Women in the 1960s were the first to experience the reproductive freedoms of the contraceptive pill.
Before the pill, contraceptive options were extremely limited and generally required the cooperation of the male partner. Almost 60 years later, the pill remains the mainstay of contraception.
‘The Block’ in Redfern has been a site of struggle and activism for Indigenous inclusion in planning processes.
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While planning policies and practices have contributed to marginalising Indigenous people, planners can now work with them to ensure they have their rightful say in shaping Australian communities.
Eyes in the sky: drone footage is becoming a vital tool for monitoring ecosystems.
Deakin Marine Mapping Group
Ecology is in the midst of a technological revolution. From tiny sensors that can be fitted to animals, to swarms of remotely-piloted drones, researchers have a host of new ways to study the natural world.
Australia currently keeps only a fraction of the fuel it needs in reserve.
Australia depends on imported fuel to keep running. We never got around to setting up an official reserve, and that means we're already at risk.
Football Federation Australia has scored some own goals this year.
What should have been a great year for Australian soccer has been let down by underwhelming fan interest and a distracting dispute between Football Federation Australia and A-League clubs.
The battle for the Franklin River runs far deeper than simply providing the backdrop for a political tug-of-war.
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Essays on Air: how archaeology helped save the Franklin River.
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The battle to save the Franklin River - an exhilarating story of politics, cultural heritage and passionate environmentalism - captivated the nation in 1983.
Four of the six shortlisted books for the 2018 Stella Prize were from smaller presses, as was the winner, Alexis Wright’s Tracker.
As major publishers chase bestselling books, small ones are leading the way in publishing Australian literary fiction. And of late, they have been sweeping our major literary awards.
Families have secrets - and sometimes we don’t know our complete genetic histories.
Ancestry and identity are not the same thing. A scientist tells the story of what happened when he sent his DNA to an ancestry company.
The sugar industry has a lot of influence over health policy.
Australia needs a sugar tax, as part of a broader national nutrition policy, to combat the obesity crisis. And the sugar industry is getting in the way.
Australian businesses will not be forced to comply with or fall foul of the new data regulation merely because they maintain websites accessible in the EU.
Our taste system is conditioned so foods higher in energy taste better.
Recent studies have shown that we may be able to train ourselves to become more sensitive to certain tastes, which leads to feeling more full and satisfied after eating a meal.
Flamingoes dance on a lake in South America in Planet Earth II Live in Concert.
Planet Earth II Live fuses footage from the BBC series with live orchestration. Despite some narrative flaws, it's a stirring call to look after our environment.
Young southern brown bandicoots (Isoodon obesulus obesulus), an endangered marsupial species living in outer Melbourne.
Endangered bandicoots have been found in the outskirts of Melbourne.
Incoming US ambassador to Australia Harry Harris has been reassigned to South Korea, meaning Australia is still without a US ambassador.
The US Ambassador to Australia post remains vacant after Admiral Harry Harris was reassigned to South Korea. But the diminished role of ambassadors means this is not cause for alarm.
The US Democratic Party have filed a lawsuit against Russia, alleging Russia hacked party computers.
The US Democratic Party has filed an unprecedented lawsuit against Russia for alleged hacking during the 2016 presidential campaign. The case contains lessons for Australian politicians.
I love to go a-wandering.
Four out of five experts say walking is enough exercise.
A federal court in San Francisco has ruled a class action brought by Facebook users in Illinois can go ahead.
In a major blow to Facebook, a judge has ruled that a class action can proceed. If similar actions are brought around the world, Facebook could face billions of dollars in damages.
Age-gap couples often raise eyebrows, but report greater relationship satisfaction.
An overwhelming majority of couples share similar ages. But some eschew the norm, and they may even have a better relationship.
The greenest option might be to get a disposable bottle but never dispose of it.
We all know that tap water is better than buying bottled water, from an environmental standpoint at least. But what should you drink it out of? A single-use bottle, used multiple times, might be best.
Google’s Project Loon uses high altitude navigable balloons to deliver internet to rural and remote areas.
Tech companies such as SpaceX, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are competing to bring internet to areas without access in the developing world. And that's a problem.