Is the evolution of human-like intelligence inevitable, or exceptional?
How can life on Earth help us understand life in space? To answer this question, we compare biological clocks and geological rocks and find that they tick uniformly.
South Korea’s subtly calibrated risk aversion in the face of outrageous North Korean aggression has kept the two countries from war.
An aggressive posture is one thing – but doing something about it is another, as countries factor in the costs and risks of aggression.
Donald Horne saw Australia as a country that had got lucky, but was squandering its luck.
Donald Horne saw Australia as a lucky country that was squandering its luck. His bold ideas captured the nation's imagination. But being a public intellectual is no longer easy. Who will come up with the next grand ideas?
International migrants are key contributors to the unskilled workforce.
Regional settlement of migrants benefits both new arrivals and local communities.
Some mothers in countries such as India and Cambodia sell surplus milk to make maternity leave affordable.
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The potential for exploitation is rife in the international market for breast milk. Fair trade and fair pay regulations are crucial to protect consumers in Australia and suppliers abroad.
A new book expresses concern that the ‘average American’ has base knowledge so low that it is now plummeting to ‘aggressively wrong’.
Tom Nichols' book The Death of Expertise examines why the relationship between experts and citizens in a democracy is collapsing, and what can be done about it.
A new paper improves our estimate of the climate’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide.
A new analysis suggests that weather records have not yet had time to capture the full effects of climate change, some of which are likely to take centuries to play out.
The G20 displayed unprecedented global economic leadership in the past. That leadership is needed again today.
The G20 has stopped showing economic leadership at a time when risks are high. Australia can play a role in addressing this.
The region with the most unequal incomes in Australia is Melbourne City, where the top 20% have an income that is 8.3 times as high as those in the bottom 20%.
Census data shows there is income inequality between, but also within, regions of Australia.
An Australian Public Service study found blind recruitment made things worse for women and members of ethnic minorities.
Behavioural economics is severely limited in its approach to inequality. Fortunately, other psychological approaches are better suited.
Despite expert recommendations to adopt a population policy, Australian governments continue to resist.
Considering all the aspects of life in Australia that are affected by population, it's remarkable that the nation doesn't have a national policy on it.
Legacies of genocidal phases have scarred the Aboriginal psyches.
Very little is known about suicide and suicide attempts during modern genocides – but we do know there is an aftermath of suicide among victims.
The Liberal Party contains moderates like George Brandis, Christopher Pyne and Malcolm Turnbull, and conservatives such as Tony Abbott, Eric Abetz and Peter Dutton.
With fringe right parties feasting on the margins of conservative political discontent in Australia, deeper questions are being asked about whether the Liberal Party itself is at risk.
Australia’s Indigenous population is growing – rapidly.
The census mostly delivered a good news story on Indigenous Australian outcomes, but it is unclear to what extent this correlates to improved lives for Indigenous families.
Much of the change in partnering in Australia has been in response to changing legal and social norms.
There has been a decrease in the proportion of Australians who are married, and an increase in co-habitation of both heterosexual and same-sex relationships.
The ABS estimates that as of December 2016, the Australian population was around 24.4 million.
The 2016 Census reveals that Australia is becoming much more diverse – in terms of language, country of birth, Indigenous status, and religion.
Pokie losses in Australia’s pubs and clubs increased fourfold between 1990 and 2000.
While fewer people are gambling on the pokies, the amount of money lost per gambler has remained relatively constant over time.
Scientists monitor landscapes like Omulyakhskaya and Khromskaya Bays in northern Siberia closely.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/flickr
By capturing Arctic methane emissions, the gas industry could join the fight against climate change.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter in Question Time.
Christian Porter said Australia's welfare system 'was costing over 100% of all income tax raised' under Labor after the GFC, and that it's 'around 80%' under the Coalition. Is that true?
The NBN’s multi-technology mix seems unlikely to deliver the same internet quality to everyone.
AAP Image/Mick Tsikas
The National Broadband Network was meant to provide greater equity of digital access. So far, it's not looking good.