A simplified Tree of Life summarising the evolutionary relationships among a broad selection of living organisms.
Charles Darwin was one of the first to show connections in the variety of life by using a rough evolutionary tree. Things have developed quite a bit since then.
The rapid growth of Melbourne is threatening the very liveability that makes it attractive to so many people.
The increasing global focus on essential services and public space as a key combination for successful city-making is relevant to fast-growing Australian cities too.
Barbiturates have been used for several purposes including to treat sleep disorders, epilepsy and traumatic brain injury – as well as in anaesthesia and psychiatry.
It is likely that, ironically, any legalisation of euthanasia in this country will actually hinder the care of those most in need.
Parliament has closed for the Christmas break after a turbulent year.
Malcolm Turnbull's government has had a rocky year, almost losing an election and incurring a number of self-inflicted wounds. They will be hoping for better in 2017.
Aboriginal elder Major Sumner sits outside Liverpool’s World Museum with a box containing the skull of an Australian indigenous person, taken from Australia between 1902 and 1904.
The question of repatriating objects is clearly more complex than returning human remains. It needs more debate, and more creative interventions to move beyond the current impasse.
Alfred the aetiocetid had teeth but needed a better way to capture his tiny prey.
The largest animals on the planet - the baleen whales - prey on some of the smallest. But how did their teeth evolve into the filters they use today?
Shin'ya Tsukamoto (right) and Andrew Garfield in Silence (2016).
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Martin Scorsese's new film Silence will be shown to an audience of priests at the Vatican today. It tells the story of persecuted Christians in 17th century Japan - an event still remembered by Nagasaki's Catholic community.
Smartphones and other devices are popular in indigenous communities throughout Australia.
Cyber safety can mean a different thing for those living in remote Indigenous communities, and it needs to be managed carefully.
Punters cheer at the 2016 Glastonbury Festival. Revenue from live performances is growing.
In Australia, musicians' total income actually went up last year. While the music industry still faces many challenges, there is now a world-wide push to boost artists' royalties paid by streaming services such as Spotify.
Electric cars are one of the keys to long-term decarbonisation.
Countries have started announcing strategies to cut greenhouse gases over the next 35 years.
A lack of regulation of surrogacy in developing countries makes it easy for exploitation to occur.
The reasons for banning compensated surrogacy in developing countries don’t apply in Australia.
More needs to be done to protect people in astronomy from those who seek to abuse or harass others.
Allegations of abuse within CSIRO's astronomy division reveal how it can damage lives and careers. Much of this was hidden from view, including from friends and colleagues.
There is consistent high-level agreement with the proposition that ‘multiculturalism has been good for Australia’ across Scanlon Foundation surveys.
The 2016 Scanlon Foundation survey provides grounds for caution in applying overseas comparisons to shifts in Australian public opinion.
Malcolm Turnbull touring one of Australia’s large LNG fields.
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The way Australia taxes companies for gas projects now lags behind our closest neighbour, Papua New Guinea, which has reformed its tax system to ensure it gets money sooner.
Changes in global bond markets have effects on ordinary households and consumers in ways you might not be aware of.
The bond market is a backbone of the global financial system.
Claims by IVF clinics can be misleading making it difficult to interpret success rates.
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Our recent audit of success rates provided on the websites of IVF clinics’ in Australia and New Zealand identified some common traps in the way these figures are presented.
Trump’s access to nuclear weapons poses a new and unknown threat to global peace and security.
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Donald Trump will soon have command of thousands of nuclear weapons. This presents a new and unknown threat to global security - and an urgent incentive for all states to ban nuclear weapons.
In a recent survey, most men didn’t think their age was a big factor in their fertility.
While most people might think age only affects female fertility, there is growing evidence sperm quality decreases as men age.
Hillary Clinton concedes defeat flanked by her husband Bill Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine.
The prospect of a Trump presidency does not bode well for women in general and feminism in particular.
Trump must know low-tech manufacturing jobs are not coming back to America.
Many of the US’s current and mooted free trade negotiations are now dead in the water, but that doesn't mean it's game over for free trade.