Tread carefully when relying on forensic footwear evidence.
A US report has cast doubt on a range of techniques commonly used to secure criminal convictions, such as identification using bite marks, hair strands or footwear.
The #HillaryZombie hashtag pervades Twitter with criticism of her aged and tired appearance.
Since Hillary Clinton launched her first US Presidential campaign in 2007, the vitriol directed towards her has been heavily grounded in sexism. Former President Barack Obama recently commented on the…
Feral cats are a major driver of global biodiversity loss, contributing to 26% of bird, mammal and reptile extinctions.
Cats, rats, foxes and other mammal predators have been implicated in 60% of the world's animals extinctions.
Alcohol is a big part of our culture, but how do you know if you’re drinking too much?
It's important to know the recommendations on drinking to ensure we're not drinking too much for our own health and for the safety of others.
When not being forced to waste their time and formidable expertise researching furphies like wind turbine syndrome or homeopathy, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) can get on with…
In his first speech to the senate, new One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts compared himself to Socrates. So, would Socrates today be a climate denialist?
Reports often conceal the inflated capital funding that schools receive for things like play areas, swimming pools and gymnasiums.
The claim that school spending has increased is misleading and simplistic.
Baby doesn’t need to be doing sit-ups, but it’s important he’s not sitting in a confined space for long periods.
When we talk about physical activity for young children we don't mean exercise or going to the gym.
There are things that come from plants that aren’t in multivitamins.
Recent diet and health surveys show the typical Australian diet is far from what is considered a healthy diet. Can vitamin and mineral supplements come to the rescue?
The Grampians after a bushfire in 2014.
The Grampians, like much of Australia, has swung from Millennium Drought to Big Wet and back again, putting animal populations on a rollercoaster that could get worse as climate change bites.
Daniel Dennett, philosopher.
No comfort in Dennett for detractors of philosophy and humanities research ...
A purportedly serious publication in a serious forum that was published this week has given rise to a bunch of breathless CAM-related headlines in my news feed. CAM being Complementary and Alternative…
Wild horses are wreaking havoc in Australia’s mountains.
Long Road Photography (formerly Aff)/Flickr
Horses need to be removed from Australia's mountains. The debate now is around ethics and their role in Australian culture.
Hosier Lane, the iconic Melbourne laneway.
Businesses have traded on graffiti and the air of edginess that draws visitors to Melbourne's laneways. But they draw the line at sharing space with the homeless, whose right to the city is denied.
Protesters march against fracking in Melbourne.
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Victoria will permanently ban unconventional gas, and extend a moratorium on onshore gas until 2020.
Storm season in the Australian tropical savanna.
Australia's Great Northern Savannas are the largest and most intact ecosystem of their kind on Earth. But they still face pressure from grazing, mining and agricultural expansion.
Research in the humanities has come under attack from the Daily Telegraph in recent days.
The decision to refuse the ARC and academic researchers a right of reply appears to be a straightforward breach of the News Corp Australia code of conduct.
Australia has a higher proportion of inmates in privately operated prisons than any other country.
Recent developments in the US suggest it might be time for Australia to rethink its reliance on private prisons.
The Division of Paediatrics and Child Health of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) has released a strongly worded statement about the harm caused to children in immigration detention…
What face do you see?
There's a concern that images posted on social media run the risk of disrupting the accurate identification of people allegedly involved in a crime.