious, as was the case in Touch of Evil. These films have evolved in the 21st century to encompass the wider issue of societal violence.  


RADIOACTIVE RACISM                             

The impact of Australia’s various nuclear projects on First Nations peoples is no exception to this global trend. This article will describe the relationship between four different nuclear projects spanning from 1906 to the current day, and how each part of the ‘nuclear cycle’ has disproportionately harmed First Nations people, and devalued their unique concerns, cultures, and identities. 



Why Can’t Queer Men Donate Blood?

Any intersection between a cultural struggle for recognition, and a bureaucratic risk assessment, is bound to be messy. In this particular mess, it is no surprise that the Red Cross is particularly risk-averse. Not only is the risk to recipients a concern, but the Red Cross is also hesitant because it relies so heavily on reputation and community goodwill to carry out its work.

Personalised Medicine Using Viruses, and the Bio-hacker Who Just Wants a Slice of Pizza.

In January 2018, the bio-hacker took the pills and up until now (March, 2018), he is happily satisfying his pizza cravings. This suggests, amazingly, that his experiment did work and his body is producing the lactase enzyme. However, gene therapy using viral vectors is known to only provide temporary cures.


Psychology of Viral Content

Whether it is sadness, happiness, anger, or disgust, viral media intensifies our emotions. The significance of viral content online has expanded to the extent that viral marketing has become a new discipline of business, which calls for an examination of the nature of viral media.


Natural Hair – Rebellious, Defiant, kinky

Black bodies have been, and continue to be, policed and exploited, dating back to the first waves of
early colonisation. Their physical characteristics and cultural practices were weaponised against
them to perpetuate harmful stereotypes of incompetence and inferiority, fuelling white supremacy around the world.


The Nature of Sex : 

What wildlife teaches us about reproduction, gender, and pleasure

Nature swarms with examples demonstrating that sex is not a simple equation of ‘male and female results in offspring’. It is anything but unusual to encounter homosexuality and hermaphroditism, both of which are methods of reproduction.