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Centenarian in Tiantou Village, Guangxi, China. ESB Professional/Shutterstock

Is there a natural limit to how long humans can live?

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.
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Algorithms can be more fair than humans

Algorithms can discriminate, even when their designers don't intend that to happen. But they also can make detecting bias easier.
Africa contributes the least of any continent to climate change – but it also has the least resources to manage it. Shutterstock

Forecast of global trends suggest heavy headwinds for Africa

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.
Young academics need a strong, properly structured support system to climb the ranks and one day become professors. From

Professors aren’t born: they must be nurtured

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? from

Who goes to university? The changing profile of our students

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. Dan Peled/AAP

The $100 billion question: can Australia afford our retirement bill as the ‘grey vote’ booms?

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. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Research shows old age is getting younger all the 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. EPA

Rising tide of demographic change spells trouble across Middle East

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. AAP/Joe Castro

Population growth could go far beyond IGR projections

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. Kevin Conor Keller/Flickr

Baby Boomers, be nice to your grandkids: they may save Australia

The problem with Australia’s population ageing is not that there are too many older people – it’s that there are not enough young people to support them. That presents many challenges to Australia’s continued…

Standing room only

Demography is destiny. It’s an old idea but it remains as true as ever, despite the fact that it doesn’t get anything like the attention it deserves. It’s not hard to see why: not only is there a crowded…
There’s a long-term shift underway in Australia that all politicians should be watching. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

Indigenous Australia’s rapid rise is shifting money and votes

Tony Abbott is spending this week in North-East Arnhem Land, part of his long-held hope “to be not just the Prime Minister but the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs”. We asked our experts: what stories…

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