A Greek amphora showing athletes, 4th century B.C.
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The idea that the athletic contests – held in honour of the Greek god Zeus for over a thousand years – were shut down by a puritanical Christian emperor makes for a good story. But is it true?
A forensic photograph featured in the film Unnatural Deaths.
courtesy NSW Police
Bereaved families strive to comprehend that there is nothing they could have done to prevent the death of their loved one. Viewing the crime-and-accident scene images can offer a path to healing.
Oysters can do a lot more than they’re given credit for.
Oysters aren't just good for a feed. They also give a vital boost to coastal ecosystems, which is why efforts are underway to restore Australia's once-abundant oyster reefs to their former glory.
Mayon Volcano erupts in Legaspi city, Philippines on 25 January 2018.
Francis R. Malasig/AAP
It feels as if volcanoes in our region are going off at a high rate right now - but it's reasonably normal activity for the "Ring of Fire" belt running around the Asia Pacific.
The CBA board, headed by Catherine Livingstone, is ultimately responsible for the bank’s risk management.
CBA's risk management strategy clearly states that responsibility rests with the board of the bank for any wrongdoing.
The IOC has adopted the dove as an official Olympic symbol.
History shows Olympic Games have only very limited ability to promote peace between warring nations.
The ‘balanced scorecard’ is a method used by banks, including the CBA, to assess workers for pay rises or other rewards.
Research shows that cash bonuses are responsible for many recent financial scandals. The alternative isn't that great either.
The new report started as a central plank of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s 2015 National Innovation and Science Agenda.
The Australia 2030: Prosperity Through Innovation report offers five “imperatives for action”: Education, Industry, Government, Research and Development, and Culture and Ambition.
Queer women were allowed to serve openly in Australia’s defence force from 1992.
While lesbian women were technically banned from serving in the Australia Defence Force until 1992, many before then found that military life was a place to express their love and desire for the first time.
Excessively protecting your child and taking over, doesn’t allow them to learn through experience.
Loving parent can think of nothing more important than protecting their shy children, but excessively protecting your child and taking over doesn’t allow them to learn through experience.
Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know was voted ninth in the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years poll. What makes some songs endure as a classic and others fade away?
Number crunching the Hottest 100 votes produces fascinating insights into shifting musical tastes and poses the question: why was 1997 such a great year for music?
Australians need better planning to cope with extreme heat.
Australia's scorching summers aren't just inconvenient: heatwaves are deadly. Yet new research has found many vulnerable people don't have a plan for extreme heat.
Aerial view of the Sydney Football Stadium, which is to be rebuilt, and Sydney Cricket Ground. Questions of stadium design to deal with extreme heat are becoming more urgent.
The Australian Open tennis and the recent Ashes Test cricket series show why our sporting stadiums need to be "climate-proofed" to deal with extreme heat.
It is commonly thought that anyone in ancient Rome who killed his father, mother, or another relative was subjected to the ‘punishment of the sack’. But is this true?
From being thrown off a cliff to being sewn into a sack with animals, ancient Rome is notorious for its cruel and unusual punishments. But we must be careful what we take as historical fact.
There is public appetite in Queensland to expand and enhance the state’s Indigenous ranger program.
Indigenous ranger programs have now been running successfully for a decade. Given Queensland's size and large Indigenous population, there's a strong case for expanding the program in that state.
Detail from the Roman-era Sousse Mosaic Calendar, El Jem, Tunisia.
Ad Meskens / Wikimedia Commons
If you’ve ever wondered why our 12-month year ends with names that mean the seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth months, you can blame the Romans.
Circus Oz’s Model Citizens seamlessly intertwines entertainment with political and social commentary.
Circus Oz's latest show furthers the company's commitment to politically driven, gender balanced circus.
Learning how to manage anxiety takes time and practice, so it’s not helpful to wait until stress levels are at a peak before seeking help.
Starting university is a common cause of heightened stress, with many new challenges for students to overcome.
Pierre Paul Rubens, le Temple de Janus (1635, Musée de l'Ermitage, Saint-Pétersbourg).
Janus, chez les romains, était le dieu de la transition – des fins, des commencements, des entrées, des sorties, et des passages.
Some children are born more resilient to change; others can need more support to manage.
Children feel worried or nervous in a new situation if they think something bad might happen or if they feel they won’t be able to handle the situation.