Does it really pay to spray?
It's easy to whip out the fly spray, but our fondness for pesticides can bring knock-on effects such as increased resistance, and harming beneficial insects in and around our homes.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other Coalition MPs described Labor as weak on borders after the opposition and the crossbench voted to pass a bill allowing medical transfers from Manus and Nauru.
A refugee law expert on a week of ‘reckless’ rhetoric and a new way to process asylum seeker claims.
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Today on Trust Me, I'm An Expert, a refugee legal expert busts myths about how proposed medical transfer rules would work, and described some of this week's border security rhetoric as 'reckless'.
Standard of Ur mosaic, 26th century BC.
Enheduanna's name means 'Ornament of Heaven'. She wrote hymns and myths more than 4000 years ago, studied the stars and yet is almost entirely unknown in the present day.
Australia could be breaching its international legal obligations if it is not fairly assessing asylum seekers who apply for protection at customs.
Australia's immigration department doesn't keep a record of the number of people applying for asylum at airports. This means there is no oversight over the treatment of those seeking protection.
Microdosers take such small quantities of psychedelic substances that there are no noticeable effects.
Popular accounts of the effects of microdosing don't quite match the experience of long-term microdosers, according to this new research.
It’s not always clear where human organs come from in research papers.
International standards ban publication of research that involves any biological material from executed prisoners, that lacks human research ethics committee approval and that lacks consent of donors.
The warped spiral galaxy ESO 510-G13 seen edge-on.
The Milky Way’s disc of stars becomes increasingly warped and twisted the further away they are from the galaxy’s centre.
Canadian bank boards are bigger, much bigger. It means they can deal with what’s in front of them.
Evidence before the royal commission suggests Australian bank boards have been overpaid, underskilled and understaffed compared with those overseas.
A painting titled The Bridge Over the Waterlily Pond by Claude Monet.
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Bees can pick up unique characteristics in paintings by zipping quickly back and forth in front of them to detect abrupt changes in the brightness of an image.
Some people have an emotional reaction to many of their possessions, making it a challenge to get rid of anything.
While the KonMari method will help many people declutter their houses and reassess what they really need, for people with clinical hoarding disorder the process is much more complicated.
Research has found that the marriage equality debate had a significant impact on the mental health of some same-sex-attracted Australians.
The findings confirm that debate on issues related to minority groups' lives and well-being can significantly affect their mental health.
There’s a very good reason for those leg hairs.
Believe it or not, I have studied the hairy legs of spiders for years and can give you some definitive answers on this.
The connection between the gardens of Versailles, and your backyard garden, are closer than you might think.
From the Bible to Versailles, gardens are bound to their political and religious history.
Beds for rent: a shared room listed in Castlereagh Street, Sydney.
Living in shared rooms is on the rise, because it's more affordable – and more profitable for landlords. But it's also a more precarious, often overcrowded and poorly regulated form of housing.
Hate crimes against LGBTIQ people are continuing, and many are reluctant to report them. But recommendations from a new inquiry could help.
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A parliamentary inquiry looking at hate crimes against LGBTIQ people could acknowledge injustices in how past cases were handled, and take steps to ensure better reporting mechanisms.
Illustration to verse 1 of the children’s poem Old Santeclaus with Much Delight. 1821.
Several of Santa's modern features, such as his generosity, miracle-working, and focus on morality (being 'naughty or nice'), were part of his image from the very beginning.
The Parthenon is visible for miles around from the Acropolis (citadel) on which it stands.
The Parthenon has been seen as central to the history of Western civilisation. But the building has a troubled past that is somewhat at odds with our ideas of democratic values.
Players from all over the world, including Australia’s star forward Thon Maker - originally from South Sudan - play in the National Basketball Association in the United States.
Star basketball players are suffering the fallout from a race scare campaign by politicians from the Liberal party over crimes committed by a small number of young people who came to Australia from South Sudan
Abbott’s previous policies on Indigenous issues were characterised by funding cuts, exclusions and silencing – all of which makes his role as envoy highly questionable to Indigenous communities.
The proposals Abbott has pushed as envoy - more police in Indigenous communities and learning in English - demonstrates his ignorance and unsuitability for the job.
In most states where temperatures are increasing, Australians are at a higher risk of suicide.
Pollutants from fossil fuel combustion cause thousands of premature deaths nationwide every year. This is just one way our climate change policies impact on the nation's health.