Denmark is considered the happiest country in the world.
Increasing well-being is generally accepted as one of the essential components of social progress. But which measure of well-being – if any – should we use ?
Pocket your phone without worry.
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Did your holiday gift list include radiation-shielding undies to protect your privates from cellphone radio waves? A radiation expert explains they're unnecessary – your phone won't affect your fertility.
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What will Donald Trump do for women as president? Republicans want to curb abortion rights, but Trump could break new ground and win female support by delivering on child care and paid family leave.
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Back in the early 1900s, if you felt a bit sluggish you could reach for a beverage enhanced with radioactive elements to really add some pep to your step. It wouldn't be a healthy choice, though.
Autophagy lets neurons clear out harmful proteins.
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Yoshinori Ohsumi's research on autophagy – a process that lets cells clear out harmful materials – brought biology and medicine closer to finding treatments for chronic and deadly diseases.
Could we use Cold War fallout shelters?
Is the U.S. prepared for nuclear attacks from terrorists or rogue nations? A radiation expert explains how Cold War-style fallout shelters could help protect us from this growing threat.
Should Hillary Clinton win the White House the long evolution of Australia-US alliance should continue as normal.
US presidents over the past 25 years have had varying views of the alliance with Australia. While none have questioned its value, commitment has not been even across the board.
Malcolm Turnbull campaigned on promises of a stable government – but given the Coalition’s slim victory, this may not be possible.
To understand how Australia's political uncertainty is being seen elsewhere, we reconvened our panel of experts from the UK, US, Indonesia and NZ to respond to the election results.
‘A-Day’ marked the first of 23 atomic bomb explosions at Bikini.
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In the summer of 1946, the U.S. government detonated the first of many atomic bomb tests in the Marshall Islands. Seventy years of radiation exposure later, residents are still fighting for justice.
Does the rest of the world care about Australia’s election?
Experts in the UK, US, India, Indonesia and NZ explain how Australia's election is playing out abroad and what's at stake for our neighbours and allies.
OPEC can’t stop the flow.
OPEC has been declared dead in recent months as the group of oil-exporters has been unable to agree on a plan to stabilize the market. But was it really ever alive in the first place?
After one reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant caught fire and exploded in 1986, the whole site was encased in a concrete sarcophagus.
The meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 exposed 572 million people to radiation. No other nuclear accident holds a candle to that level of public health impact.
In scientific research, repetition is good.
Scientists build on knowledge gained and published by others. How can we know which findings to trust?
Factory smokestacks, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Do environmental regulations help or hurt the economy? Ask the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates and you'll get starkly different views.
Available online: Georgetown’s high-throughput equipment for biomarker staining.
Science and technology research has become so complicated and expensive that a gap has grown between the experiments scientists would like to do and what they have the means to do.
Elementary school students about 13 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant walk past a geiger counter in 2012.
Remediation will never get radiation to zero in the area affected by the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant. Rather than safety, the conversation should focus on acceptable risk.
AIDS advocates moved global health onto the international agenda.
After 35 years, AIDS has changed the way the globe thinks about health, culture, and politics.
Treatment has transformed the outlook for people living with HIV from almost certain death to a manageable chronic condition.
Despite the breakthroughs in HIV and AIDS research, without an effective vaccine, the world will not get to zero new infections and deaths.
A man lights candles as part of a World AIDS Day event in Jakarta.
Globally, the health community is moving to a point where there could be zero new HIV infections or deaths. But it has been a long road.
Barack Obama has become adept at welcoming new Australian prime ministers to the White House.
2016 will be a year of transitions in the Australia-US relationship. Against a backdrop of change are three important issues: the fight against Islamic State, China, and passage of the TPP.