Brain-reading technology can still be tricked.
Most Australians would agree they have a right to privacy, a right not to incriminate themselves, and a right to freedom of thought. Brain fingerprinting threatens all three.
An emoji laughing so hard s/he is crying (or visa versa)
Emails are here to stay, even if they knock down the odd Presidential aspirant or two. But that does not prevent us from thinking about their many ambivalencies.
Artificial sweeteners pose their own problems.
We know we need to cut back on sugar, and focussing on eating more whole foods can help change our desire for sweetness.
In Hounds of Love, Kate Bush’s extraordinary vocal performances are the musical equivalent of speaking in tongues. There are few more thrilling, literate, and ambitious works of popular music.
Police operations online sometimes have shaky legal grounds.
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Without proper checks, police could have significantly expanded scope to search homes and computers around the world.
If you have high blood pressure, smoke or have diabetes, you’re at risk of chronic kidney disease.
The number of Australians with chronic kidney disease is set to rise, but there's no cure for most people. Here's what you need to know about this silent killer.
The Victorian government is aiming to boost renewable energy to 40%.
Victoria's plan to legislate its own renewable energy target of 40% by 2025 shows how states are increasingly taking the energy policy reins away from the federal government.
Bunions are more than just a cosmetic issue.
A bunion is an enlargement of the inner portion of the joint at the base of the big toe. Does it need to be removed?
About 30% of all Australian schools are affiliated with a religion, and 94% of private schools.
Religion in schools has always been contentious and especially so in Australia, where there is a commitment to secular principles.
The Robert E. Lee statue for which the ‘Unite the Right’ rally was organized to protest its removal in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The violence sparked by the removal of Confederate statues in the US shows the ideas that collect around historical monuments. Sometimes it's better to remove them; yet they can be an important way of remembering trauma.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai says the memo “crossed the line”.
Google has fired the author of a controversial diversity memo. It would have been better to create more forums for discussion.
The FFA, headed by Steven Lowy, is currently beset by an array of challenges to its control of football in Australia.
It’s worth defending the principle that the national governing body, not the clubs and not the states, should run football in Australia.
Walking is free, easy and can get you from A to B - but does it “count” in terms of how much exercise we need?
Fitness, strength and mobility are important for us to live happy and healthy lives, how much does walking improve these measures?
The problem with the This Girl Can campaign is that the male gaze remains dominant, internalised as self-perception.
This Girl Can/Sport England
While getting more women to take part in sport is a laudable achievement, it would be better if the campaign also helped free them from the objectification of the dominant male gaze.
Having only a few people with most of the wealth, motivates others. This theory is actually wrong according to research.
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Inequality actually restricts people from earning more, educating themselves and becoming entrepreneurs.
Australia has largely moved beyond acceptance of extremely objectifying ads for products with no inherent connection with sex.
As soon as next year, TV ads in the UK that perpetuate gender stereotypes or mock those who don't conform to them will be banned. Should Australia follow suit?
Broadcaster Les Murray, who has passed away aged 71, was the archetypal team member.
Les Murray helped football transform itself from a predominantly migrant activity in Australia into what he loved to call 'the world game'.
Firefighters at the Coolaroo recycling plant earlier this month.
AAP Image/Mal Fairclough
The Victorian government is auditing every recycling facility in the state after a disastrous fire at Coolaroo. It raises a bigger issue: we don't know how many plants Australia has or where they are.
Blood permeates every tissue in the body, meaning just a few spoonfuls can tell us a lot about our health.
Blood is perhaps the most important window through which we can peer into a person's health or illness.
To conserve Earth’s remarkable species, such as the violet sabrewing, we must also defend the importance of science.
To conserve Earth's remarkable species, we must also defend the importance of science and scientific integrity.