Centenarian in Tiantou Village, Guangxi, China.
New data suggests humans may not get older than 125 years. But should we take it seriously? Every time a limit to lifespan has been proposed in the past it has been surpassed.
How fast can it get here?
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Algorithms can discriminate, even when their designers don't intend that to happen. But they also can make detecting bias easier.
The numerical basis used to study African economies suffers from major knowledge gaps. This needs to improve if numbers are to inform policies that will encourage growth and push back poverty.
Flanked by local MP Ewen Jones and Greg Hunt, Malcolm Turnbull announced funding for a new stadium in Townsville and the Great Barrier Reef.
To win government, Labor needs a net gain of 19 seats nationally – and that's the exact number of marginal seats being fought over in Queensland this election.
Long before the election was called, Labor leader Bill Shorten was in Eden-Monaro talking about the cost of living.
Superannuation, health and child care are among the issues that are likely to matter most to voters in the bellwether NSW seats of Eden-Monaro, Robertson and Lindsay.
Arise, Sir Adequate Father.
The idea of family is still undergoing fundamental change, but progress towards an egalitarian era may be hamstrung by class and wealth.
Africa contributes the least of any continent to climate change – but it also has the least resources to manage it.
Scenarios on global trends over the next 20 years point to some serious challenges for Africa. Whatever actually happens, it's important for the continent to put in place mitigation strategies.
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Do the countries affected by Zika have the capacity to deal with a baby boom if pregnancies are delayed?
‘Jesus loves you,’ Nevada.
Twenty-three percent of Americans say they are not religiously affiliated. Our core values may be encouraging us to reject organized religion.
One in the eye for John Lewis.
The retailer's emblematic ad should have stuck their grandad in a rocket and blasted him straight to party central.
Does a boom in babies give the economy a boost or cause a bust?
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Research shows baby booms are generally bad news for the economy – at least for the boom's babies.
Young academics need a strong, properly structured support system to climb the ranks and one day become professors.
There are compelling educational reasons to employ more black academics in universities and to give them all the support they'll need to become professors.
There are 100 females for every 80 males at university. Who else goes to uni? And how is it changing?
In 1970 there were 269 male university students per 100 female university students. However females overtook males in 1987 and now there are 80 males for every 100 females.
Older workers and retirees are fast becoming Australia’s most significant age group of voters – but future federal governments will struggle to pay for their retirement without serious reform.
Within three years, Australians will face a $100 billion bill just to cover the age pension and super tax breaks. That bill is set to keep rising; by 2025, one in three of us will be 55-plus.
Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura, 80, before ascending Mt. Everest for the third time.
New research says we should discard conventional ways of analyzing what it means to age. It's how well people function that counts.
Syrian refugees cross the border into Turkey, one of several states that are already vulnerable to ethnic and demographic tensions.
The flows of refugees from the conflicts in Iraq and Syria are yet another driver of demographic changes that are threatening to destabilise other states long regarded as strong and democratic.
Australia’s projected population for 2050 in the fourth Intergenerational Report is 1.9 million larger than the 35.9 million projected by the third report.
How appropriate were the fourth Intergenerational Report's demographic assumptions? Should greater attention be paid to the potential consequences of population growth?
Giving today’s kids a flying start with early education will be crucial to helping them fill the gap left behind by retiring Baby Boomers.
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