Now that’s inventive! Spotted at Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers.
What's behind the fall in the figures for patent applications in Australia? Is it just a lack of innovation or is something else to blame?
Anyone teaching encryption without first getting clearance from the government could soon be wearing these.
The government's Defence Trade Controls Act effectively makes teaching encryption a criminal act and considers even a simple calculator as a potential weapon.
Not all eyes are on the prize: Eurovision is often as much about undeclared alliances, voting blocs and political paybacks.
Andres Putting (EBU)/Eurovision
For the first time, Australians can vote for this year's Eurovision winner. But it's as much a political battlefield as a song contest -- so hopefully the Russians have forgotten the “shirtfront”.
Cosmetic procedures quite often receive bad press; they’re seen as unbridled vanity and something to be frowned upon (if you can still frown, that is). But the industry drivers are far more complex than…
Nope, not nearly urban enough.
The quality of a public school is in location, location, location.
In his first budget and in opposition, Joe Hockey’s single-minded focus was on cutting the budget debt and deficits. For his second budget he’s telling a different story.
Joe Hockey's first budget was a declaration of ideological belief. The second is about political survival and depends on breathing life back into the economy -- the ideological urgency can wait.
Space endeavours require capital. And for most African countries, capital is a limited commodity.
Many do not associate Africa with the high-tech sphere of "space". However, in recent years, many countries on the continent have woken up to the potential and usefulness of space technology.
Joe Hockey, pictured arriving for the Liberal leadership spill in February, would not be delivering his second budget had Tony Abbott lost that vote.
In just a year, the Abbott government has gone from a radical nation-changing budget to promising a 'dull' one. Are we to believe the ideological zeal is gone, or has the survival instinct kicked in?
Progress M27-M will meet the same fate as the European Space Agency’s Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle which broke up on re-entry back in 2008 after a sucesful supply mission to the International Space Station.
NASA/ESA/Bill Moede and Jesse Carpenter
After a failed mission to restock the International Space Station, the Russian Progress M-27M spacecraft is set to burn up as it spins back to Earth.
Power shift: Richard Di Natale’s elevation as the new Greens' leader, replacing Tasmanian Christine Milne, marks the rise of the Victorian Greens.
The balance of power in Australian green politics has shifted with the choice of Victorian Senator Richard Di Natale as Greens' leader – and the speed of the change is a lesson for other parties.
The first budget for Victoria’s Labor government is aimed at education, health and transport.
The first budget handed down by Victorian Labor government emphasises expenditure in traditional areas of education, health and transport.
Economist Ian Harper has recommended changes to the misuse of market power provisions in Australian competition law.
Unless key words are clarified proposed changes to Australian competition law could actually harm competition.
Australian newspaper photographers have always been forbidden to show military failure or fragility.
AAP Image/Dave Hunt
Although more than 100,000 Australians have lost their lives as a result of war service, photographs of our dead have never been published in newspapers.Perhaps we should reconsider this.
Any information about birthing women are exposed to influences their expectations long before they directly receive maternity care.
Medical intervention in birth is normalised by both maternity care providers and all kinds of media. Our research shows information about the benefits of natural birth help women make better choices.
An unpiloted Russian Progress vessel used to resupply the International Space Station is similar to the Progress M-27M currently spinning out of control.
The big question now is whether the Russian cargo vessel will fall back to Earth or will it simply burn up on re-entry?
Codeine-containing painkillers may soon no longer be available over the counter in Australian pharmacies.
Australia's drug regulator is looking into reclassifying codeine-based drugs as prescription-only. This is a good idea because the easy availability of these pinkillers is causing substantial harm.
Bringing down over-investment in electricity networks is a complicated area for regulators.
Flickr/Indigo Skies Photography
A senate interim report suggests the retrospective write-down of state-owned gold-plated electricity assets. Good luck with that.
Robert Menzies meets the US defence secretary, Robert McNamara, at the Pentagon in 1964, the year before committing Australia to the escalating war.
Wikimedia Commons/PHC/Ralph Seghers
The anniversary of Menzies' fateful decision to commit troops to the escalating war in Vietnam marks a turning point that is at least as significant as the Gallipoli landings for Australia today.
People travelled a total of 40 trillion km in 2012, mostly by car.
Across the western world, the distance people travel is starting to fall. That's a good thing, for us and the environment.
The economic cost of workplace injury and death equals about 4% of the world’s gross domestic product.
Jens Schott Knudsen/Flickr
Work has a very important role in health and well-being but it can also be a major risk factor for poor health, disability, and even death.