Hugh Hefner in 2001with Playboy ‘bunnies’.
The passing of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner prompted both positive and negative eulogising. From one perspective, he was a revolutionary who helped to dismantle the long-standing secrecy and shame surrounding…
The government has so far refrained from putting a legal limit on LNG leaving our shores.
Ken Hodges/Wikimedia Commons
By signing an agreement with the big three producers, the government has effectively made the east coast gas shortage evaporate. But there's no guarantee the price pain will go away too.
If you start running the same distance every day you’ll increase your base level of fitness, but you’ll plateau after a while.
The more you exercise, the more your body adapts to it. Here's how you can improve the gains from your training.
The electron microscope’s resolution has radically improved in the last few years, from mostly showing shapeless blobs (left) in 2013 to now being able to visualise proteins at atomic resolution (right) in the present.
Martin Högbom/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to scientists who developed a way to study biological molecules under an electron microscope.
Catalans protest the Spanish government crackdown after voting for independence.
Despite the passionate for which they are usually fought, independence movements are rarely successful and their outcomes less than hoped for.
Respecting the autonomy of young people in their health-care choices is important.
The Victorian law provides if a child has made a valid advance directive including instructions to refuse a particular medical treatment, a health practitioner must not provide that treatment.
On the prowl in the outback.
Hugh McGregor/Arid Recovery
For the first time, researchers have estimated the toll taken by feral and pet cats on Australia's bird life - and the numbers are high enough to push several species towards extinction.
Philosopher Herbert Marcuse in 1955.
Around 1970 Playboy magazine received an unexpected proposition from the radical German philosopher Herbert Marcuse - he would do an interview, if he could pose for the magazine's centrefold.
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.
U.S. Justice Department/Handout via REUTERS
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.