Patrick Wood,

Patrick Wood

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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Past articles by Patrick:

ABC presenters Virginia Trioli, Michael Rowland used in fake news scam

ABC presenters Virginia Trioli and Michael Rowland have had their names hijacked for a fake news article spruiking cryptocurrencies, which spread on Facebook and raises questions about the tech giant's safeguards. → Read More

'I was crying and frozen': the tragic stories behind Australia's porn obsession

For Steve, it was around the time he tried to pressure his third girlfriend into making porn that he realised something wasn't right. There are wildly diverse views about online porn in this country, but one thing is clear: Australia has a problem. → Read More

Why do we cancel passports for terror suspects — and not just let them leave?

It has been revealed the trio charged with plotting a terrorist attack in Melbourne all had their passports previously cancelled. Why didn't we arrest them or let them leave? → Read More

Chart of the day: The countries where teachers are respected (and paid) the most

If you're a teacher in Australia and are feeling just a little underappreciated or underpaid, then here is where you will (and won't) find fame and fortune plying your trade abroad. → Read More

'Don't go outside. The Nazis are here': Kristallnacht survivor fears it will happen again

Andy Factor survived the night of broken glass in Germany in 1938 and can still recall the shattering noise. But exactly 80 years later, it's the rising sound of white nationalism that has him scared. → Read More

David Astle solved 300 crossword clues while inside an fMRI machine — all for science

It's an oft-stated truism that crosswords are good for your brain — but is that correct? Australian researchers who studied an expert's grey matter while he pondered puzzles are hoping to find out. → Read More

Sexual harassment at work is on the rise in Australia, the Human Rights Commission says

Seana Szetey, whose boss told her he had only hired me because I was attractive, is among a growing number of Australian women the Human Rights Commission says are being sexually harassed in the workplace. → Read More

Koalas face extinction in New South Wales by 2050 due to land clearing, scientist warns

Land clearing is threatening the koala population, according to a new report that examined satellite images of native bushland being bulldozed in northern NSW. → Read More

'We need to rewrite our country': The teen slam poet's message for our politicians

Solli Raphael doesn't think politicians have a good grasp on the world around them. So the 13-year-old champion slam poet is taking matters into his own hands. → Read More

There could be hundreds of planets covered in oceans up to 1,000km deep, scientists say

We like to think of Earth as having a lot of water, but we've got nothing compared to watery giants that scientists say could be orbiting stars far away. → Read More

Women rejected these men on dating apps — then the abuse started

Alexandra Tweten joined online dating sites looking for a decent guy, but also found a world of abuse and harassment. Now she's fighting back. → Read More

Read online review sites? Here are all the ways they're faked and manipulated

Do you trawl through online reviews before committing to a restaurant, book or movie? Do you put a lot of faith in those star ratings? You might be being manipulated. → Read More

Who's the greatest action hero of all time? We crunched the data to find out

Tom Cruise is back in the sixth Mission: Impossible film, more than two decades after the first one premiered. But is he the ultimate action hero? → Read More

'Morally intolerable': Nearly half of female medical staff experienced domestic abuse

A landmark investigation into female medical staff in Australia finds nearly half have experienced domestic violence, including one in 10 who have been abused by their partner in the past year alone. → Read More

'It could have saved my girl': Grieving mum calls for hospital records overhaul after teen suicide

Kerrie Stanley is calling for an overhaul of the way hospitals share information on mental health patients after her teen daughter died by suicide in February. → Read More

NAPLAN tests are valuable and criticisms aren't backed by evidence: report

The controversial NAPLAN tests are a valuable tool and common criticisms of the national assessment system aren't supported by evidence, according to a report. → Read More

Growing up CODA: What it's like to be the only person in your family who can hear

Growing up with deaf parents and brothers, Jodee Mundy became the family interpreter and conduit to the mainstream world. Now she's on a mission to preserve their Deaf culture. → Read More

Hans Asperger 'actively cooperated with Nazi child euthanasia program', study finds

Paediatrician Hans Asperger's name may become mud and be scrapped from the medical lexicon following new evidence he was an active Nazi collaborator. → Read More

Eight surgeries and still no cure in sight: The disease crippling Australian women

For nearly two decades Jessica Panetta has sought relief from chronic pain. Now, doctors and the Federal Government are rushing to address the disease they admit was long considered just a woman's lot. → Read More

Back pain is being 'mismanaged' with ineffective and harmful treatments, experts warn

A team of international health experts has accused the medical fraternity of mismanaging back pain and providing ineffective and harmful treatments. → Read More