Whoever wins the US presidential election will have to govern for the whole of the country.
Insights from psychology, neuroscience, economics and political science on how the incoming president might move people from the extreme right or left of the political spectrum to a sociable centre.
Proper nutrition is critical to combatting the costly and deadly epidemics of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Food, drug and other companies often sponsor research in the hope it might produce results favourable to their products. How can we ensure such research remains independent?
A booby family on a sandy cay in the Coral Sea.
The marine reserves review has recommended major changes to the Coral Sea, but not for the better.
Gurindji ranger Ursula Chubb pays her respects to ancestors killed in the early 1900s at Blackfella Creek, where children were tied with wire and dragged by horses, and adults were shot as they fled. They were buried under rocks where they fell.
Brenda L Croft, from Yijarni
The Gurindji people of the Northern Territory made history 50 years ago by standing up for their rights to land and better pay. But a new book reveals the deeper story behind the Wave Hill Walk-Off.
Aboriginal elder Max Eulo holds a baby in front of a sea of 70,000 multi-coloured paper hands at the Sydney Opera House in December 2000.
Racism is again on the rise in many parts of the world. So is the dehumanisation of our enemies. What hope is there, then, for notions of a common humanity?
The silence at the end of Rio 2016 will only last until we switch on our televisions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The Olympic Games are a theatre — sometimes farce, sometimes tragedy, reality TV, morality play or soap opera — where geopolitical, social and technological dramas are played out.
The execution chamber at Utah State Prison.
When drug companies refused to ship chemicals to the US for use in lethal injections it led to several botched executions, reopening the debate over the death penalty.
Farming land in New South Wales.
Growing population, growing demand for food, climate change: Australia's rural lands are facing a number of pressures. So how can we sustainably use them in the future?
The century since the first world war is littered with the broken promises of Muslim rulers to bring about a transition to more representative forms of government.
The rise of Islamic State and its declaration of the caliphate can be read as part of a wider story that has unfolded since the formation of modern nation states in the Muslim world.
The revelation that autism didn’t have one cause helped researchers change their thinking.
One of the great and enduring mysteries of autism is what causes the brain to develop so differently.
Pregnant women in three Australian cities are not told that lead exposure during pregnancy is linked to miscarriage and early delivery.
Parents in three Australian states are being given misleading advice about the dangers of lead to babies and small children – including failing to warn pregnant women about miscarriage risks.
Julian Burnside at a hearing during the Tampa case in 2001.
By our response to boat people since August 2001, we may have redefined our national character.
It’s naive to pretend there are no profound genetic and epigenetic differences between the sexes.
Elephant Gun Studios/Flickr
What produces the differences between men and women? Are they trivial or profound? Are they genetic or environmental, or both? And are men really closer genetically to chimpanzees than to women?
Brian Wilson’s music – the subject of Love & Mercy – is like a lesson we relearn each time we listen.
Much like the music of the man it's based on, Love & Mercy is beautiful, complex, somewhat melancholy, and thought-provoking. It also teaches us some things about creative genius, innovation, and art.
The young aristocrat Alexis de Tocqueville, sketch by an unknown artist.
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University
To mark Independence Day, an Australian perspective on why - 180 years on - Alexis de Tocqueville's classic political text is a must-read.
An historian reading the government White Paper on developing northern Australia will realise we’re actually heading all the way back to the 1890s.
The federal government's recent White Paper on developing northern Australia has disturbing echoes of the 1890s, a time when unbridled capitalism and indentured labour developed the North.
People protest the Confederate battle flag.
President Obama's recent condemnation of the Confederate battleflag mirrors the current and rapidly-changing public mood on this artefact. But attitudes to the flag have deeper roots.
Medications prescribed for disorders are being used by DIY brain-hackers.
On Human Experiments – Are we all just lab rats in a big smart drugs experiment?
Fury Road revisits the originality of Australian New Wave film-making by representing absurd, new and null cultural signs.
Mad Max: Fury Road has generated heated coverage since its release last month. But focussing on the film's terse script may be missing the point: it should be read as a poem, and a provocative one at that.
Loggerhead turtle populations are facing a brighter future, but many other species are still in decline, while for others there are no data at all.
AAP Image/Lauren Bath
The Great Barrier Reef is home to some 1,600 species of bony fish, 130 sharks and rays, and turtles, mammals and more. Most have had no population monitoring, meaning we don't know how well they are faring.