Excavations at the limestone cave of Leang Bulu Bettue on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
Justin Mott (Mott Visuals)
Ancient bone and teeth ornaments found in an Indonesian cave advance our knowledge of the culture and traditions of some of the earliest people in our region.
After decades of sustainability initiatives, key environmental indicators keep getting worse.
The Capital Wind Farm, REUTERS/Jason Reed/File Photo
Why, after decades of international agreements, are we still damaging the environment? New research, looking at dozens of unsuccessful policies, has uncovered the basic elements of failure.
A cross stitch recreation of Nirvana’s classic album cover by Mr X Stitch.
Nirvana's Nevermind was emblematic of the 1990s. But in today's fragmented digital age, can anyone nominate an album that defines the first or second decade of the 21st century?
The Fair Work Commission decided to cut penalty rates for hospitality and other workers.
The insistence by the Fair Work Commission that the government make a submission on penalty rates was not about their position, but a call on the government to take some of the responsibility itself.
The federal government released its National Science Statement today, reinforcing its commitment to science and innovation. But does it do enough?
Business heads in the retail sector are optimistic about the future, but they also scored high in opinion rather than evidence based language.
Face Value analyses the sentiment of business leaders in ASX top 100 companies and for 2017 it seems positive, although sometimes highly opinionated.
This rough and tumble sport has smashed through gender stereotypes – can it now be a force for social change?
Some of the global pressure points in 2017. Below is the analysis of each country, grouped by region.
As countries around the world deal with internal and international crises, the potential for faultlines to open is high.
Knowledge workers hate being micromanaged.
The number of "knowledge workers" in Australia is rising but they present a unique challenge to managers.
Jokowi’s timetable omitted several of the high-profile events planned for the earlier visit.
Jokowi’s visit was a good deal shorter than the one planned for last year. But it did highlight several important issues in the bilateral relationship.
An October 2016 peace rally in Bogota, just before the final accords were signed with the FARC guerillas.
What can Colombia can learn from other nations' transitions, both successful and unsuccessful, from war to peace?
Consumers are faced with more economic uncertainty than the bottoming out of interest rates would otherwise suggest.
If the stars align, consumers will benefit from increased economic activity in the short term. And if they don't, then the economic recovery will have consumers saving more in uncertain times.
Just say no! Tyranny depends on mass subservience.
The origin of tyrannical power is irrelevant: whether by election, inheritance or force, if rulership is oppressive, it is tyrannical. And the way to beat it is deceptively simple: refuse to comply.
Pourquoi tant d'enfants détestent-ils les maths ?
En fonction de leur pratique des maths à l’école, les enfants peuvent se demander à quoi sert cette discipline.
People mainly think of GPs over-prescribing antibiotics, but ubiquitous use in farming and other areas also contributes to resistance in bacteria.
We need a concentrated and coordinated effort by government and scientists if we're to stave off the threat of antimicrobial resistant bacteria.
It’s important to get the research across to and understood by decision-makers.
Research comes with risk and uncertainty so getting the right message across to the people who matter can be a challenge for scientists. A new plan out today hopes to change that.
The Doomsday Clock has been advanced to two and a half minutes to midnight. But what does that mean?
EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo
It's two and a half minutes to midnight according to the Doomsday Clock. But what is the clock and why should we pay attention?
What it could have looked like when humans and megafauna lived together: a giant macropod
Procoptodon goliah in the foreground, while Thylacinus cynocephalus hunts for prey nearby. A herd of Zygomaturus can be see on the lake edge of the ancient Willandra system.
Illustration by Laurie Beirne
The extinction of the giant reptiles, marsupials and birds that once called Australia home has been the subject of much debate, including the role early Australians may have had on their fate.
Bill Gates embraces Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg during an announcement of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to ‘cure, prevent or manage all disease’ by the end of the century.
The priorities of science are being influenced less by government policy and academia, and more by the priorities of the philanthropic giver.
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A handful of our business economics writers share the favourite books they read this year.