It was all the apple’s fault: we’ve been fascinated by poisoned fruit for a long time.
Jacob Jordaens (1593–1678), The Fall of Man, via Wikimedia Commons
Plants produce toxic fruit for everything from deterring fungi to causing constipation.
Louis XVI donnant ses instructions finales au Comte de La Pérouse en 1785, avant qu'il embarque pour sa mission fatale dans l'hémisphère sud.
State Library of NSW
En 1826, on découvrit des objets venus d’Europe à Tikopia, dans les îles Salomon : venaient-ils de l’Astrolabe et de la Boussole, les navires disparus de La Pérouse ?
Louis XVI giving final instructions to the Comte de La Perouse in 1785, before La Perouse embarked on his fateful expedition to the Southern Hemisphere.
State Library of NSW
The French La Pérouse expedition left Botany Bay in 1788, and then vanished, rumoured to be wrecked in the Solomon Islands. But an Indian newspaper article might reveal the fate of its survivors.
Algae could be the key to a new type of biofuel.
The right kind of algae can be converted to biofuel, and there are potential side benefits for carbon capture.
Rainbows get their round shape from a process called reflection.
Georgina, age 5, wants to know why rainbows are round.
Aboriginal dancers from Pinjarra perform at the unveiling of the counter-memorial in Esplanade Park, Fremantle, April 9 1994.
Courtesy Bruce Scates
A Fremantle monument to three white explorers was revised in 1994 to acknowledge the violence committed against Indigenous owners. As Australia struggles to reconcile its racist past, perhaps this monument shows a way forward.
More than 50% of Australians think drugs should be cleared for use before they’ve completed clinical trials.
Most Australians value science. But we do have some hesitations about the pace of scientific advances, and we're not sure if scientists are prestigious or not.
A woman stands behind policemen during post election clashes, in Nairobi’s Kibera slum.
Much international media focus has been on Kenya's election being a trigger for violence, but that's only part of the story. The ongoing grievances of Kenyans must be addressed.
The relationship between drivers and cyclists is highly unequal, both physically and culturally.
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The primacy given to the car has shaped our cities, the roads that serve them and our very thinking about the place of driving in our lives. And it's a mindset that leaves cyclists highly vulnerable.
Yallourn Power Station in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria.
AAP Image/David Crosling
On Q&A, an audience member said renewable energy is 'now cheaper than coal'. Senator Matt Canavan disagreed, saying renewables are not 'at the moment, cheaper than coal'. Let's look at the numbers.
Science is a human approach to understanding the world.
Science provides a useful way to explore and understand the natural world. But it also has a richness, diversity and creativity that is often overlooked.
Throughout Australian history, previous parliaments have changed the legal understanding of marriage – none needed a plebiscite.
The government seems determined to give voters a voice on marriage equality, and equally determined not to be bound by what those voters say.
Environmental threats in the Pacific Islands can be cultural as well as physical.
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Australia is good at 'hard hat' responses to crises such as cyclones. But a new environmental declaration on the Pacific Islands points out that the best approach is more well-rounded and subtle.
The Referendum Council contends there should be a place for Indigenous voices in Australia’s Constitution.
AAP/Lucy Hughes Jones
Bodies established around the world to hear 'black' voices have an enduring problem: they advise, but are rarely – if ever – heard.
Hang on, is that a spider floating this way?
The closest relative of Kangaroo Island's trapdoor spider lives in South Africa - and the arachnid could have arrived in Australia by oceanic migration.
Solar PV outstripped coal as the leading source of new electricity generation worldwide last year.
AAP Image/Lukas Coch
Solar PV and wind energy have overtaken coal as the leading sources of new electricity generation worldwide, with falling prices and new storage technologies making clean energy ever more attainable.
Police raided several Sydney properties over the weekend in relation to possible terror plots.
The government seems hell-bent on pre-crime arrest, prosecution, and punishment for terror offenders – while falling short in providing the necessary long-term support.
Manufacturing still receives 80% of net government assistance, largely due to the remaining small levels of tariff assistance, plus some budget measures.
Under current government policy we are penalising the sector of the economy where there is the largest proportion of existing employment and the best prospects for future growth.
Detail from Jenny Watson’s The Pretty Face of Domesticity, 2014, oil and synthetic polymer paint on velvet striped shantung.
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Transit, Mechelen ©the artist
A major exhibition of Jenny Watson's work at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art spans 40 years in the creative life of a rule-breaking Australian artist.
Journalist Mehdi Hasan responds to a question from a Q&A audience member.
Do Muslim couples in Australia have 'on average 4.5 children' while other couples have '1.5 children'? Could Australia have a 'Muslim majority' in 'a couple' of generations? Let's check the evidence.