Pets are under-rated and under-researched in their positive effects on our health.
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Pets have been shown to have positive effects for physical health for some time, so why don't we take them more seriously?
Sometimes the most useful strategy is to avoid exposure in the first place.
Footage of wars, bombings and shootings can traumatise children. Here's how parents can help them cope with distressing content.
Older Australians don’t know how risky their alcohol habits can be.
The rate of risky drinking among young people is decreasing, while risky drinking among older adults is increasing.
Lear’s mordant images and sonorous cadences throb with dire warning and a sense of imminent catastrophe.
Lear's mordant images and sonorous cadences throb with dire warning and a sense of imminent catastrophe. So what's the play's key message, for current times, with Geoffrey Rush in the title role?
Following a sustained and vocal campaign by the arts sector, the National Program for Excellence in the Arts has been canned.
AAP Image/Alan Porritt
Following a sustained and vocal campaign by the arts sector, the controversial National Program for Excellence in the Arts has been rethought and renamed. Should we be celebrating or concerned?
This year’s Tropfest has run into trouble – what does that mean for Australian filmmakers?
The future of the worlds largest short film festival hangs in the balance. Can Tropfest survive? And, if not, what's the loss to Australia's film industry?
Sydney Opera House is illuminated in the colours of the French flag in a display of solidarity after the attacks on Paris.
Islamic State terrorism and propaganda are designed to provoke often predictable responses. We naturally respond with displays of outrage and solidarity, but we should beware the trap of division.
Most Australians would rather die at home than in a hospital ward, so why aren’t we enabling this?
Despite Australians' wishes, we spend more on people dying in hospital than enabling them to die at home.
The life Adams was leading 100 years ago was far from a Hollywood fantasy.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, DC.
This Remembrance Day, spend some time with Claire Adams Mackinnon – the silent Hollywood movie star who stole the heart of Melbourne bachelor and lived the last 40 years of her life in Victoria.
Gough Whitlam, pictured here in 2008, looks at the original letter that dismissed him from office in 1975.
Sir John Kerr probably made his own decision to dismiss the Whitlam government much earlier than he acknowledged publicly while alive – but he came to this conclusion in discussion with others.
What is creativity? Tomes as thick as car tyres have been written addressing this question.
What is creativity? Tomes as thick as car tyres have been written addressing this question. The recently-released Global Creativity Index offers some answers but that doesn't mean they're the right ones.
The first driverless car tests are set to commence in South Australia this year.
Trials of autonomous vehicles are set to kick off in Australia this year. So how far down the road to driverless cars are we today?
Many marine reptiles like this nothosaur went extinct at the end of the Triassic, one of five major mass extinction events on Earth.
A fall in vital trace elements in our oceans could be one of the driving forces behind a number of mass extinction events during Earth's history.
Jules Wright was political, provocative and passionate.
As a theatre director and supporter of the arts, Jules Wright was political, provocative and passionate. She was also overlooked in Australia's obituaries when she died earlier this year. Why?
When researchers combined two industrial waste products they created a material that could clean up mercury.
Ashton Claridge/Flinders University
Could orange peel help clean up the oceans?
What should matter more to doctors – their patients' wellbeing or the law?
Doctors at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital are refusing to discharge refugee children back into detention. Which should be a priority - their duty of care to their patient or the law?
Women are more likely than men to be victims of economic abuse.
Momentum for reform to end domestic violence should not stop at the most dramatic expressions of abuse. Economic abuse can also contribute to a lifetime of struggle for women.
Magda Szubanski in one of her most famous roles - Sharon Strzelecki - in Kath and Kim, with actors Gina Riley, Peter Rowsthorn, Glenn Robbins and Jane Turner.
Magda Szubanski’s engaging debut memoir, Reckoning, is an exercise in precisely that: reconciling the past. It is also a celebration of the life and career of one of our greatest comedians.
Two exhibitions suggest a generational shift is taking place in Australian jewellery making. Lisa Furno, 2012 (detail), Mum’s going away dress (material, silk cord, sterling silver).
Two new exhibitions from young Australian jewellers explore the contemporary urban environment from radically different perspectives.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten speaking on Q&A.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten told Q&A viewers that Australia is the most unequal it has been in 75 years. Is that statement supported by the research?