Is academic writing complex for complexity’s sake?
Twenty years ago a journal published an article that argued that physics is a social construct. The author revealed it was a hoax wrapped up in obscure language, but has anything improved since then?
Some bacteria can to survive inside the oxygen-deprived environment of a tumour.
Scientists are working on a new method to cure cancer and have shown they can genetically program certain bacteria to invade the tumour cells of cancerous mice.
ICYMI, the ‘air-punch’ has made it into the Oxford English Dictionary.
From 'shiok' to 'narcocorrido' to 'sweary', the OED's new words are a linguistic smorgasbord. They include, for the first time, entries from Singapore and Hong Kong English - and an expression dating back to 1723.
Three more years for Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition.
What's in store for key policy areas, from health to education to infrastructure to asylum seekers, under a returned Coalition government?
Now finishing its fourth season, Rake is one of Australia’s most interesting TV dramas.
The ABC’s Rake is about to air its final episode. This smart, postmodern show ushered in a new kind of Australian satire: with less caricature than Front Line, more politics than Kath and Kim, and a fluid connection to high and low culture.
Ethan Hawke and Greta Gerwig star as John and Maggie in this intelligent, satirical screwball comedy.
Rebecca Miller's latest film, Maggie's Plan, takes on a love triangle and the tribal customs of academia.
Myrmecia croslandi ant carrying its prey backwards.
The navigation tactics of certain Australian ants could point the way to helping driverless cars find their way around.
Some of the Earth’s fault lines between tectonic plates in the East Asia region.
Earth is the only planet in our solar system with both plate tectonics and life. Is there a connection?
The Greens are the party of climate action - but do they embrace enough technologies to get there?
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The Greens have successfully cast themselves as the party of climate science. But to hit their climate goals they may need to become even more radical, by embracing technologies like nuclear power.
Arial font was as effective as Dyslexie front when the spacing of letters and words were enlarged.
A new font designed called 'Dyslexie' was labelled 'a breakthrough' by the media for reportedly being about to help increase the reading speed of those with dyslexia. But does it really work?
Sparrows are one of the five most common birds in Australian cities.
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Sparrows are one of the commonest birds seen in Australian cities. But the first ones didn't come from England.
It is rare for unions and the ACTU to completely get their own way in policy.
The ACTU's main election campaign focus is to target 28 marginal Coalition seats, including 11 in NSW and six in Queensland: the key battleground states.
The scope for systems like universal banking is smaller in an age where consumers can shop around for financial products.
The idea of separating out the retail arms of the Big Four banks, featured in the Greens election policy, has merit and has been done before.
Most people die in floods when they choose to go into the water.
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A total of 1,859 people have died in floods in Australia in the past 115 years.
There appears to be a lack of transparency about the poor success rates of IVF.
Assisted reproductive technology is a highly profitable global industry, with fertility clinics increasingly being regarded as an attractive investment option.
Should people with brain disorders receive different punishment for crimes?
Some believe neuroscience should change the way we punish criminals, but courts have been slow to embrace new approaches.
Five minutes, that’s all! Behave tolerably well for 5 minutes each day, for 25 measly minutes each week, that’s all we ask. The rest of the time, traders can behave like overgrown schoolyard bullies, as…
Opponents of projects are often scorned as NIMBYs, but active citizenship and local consultation are key elements in creating a city that works well for as many people as possible.
Cities are home to many different people who will not always agree. We need to learn to embrace public debate as an ongoing, constructive process for working through diverse views and values.
Westpac Chief Executive Officer Brian Hartzer gave excuses for traders behaviour in regards to the BBSW benchmark.
With all the weight of evidence stacked against the banks in the case of BBSW benchmark, surely now is the time for the government to enforce regulation.
It may be the effect of the election but the regulation of banking in Australia appears to be descending into farce. Just last week, maybe in anticipation of adverse events to come, the Australian Financial…