A prehistoric scene showing ancient penguins, elephant seals and giant marsupials. A rich diversity of both marine and land creatures once lived at Beaumaris, Melbourne, about 7 million years ago.
Peter Trusler, Monash University
Palaeontologists say it's rare to find a rich fossil site in an urban area. That's why they're worried such a site near Melbourne could be threatened by proposed development.
The ALP’s national conference, held in Melbourne over the weekend, was Bill Shorten’s first as Labor leader.
The Conversation’s experts respond to the ALP national conference on matters of asylum seekers, health, education, party reform and more.
Did your folks finish high school? If not, you might be getting paid less for it.
State Library Victoria
A new report shows that hourly wages of workers whose parents had a tertiary degree are significantly higher, on average, than hourly wages of workers whose parents have lesser qualifications.
What could be out there? That question eventually led to the discovery of Pluto.
The existence of a "Planet X" in the outer solar system was the subject of great speculation, and was finally settled with the discovery of Pluto in 1930.
The cycles of nutrients into the oceans following the building of mountains may have been a prime driver of evolutionary change.
John Long, Flinders University
The rise and fall of the essential elements for life could have influenced the way life evolved over many millions of years.
The colder months of the year don’t inevitably lead to an expanding waistline.
Time spent indoors during winter provides a good excuse to eat more, and generally indulge. But does the weather really influence what we eat, or is it merely a fig leaf for our inherent gluttony?
Cybersecurity is becoming increasingly important.
Online infrastructure and business are becoming increasingly important, as is our need to focus research efforts on securing them from cyber-attack.
Stage musicals, such as the Rocky Horror Show, don’t necessarily make sense. Nor do recent changes to arts funding.
AAP Image/Paul Miller
In cultural policy every good idea becomes a bad one if the context is confused. The fact there wasn’t initial clarity around the Program for Excellence indicates it will probably do more harm than good.
Smoking has long been embedded in prison culture.
It's fair to say Victoria's ban on smoking in prisons has had some teething issues, but there's strong evidence to suggest the move is doing the right thing by inmates, staff and the health system.
Kevin Rudd was portrayed as interfering, micro-managing and bullying in his first stint as prime minister – but some painted a different picture.
Whose "truth" best explains the implosion of the Rudd-Gillard Labor governments? Multiple "truths" are presented in the ABC's The Killing Season as we continue to pick over that era's debris.
How we think things may have looked: In early Cretaceous China, a pair of
Beipiaosaurus make way for a pack of Yutyrannus trudging over a recent snowfall. Large pterosaurs ( Feilongus) and tiny birds ( Eoenantiornis) take flight.
The latest Jurassic World movie has been criticised for its less than accurate portrayal of some of the dinosaurs. But how we imagine they looked and behaved has changed many times over the years.
Indominus rex readies her attack in Jurassic World.
ILM/Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment
Plenty of action in the new dinosaur movie Jurassic World, in cinemas from Thursday. But how realistic are the dinosaurs and who are the real monsters when we play around with nature?
Could random testing put a dent in the drug market?
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It is unlikely that drug testing in workplaces and at nightclubs will have any discernible impact of rates of use.
Millions of calls to Centrelink went unanswered as Australians waited a collective total of 811 years in 2013-14.
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Centrelink's failure to answer calls is a sign of a deeper problem: a lack of respect from government services for vulnerable citizens.
A great white shark captured off the coast of Mexico.
We used to think of sharks as primitive fish because the had cartilage instead of bones. Turns out there was a good reason why and it makes them anything but primitive.
Even if there were a constitutional ban on racial discrimination, racism would remain entrenched.
AAP Image/Dan Peled
Superficial changes are not enough. A violent foundation and the displacement of Aboriginal laws are the bigger issues on which the Australian Constitution should be held to account.
Tesla’s lithium-ion powerwall isn’t the only technology available for household batteries.
Lithium-ion is currently the leading battery technology for home installation, but others are just over the horizon that might be even better.
There’s a sense that people who want to be child-free are somehow draft-dodging the duty of parenthood – we’ve done it and suffered, so why haven’t you?
Societies overwhelmingly endorse reproduction, but the pressure this places on people who don't want to have kids may be putting their health at risk.
George Brandis shocked the arts sector – and particularly the Australia Council – with his overhaul of the allocation of arts funding.
AAP Image/Dean Lewins
The more the 2015 arts budget is examined the less sense it makes. The changes contribute little strategically or politically – they just make an entire sector nervous. And culturally, they will improve nothing.
Billions were expected to be saved from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme – but surprisingly the budget only outlines $252 million in savings.
The big surprise about this year’s health budget was what wasn’t there – billions of dollars in expected savings from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.