Australia needs an agreed approach to quality science teaching.
Australia’s performance in science continues to slide due to ineffective, traditional teaching practices and an outdated curriculum. Here's what needs to change.
“Cooling-off” periods for purchases made in high-pressure selling situations like door-to-door sales don’t help consumers, research shows.
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Customers who make purchases under pressure don't use the usual 10-day cooling-off period given under law, new research finds.
There should be a tax on sugary drinks and people need assistance to quit.
A collaboration of Australia's leading scientists, clinicians and health organisations announce ten priority policy actions needed for Australia to reach its health targets by the year 2025.
Cryonics has gone from the world of sci-fi movies to the law courts for the family of one 14-year-old girl.
A UK court has allowed a 14-year-old girl's body to be frozen until doctors find a cure for the cancer that killed her. Is this latest example of cryogenics hope, hype or hell?
The mitotic spindle inside a living cell, magnified x 80,000, captured by biomedical animator Drew Berry.
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When art meets the biological sciences, living matter becomes the medium. From the chaotic beauty of smallpox to poems implanted in bacteria, Bio-art investigates the boundaries of life and death.
Using the same network analysis used to identify criminal organisations, new research examines how men work in the film industry.
Women are underrepresented in the film industry, but it's not their fault. New research analyses the system that ensures male dominance and identifies the 'gender offenders': men who work predominantly with men.
Leonard Cohen, the Jewish-Canadian songwriter has passed away, in this extraordinary week. He will be missed, but not forgotten.
Leonard Cohen in 2008, just before he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Perhaps more clearly than Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen showed that songwriting can be a literary art. Within his apparently simple words lies a profound sense of playfulness and enigma.
It’s a funny way that I make my living. I spend anything up to 10 hours a day sitting at a desk talking to people with problems. I work in a practice which has set out to develop a culture of sharing triumphs…
Some intangible elements of a city, such as people’s attachments to the ‘vibe’ of a place, are critical to understanding that city.
Melbourne ranks as the World's Most Liveable City. But does that tell us what people really love? Lovability is a new approach to city metrics.
How to wipe out science fraud.
Is the risk of a criminal conviction enough to deter scientists from publishing bogus research findings?
Private security companies can help in family violence situations, but questions remain.
Initial experience indicates that private security companies can provide a beneficial service to victims of family violence, but there are still concerns that need to be addressed.
Donald Trump on the campaign trail. His rise may have less real meaning than many analysts suggest.
There has been much analysis on the rise of Donald Trump as the result of widespread social and economic unrest, but a look at the primaries shows it to be more of a quirk of the system.
Montaigne: his free-ranging essays were almost scandalous in their day.
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Montaigne anticipated much of modern thought, and was profoundly shaped by the classics. His Essays, so personal yet so urbane, continue to challenge and charm readers.
Ecological sustainability is at the core of Australia’s Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's proposed changes to Australia's national environment act will significantly reduce judicial oversight on environmental decisions. Here's why that matters.
A virtual reality scene – one for each eye – of a haunted ride.
The virtual reality rides of the early 20th century are now being documented in digital VR.
My attention fell this week on the reporting of an article accepted for publication in one of the main journals in my field. According to the ABC, placebo treatments for pain can be effective even when…
Naming and shaming exacerbates criminal behaviour due to the stigma attached with such a label.
Changes that would widen the gulf between Australian practice and international standards should be avoided at all costs.
Is Bob Dylan a poet in the great tradition of Sappho?
In the days of Sappho, John William Godward
Ancient poems were accompanied by a musical instrument called the lyre – from which we get the word 'lyric'. 'Literature' and 'poetry' are categories of our own making - so moving beyond them in a major award seems long overdue.
Dingoes play an important role in our ecosystems.
Wild dog attacks on livestock are devastating, but bounties and culling aren't the answer.