Long-term stable foster placements can achieve similar outcomes to permanent care placements.
Victorian child protection law reforms due to come into effect next month will give parents two years from when their children are removed to lift their game, before permanently losing custody.
Artist’s impression: Looking back 12.9-billion km towards the sun and the inner solar system from Sedna, one of the recently discovered minor planets in the Kuiper belt.
NASA, ESA and Adolf Schaller
The search for new objects, including new planets, in our solar system has turned up some interesting finds. There have been a few failures over the years too.
Near threatened: The Tasmanian Bettong (
Bettongia gaimardi) is now part of a plan to save the species and restore a wider conservation area at Mulligans Flat.
Most wildlife plays a key role in any ecosystem. So when one becomes extinct, it can impact their habitat. And we're now finding we may have lost more species in Australia than first thought.
An artist’s impression of the giant shark, megalodon.
Giant sharks did once exist in our oceans – many millions of years ago. But rumours persist that some may still be alive today.
An artist’s reconstruction of what the giant bird Dromornis would look like. Genyornis would be similar but slightly smaller.
Our entire knowledge of one of Australia's extinct ancient giant birds is flawed because experts have been looking at remnants of the wrong egg the whole time.
L’une des vénérables habitantes des pentes du mont Wolf sur l'île Isabela.
Lorsque Lonesome George, une tortue géante des Galapagos, mourut à 100 ans, beaucoup pensèrent que son espèce venait de disparaître à jamais avec lui... mais il n’en était rien.
Clinical perfectionists constantly strive for ambitious goals and judge their self-worth on the achievement of these goals.
Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock
Some clinical perfectionists avoid or procrastinate because they fear not being able to meet their desired standards.
One of the several precious giant tortoises recently found on Volcano Wolf, Galápagos Islands.
When 100-year-old giant tortoise Lonesome George died in 2012, the world thought his species was lost forever. We went to the Galápagos Islands looking for 'extinct' tortoises – and we found them.
Up into the imagination!
John Polgreen/James Vaughan/Flickr
Have you ever wondered what real scientists think of science fiction? Here's a selection of top pics from those in the know.
The genetically modified salmon (rear) grows twice as fast as a non-GM fish.
The US food authority may have approved GM salmon for our consumption, but it may take time before any appear in our stores.
How useful is ERA for measuring research quality?
The new impact framework will improve some of the problems arising out of the ERA's university research audit, but major challenges will remain.
Pets are under-rated and under-researched in their positive effects on our health.
Flickr/ US Pacific Fleet
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.