You’re far more likely to drown in the water than get killed by a shark, so why are we more afraid of the latter?
A Stanford professor developed a handy way of estimating and comparing our risk of death from various events – the micromort.
Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu is making a historic visit to Australia.
Rather than boycotting the Israeli leader's visit, we should instead demand that he put forward some concrete proposals for a meaningful peace process.
US president Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in Washington.
In its valid claims to be regarded as a country that respects the rule of law, Israel is now at risk of demeaning that reputation.
Bernardi’s defection from the Liberal Party this week is less important in itself than what it says about a wider trend towards a fracturing of Australian politics.
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Let us turn to Shakespeare for guidance to describe the predicament in which Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, finds himself in his interactions with a bullying American president, damned if…
Australian political leaders love to talk about the ‘fair go’, but in truth we are moving away from it on many measures.
Although politicians claim to place a great deal of importance on the idea of the fair go, there are still significant ways in which Australian society seems to depart from this idea.
The Trump administration may prove to be a turning point for US-Australian relations.
Policymakers need to think outside the narrow confines of what has been regarded as “America first" policy postures that have dictated Australia’s foreign policy choices.
We experience lots of changes in our body as we age, and our eyes and ears are no exception. Unfortunately this toys with our senses.
Changes to our eyes and ears occur as a result of disease, genetic factors, "wear and tear" and environmental factors.
A Trump administration raises many questions about how America’s relationships with other world powers will play out.
Far from 'making America great again', Donald Trump's sloganeering will deepen mistrust of US motives and irreparably damage any prospect of co-existence, let alone a more co-operative world order.
Social definitions of sex tend to oversimplify the biological determinants of gender and anatomy.
When his partner was pregnant, Russell Brand announced he may raise the child 'gender-neutral' to avoid social constraints associated with being a boy or a girl. So what determines your 'sex'?
The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the primary vector of the Zika virus (ZIKV)
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We need to know more about how the Zika virus is transmitted between sexual partners but for now condoms remain the most likely effective way to prevent the sexual transmission of ZIKV.
President-elect Donald Trump has conceded that Russia sought to influence last year’s US presidential election.
Russian interests are far from aligned with those of the West, and no amount of revisionist commentary about Russia not being 'such a bad guy’' after all will alter that reality.
How our ancestors ate could explain why today’s humans are mostly right-handed.
The way early humans learned to handle food could explain why the majority of people today are right handed.
Timor-Leste and Australia will renegotiate a treaty from 2006.
A 2006 treaty governing the A$40 billion Greater Sunrise oil and gas fields has been a source of contention for a number of years.
The opportunity for emerging political figures to make their mark is considerable.
Here are five political leaders from around the world who are emerging as significant talents and possible contenders for influence in 2017 and beyond.
Monroe never performed in a formal theatre production, despite many key people in her life encouraging her to do so.
Marilyn Monroe was a magnetic film star, but she had the potential to be a truly great stage actress. Clues in her life point to a missed chance: to escape the pressure of Hollywood and blossom as a serious thespian.
Mosul is one of many war-torn cities in the middle East.
In the Middle East, there will be no easy choices for the incoming Trump administration - and a wild ride is likely to continue.
University students protest against President Nicolas Maduro, in October.
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Venezuela’s economic crisis is deepening, and dialogue between the government and its opposition is tense. What will it take to avoid full on dictatorship and an outbreak of political violence?
With Donald Trump set to take office next month, we need to review our foreign policy priorities.
The ball is rolling on the first foreign policy white paper in a decade - and there is much we need to think about.