If artificial intelligence can scan thousands of medical papers at the click of a button, will we need doctors in the future?
Opinion in the medical establishment is sure to be divided as to whether AI helpers are a good thing or just a flashy toy.
Artist’s rendition of a raid on a Chinese gambling house, 1872.
National Library of Australia via Trove
Chinese gamblers in Australia were once prosecuted and had to stand up for their rights, now they are sought after by Australian casino owners.
Pregnant women in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia were faced with the double fear of dying from Ebola as well during childbirth.
We found that less than 1% of published research papers around the time of both outbreaks, that related to the outbreaks, actually explored their gendered impact.
Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm is among those pushing for restrictions on the Adler shotgun to be lifted.
The hyperbole about the Adler shotgun simply does not match with the facts. This is symptomatic of the generally poor quality of debate around firearm policy in Australia.
Within weeks of the ‘Children Overboard’ claims, the Howard government enforced a media blackout of sorts on asylum seekers.
How do the media management strategies devised in haste 15 years ago affect how asylum seekers are portrayed today?
Upper Coomera is one of those fast-growing fringe suburbs that are hotter because of tightly packed housing with less greenery.
Recently published research has found that the concentration of poorer people in hotter places is a real problem for cities' capacity to cope with climate change.
Australia’s car industry got left behind on emissions standards.
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Australia's lax attitudes to vehicle emissions has been overlooked in Ford's exit.
The 27-year old ban on international ivory trade has clearly failed to deliver a sustained solution to the poaching crisis.
Ivory was a major talking point at the CITES CoP17 conference.Many feel the ban on trade doesn't work while others believe the ban is the only way to save the iconic species.
Some changes to visa rules could make travel easier for scientists.
Scientists from the developing world perceive current visa rules as a major impediment to professional travel. They miss out on opportunities to collaborate globally.
Suicide is uncommon during pregnancy – it occurs more frequently when a pregnancy is over.
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The clinical committee reviewing obstetrics services for the federal government's Medicare review said suicide is one of the leading causes of maternal death in Australia. Is that true?
Despite the increased focus on corporate social responsibility, businesses don’t seem to be cleaning up their act.
Publicly listed Australian companies are still falling short of proper corporate social responsibility, judging by most recent reports.
Persistent low growth shows fiscal and monetary policy aren’t working.
In the battle against slow economic growth, perhaps the government and Reserve Bank should try doing nothing and let the economy restore itself.
Death and destruction are a daily reality in Syria as the civil war drags on.
Tourism will have to be a key element in future peace-building and peace-keeping strategies in Syria.
Projects to adapt to climate change have come a long way since the 1960s when piles of cars were used to fight beach erosion.
To pay for the increasing costs of climate change Australia should have green bonds that finance projects that help us adapt. However research shows there are barriers to financing these bonds.
Getting around on a bike, a (mostly) fun way to travel green.
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Luxury holidays aren't just a dent in your bank balance – they're also doing untold harm to the environment. But you can have a good, green holiday.
IMF managing director Christine Lagarde has some tips for Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau.
Boosting growth could be as simple as getting more women into the workforce.
Professor Eske Willerslev talks to Aboriginal elders in the Kalgoorlie area in southwestern Australia.
Preben Hjort, Mayday Film
New DNA research working with Indigenous Australians is answering many of the questions about when and where the First Australians emerged many thousands of years ago.
Students and staff leading a protest at Sydney University on August 17, 2016.
Academics feel insecure, are overwhelmed by unmanageable workloads and burdened by bureaucracy. And things are only getting worse.
Fires in 1997 in Indonesia released over a billion tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. Indonesia’s forests burned again in 2015.
The world has lost 10% of its wilderness areas in the past 20 years and, with it, vast stores of carbon.
In the EU, Apple has made a powerful enemy.
Australian companies could fall foul of the same state aid rules being applied to Apple to crack down on tax avoidance.