Researcher Janet Wilmshurst excavating moa droppings from a cave at Mt Nicholas Station, near Queenstown, in New Zealand.
Scientists long assumed that the extinct moa played an important role as a disperser of large seeds. But a new study finds that New Zealand's largest herbivore only dispersed the tiniest seeds.
Recent research found that media reports on women in the military are perpetuating male dominance.
Media reporting on women in the military plays an important role in cultural change. Recent research shows Australian newspapers focus on scandal and place responsibility on the women involved.
Tampere in Finland capped off its resurgence with a new theme park.
Australia's local leadership, including businesses executives and politicians, is relatively weak compared to those in other nations.
The best time is the time you’ll actually do it.
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Our body burns more fat when we exercise before breakfast, but studies haven't found that means we lose more weight over time.
I love to go a-wandering.
Four out of five experts say walking is enough exercise.
Does our body “switch off” when we sleep?
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The most interesting part of our body that changes during sleep is our brain.
Businesses who pay dividends to shareholders with tax credits attached pay more tax, new research finds.
It’s impossible to separate science from wonder.
Let's get emotional about science. Not just to celebrate it, but because that's how to do it properly.
Being a property investor or house hunter appears to make Sydneysiders more supportive of foreign investment in residential real estate.
You'd perhaps expect property investors not to mind foreign investors who might push up prices. More surprisingly, house hunters are also more supportive than those who are not looking to buy.
There are now several new gate-keeping measures to test teacher quality introduced by universities in the last two to three years.
Australia's decline in PISA rankings and criticisms of NAPLAN tell us we should also be looking at how we assess teacher quality.
The “Burney Relief,” which is believed to represent either Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of love and war, or her older sister Ereshkigal, Queen of the underworld (c. 19th or 18th century BC)
Sex was central to life in ancient Mesopotamia. And the authors of Sumerian love poetry, depicting the exploits of divine couples, showed a wealth of practical knowledge about the stages of female sexual arousal.
Members of the public believe child sexual abuse and paedophilia can be attributed to one of four main causes.
Recent research found that members of the public have four common explanations for paedophilia or child sexual abuse. But the reality is more complex, with multiple causes often at work.
Whoosa vicious helpful predator? You are! Yes you are!
Dingoes increase cattle yields, mountain lions reduce car crashes and vultures eat organic waste: like them or not, predators help humans.
O'Dwyer’s effort to avoid any confession of error just drew more attention to the bad call.
This bald-faced refusal to acknowledge their own inconvenient history in part comes from the politicians' belief that if you just burnish the "spin", you can get away with saying anything.
Michelle Grattan speaks to University of Canberra's Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
Josh Frydenberg met with state energy ministers in Melbourne the latest round of discussions over the National Energy Guarantee.
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The federal government is confident that states will sign up to the National Energy Guarantee, with a final decision now timetabled for August.
The difference in ageing between Australia and Tasmania of five weeks per year is largely explained by interstate migration.
For Australia, the median age is 37.2 years. The Northern Territory is the youngest state or territory with a a median age of 32.4 years and Tasmania is the oldest at 42 years.
A federal court in San Francisco has ruled a class action brought by Facebook users in Illinois can go ahead.
In a major blow to Facebook, a judge has ruled that a class action can proceed. If similar actions are brought around the world, Facebook could face billions of dollars in damages.
Crunching the numbers on the gender gap in STEMM.
While much is being done to increase the number of women working in science, new research shows it could take many, many years to reach parity with men.
Age-gap couples often raise eyebrows, but report greater relationship satisfaction.
An overwhelming majority of couples share similar ages. But some eschew the norm, and they may even have a better relationship.
People who have a financial shock are at greater risk of depression and a raft of other physical and mental health issues.
Unaffordable home loans, poor financial advice and unmanageable consumer credit may have serious consequences for many Australians, beyond bankruptcy and debt. Here's what the research says.
Those born between 1941 and 1950, show an increase in average incomes between 1995-96 and 2005-06, and then a decline as they enter retirement.
When it comes to incomes, millennials in Australia haven't fallen behind.
Chinese exports to the US grew 14.8% on an annualised basis, but it’s not expected to last.
Chinese exports to the US grew rapidly during the quarter, but it could be a very different picture next time around.
Needs-based funding is necessary, but it can only do so much.
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Needs-based funding is necessary, but it can only do so much. It's much more effective if we don't have schools with high concentrations of poverty and disadvantage.
Popular sitcoms like Modern Family avoid reflecting on wider economic realities: Roseanne has filled a void.
When it debuted in 1988, Roseanne was a breath of fresh air against the conservative middle class family sitcoms then on air. Its reboot in 2018 feels just as relevant.