Biometric systems are increasingly used in our civil, commercial and national defence applications.
Current techniques to protect biometric details, such as face recognition or fingerprints, from hacking are effective, but advances in AI are rendering these protections obsolete.
It has been compulsory to vote in Australia - unlike in most other countries - since 1924.
With world-first compulsory and preferential voting, Australia was born not on the battlefield but at the ballot box.
The market reaction to the “ban” was telling, underscoring the problem of being so reliant on a single client.
The standoff over Australian coal imports through Dalian sends a powerful political message: that Beijing can turn imports off and on at will.
As the US-North Korea summit comes to an abrupt end, denuclearisation is a fantasy that is leaving Washington as the odd man out on the Korean Peninsula.
Any meaningful breakthrough in the relationship between the US and North Korea is once again stalled by the insistence on denuclearisation.
Faces form during the very early stages of embryology.
Problems in facial development can occur with the skull, face, blood vessels, muscles, jaws and teeth. But it's the hard palate forming the roof of your mouth that's most commonly affected.
Protestors at the Women’s March in Washington in January 2017. There was intense discussion of intersectionality at the time of this march.
The term initially focussed on the intersection between race and gender, but more recent uses have extended to include
sexuality, gender diversity and disability.
Timing is of the essence when it comes to growing wheat.
Australian wheat growers need to boost yields to stay competitive in the face of climate change. They could do this by sowing earlier, but need new varieties of wheat to help them do it.
Letham with her board.
Dee Why library.
Isabel Letham was one of the first Australians to ride the waves. After moving to the US in 1918, she became an epitome of the modern woman: economically independent, physically daring and unapologetically ambitious.
Should parents be allowed to build their babies by design?
Imagine a future society where parents can choose the characteristics of their children. Does that turn babies into consumer products., and what choice does the child get?
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“Just say no” messages are ignored because young people want to have fun.
People who use party drugs say it gives them energy to dance and socialise, reduces their inhibitions and enhances their feelings of connection to others.
The Country Fire Authority was founded in 1944, almost five years after the Black Friday tragedy.
AAP Image/Simon Mossman
Victoria's Country Fire Authority was founded in the aftermath of a previous bushfire tragedy – the 1939 Black Friday blazes. But its creation was a bigger political saga than many people realise.
Women aged in their 20s are more likely to have an abortion than women in their 30s.
Women of all walks of life have abortions: married, single, child-free, and mothers. New research shows what's happening in their life when they do.
Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Ted Danson, Jameela Jamil and D'Arcy Carden from The Good Place. The TV series’ navigation of ethics shares touch points with Australia’s banking royal commission.
American fantasy-comedy The Good Place has covered some surprisingly similar ground to Australia's banking royal commission.
We need a new legal definition of ‘parent’ to reflect the diversity of Australian families.
Who is a child's legal parent? The question is at the heart of a case due before the High Court this year. It may have implications for children born via IVF or surrogacy, and the people who raise them.
Exercising during pregnancy is fine, so long as it’s not a tough new regime.
Five out of five experts agree running during pregnancy is OK.
Is the arrest of Yang Hengjun part of a series of retaliatory measures by the Chinese government?
The unexplained detention of author and diplomat Yang Hengjun has raised more questions about the motives of a Chinese government under stress from within and without.
There are many genes involved in shaping not just our biological sex, but also our gender identity.
It's not about trauma or how you were raised: evidence now points to a biological basis for transgender, and to the action of particular genes in that determination.
Rio Tinto’s mineral sands mine near Richards Bay, north of Durban. Plans for similar operation in the Xolobeni region south of Durban have been resisted by the local community.
Mathias Rittgerott/Rettet den Regenwald
Australia's government can do more to ensure Australian mining companies do no harm in pursuit of Africa's mineral wealth.
Linen Market, Dominica, oil painting by Agostino Brunias, circa 1780.
Jean Rhys's prequel to Jane Eyre explores the monstrous figure of Rochester's mad wife Bertha, prompting readers to think about the racialised legacies of colonialism.