La Trobe University becomes the first in Australia to move towards fossil fuel divestment after pressure from students, staff and alumni.
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La Trobe University is the first Australian university to commit to divesting fully from fossil fuels, but will it have any impact?
More than 7% of Western women choose not to have children.
Women who publicly state their desire never to be mothers in the traditional sense challenge the idea that woman and mother are synonymous.
Blended, rainbow, single or two-parents are just some of the ways to make a modern family.
It's tempting to look back nostagically when thinking about the idea of the "family", but the evidence shows that it's strong, functional and flourishing.
Wangaratta police at the capture of Ned Kelly in 1880.
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Was Ned Kelly a Robin Hood warrior or a lone wolf/dangerous criminal/whacko? Given enough cultural oxygen, outlaws are apt to become folk heroes - something today's shock jocks might care to remember.
Two former IT professionals in Melbourne have recently opened a community makers workshop.
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Unable to produce high-quality, meaningful results in their paid work, people are increasingly looking to satisfy this need in their leisure time.
Blue-green algae in the Murray River upstream of Mildura in April.
Toxic algal blooms were unheard of in Australia's major waterways before 1991. Now the Murray River has been struck by four major events in less than a decade, with more likely in the future.
If a funding promise is later “unpromised”, does that constitute a cut?
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Among Labor's most popular refrains is the claim that the government has cut $80 billion from schools and hospitals. Is it true?
The promise of recently explored oilfields dictated British interest in Mesopotamia (roughly, modern-day Iraq) during the Sykes-Picot Agreement negotiations.
The Sykes-Picot Agreement delivered the spoils of war to Britain and France, and deferred the dreams of Arab nationalists.
A whole-of-community approach works best in shifting cultural attitudes and behaviours.
Most Australian women (87%) have experienced some form of street harassment, whether it's whistles, stares, unwanted comments or being followed by strangers in the street – often before the age of 18.
Donald Trump is now the de-facto Republican candidate after John Kasich and Ted Cruz ended their campaigns.
If Donald Trump is tapping into a more fundamental disconnect from the Washington establishment, he might attract many voters who have previously abstained or even voted Democrat.
The Coalition want to standardised literacy and numeracy testing for students in years 1 and 12.
While schools receive an extra $1.2 billion in funding for 2018-20, reforms for higher education are delayed by a further year.
Carp are a major threat to Australia’s rivers.
Yesterday’s announcement of funding for a National Carp Control Plan – including the release of the carp herpes virus – has generated a lot of interest in the media. I welcome plans to release the virus…
What should government and students contribute towards university degrees?
Increasing the amount that students pay towards their degree is likely to be on the cards of higher education in this year's election.
DCNS' ‘Shortfin Barracuda’ was the winning design for Australia’s next submarine fleet.
The Conversation’s experts respond to key aspects of the announcement that French company DCNS will be build Australia's next fleet of submarines.
Clashes over the building of a mosque in Bendigo are a reminder of how easily strong public feelings about immigration can be exploited.
Australians need to have a broad conversation about immigration. This must go beyond border security to discuss immigration's broad functions, social impacts and the national interests it serves.
Timor-Leste is one of the world’s most oil-dependent countries.
In terms of what is achievable, any foreign policy approach that does not account for strategic and historical realities is likely to fail.
The tiny rotifer has thrived for millions of years without sex.
Rotifers are tiny creatures found in ponds or puddles and can reproduce without sex. The theory says they should not have survived so how have they done it?
Finding specific mutations in humans means sorting through a lot of chrormosomes.
National Human Genome Research Institute
An article published this week in Nature Biotechnology may require me to make a few changes to next week’s lectures on Mendelian genetics. An international group of geneticists have found people who have…
It’s a challenge for some transgender people to project the voice of their preferred gender.
One of the primary ways people express their gender is through their voice. Voice features such as pitch, voice quality and inflection signal the person’s gender to others.
The new funding meets some of the shortfall left by the 2014 budget cuts.
States will receive an additional A$2.9 billion from July 2017 to June 2020, with growth in Commonwealth funding capped at 6.5%. The Conversation's experts respond.