The storm clouds have been gathering over energy policy for a decade or more.
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The Long Read: Most Australians' power bills have been rising for a decade. There are many reasons why, but the common thread is a lack of government willingness to get to grips with crucial policy problems.
In the Global Biodiversity Information Facility there are 682,447 records of human encounters with dandelions.
Does big data threaten how humans explore the natural world? We need to protect our impulses to observe, compare, play, discover and love, no matter what technological capabilities are available.
LGBTIQ minorities in many Asian countries must overcome violence and discrimination in their day-to-day lives.
One day the violence and discrimination will be finished in Asia and throughout our region – but in the meantime, there is a need for heroes.
Digging in Traders Cave in the iconic Niah Caves archaeological complex. Darren Curnoe excavates while Roshan Peiris observes. (Photo: Mhd. S. Sauffi/Darren Curnoe)
From the tropics of Borneo, Darren Curnoe posted a daily diary sharing his team's dig to explore ancient cemeteries. Through two metres of clay, human bones and tools were discovered.
Humans and their technologies have evolved together over time.
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What does it mean to be a responsible, mature and wise technological being? Our future lies in seeking real answers to this type of question.
Private companies are increasingly challenging national space agencies in a new space race, which comes with great opportunities but also huge risks.
The stereotype of the conventionally attractive female weather reporter is alive and well on Australian television.
The weather segment at the end of news bulletins has stuck to a familiar format for more than 50 years. But the question of who should actually present the weather has been in a constant state of flux.
The Supreme Court’s decision in the Trinity Lutheran case is blurring the lines between church and state.
The Trinity Lutheran case signals the Supreme Court's willingness to interpret separation of church and state as religious discrimination. What will this mean for the future of vouchers and school choice?
Spanish flu killed more people than the Great War that preceded it. And tuberculosis even more than that.
Here we explore our past and present struggles with four of the most significant infectious diseases human beings have faced, and some of the progress we've made in prevention and treatment.
Some types of MND start with a loss of grip. But what causes this?
While research for a cure for MND is underway, first we need to know what causes it.
Fishing boats docked at Hobart, Tasmania
Science is supremely beautiful, but can also be brutal and unforgiving if you stray from the well-worn pathways.
Donald Trump might not spend much time on social media, but he has an acute understanding of how virality in media works.
There are four key things Donald Trump’s election tells us about the state of journalism today.
Inmates at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California in 2011.
The University of Michigan's Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Heather Ann Thompson explains why Americans must demand better access to the nation's prisons.
A hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease is gradual deterioration of memory.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, but treatments are still far from successful in clinical trials. Here is what we know about the disease, and what is yet to be uncovered.
Fossilised dinosaur eggs in nests, uncovered by a raid on illegal fossils in 2004.
A new, "baby dragon" dinosaur revealed in a fossil returned to China is a striking example of the discoveries that might be lost when scientific specimens are illegally removed and traded.
In a country consistently rated as one of the world’s most liveable, we’ve somehow developed a deadly disregard toward our own welfare.
All the awareness campaigns have had little effect on the 'garden variety' mental illness that’s causing most of the disability and death.
This illustration shows Cassini diving through geyser plumes on Saturn’s the ocean world
moon of Enceladus.
Earth is a relatively dry planet compared to some of the other ocean worlds in our Solar system. Life needs water so what about life on these other places?
Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after dementia.
2017 marks the 200th anniversary since the 1817 publication of Dr James Parkinson’s seminal work on what he called the "Shaking Palsy".
A potential anti-ageing drug is likely to be more effective at maintaining health than extending lifespan.
The true promise of ageing research is that rather than tackling individual diseases one at a time, a single drug to treat ageing would treat all of the diseases that arise in old age, at once.
Stories in the media are often the first or even the only way that people hear about science and medical news. So we need to get the reporting right.
Health reporting requires asking the right questions and doing quality research. But specialist skills are also handy, especially when it comes to knowing the language and processes of science.