New research shows that fairy-wrens become more cautious as they change colour.
Being blue is risky for superb fairy-wrens: males become more cautious when their plumage turns blue, and other wrens take advantage by using them as colourful decoys.
The 2016 Census showed major changes in the ranking order of religious groups in Australia.
The changing pattern of the diversity of religious identities is one indicator of a society’s degree of multicultural composition. On this measure, Australia is among the most diverse.
Some musicians believe certain instruments, such as the trumpet, are more ‘masculine’.
Women are disturbingly under-represented in Australian jazz, with relatively few female composers and instrumentalists. What's holding them back? And what can be done about it?
Pauline Hanson has made claims about the negative impacts of having children with autism in mainstream classrooms.
Evidence shows that the senator's comments on the burden of children with disability are misleading.
The government should restore funding to public broadcasters SBS and ABC enabling them to produce more public interest journalism.
There are plenty of models around the globe where governments are supporting public interest journalism at arm's length.
People undergoing dialysis would have a better quality of life if they had a kidney transplant.
Many patients with end stage kidney disease would live longer and have a better quality of life with a kidney transplant compared to staying on dialysis.
Non-profit status enables media organisations in the US to avoid federal and some state taxes and donations to them can be tax deductible.
Tax deductibility for donations to non-profit journalism centres in the United States have invigorated quality journalism. This same model could help Australian journalism.
Elder abuse covers physical, sexual, psychological, emotional and financial abuse.
A report that recommends 43 ways to prevent elder abuse acknowledges we don't even know how often it occurs in Australia.
The government wants additional powers to access encrypted messages.
The Australian government wants to access encrypted messages, but don't call it a "backdoor".
The Oxford English Dictionary overflows with words that have been created (most during the 1800s) to tilt at governments of various sorts.
Here is a handful of extremely useful expressions with political application which have fallen by the wayside, but remain apt and adept today.
When the smart city looks inhuman: a robot police officer from Dubai greets guests at last November’s Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.
The corporate world has taken the lead in promoting various creative/smart city visions, which struggle to be inclusive, let alone entrust citizens with control over their lives.
We can encourage people to make healthy adjustments to their diets with simple behaviour techniques.
A lot of money is spent by food producers and retailers to try and influence the type of food we buy and eat. But what can be done to encourage healthier choices?
Who will be the UK’s next prime minister: incumbent Theresa May or Labour challenger Jeremy Corbyn?
Terrorism, Brexit, Scottish independence: there is a lot going on in the UK election, and the landslide once predicted for the Conservatives is no longer a safe bet.
Children hold signs at the C40 Mayors Summit in December 2016. Coalitions of local government are increasingly playing a significant role in combating climate change.
As the US leaves the Paris accord, how much faith should we put in international treaties? States, cities and local movements are increasingly important players in the fight against climate change.
The perceptual process that creates funny mondegreens has the potential to cause wrongful convictions.
From cussing McDonald's Minions to wrongful conviction, mishearing what is said can be funny but also very serious.
A simulation of the latest binary black hole merger detected by LIGO. Blue indicates weak fields and yellow indicates strong fields.
Numerical-relativistic Simulation: S Ossokine, A Buonanno (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics) and the Simulating eXtreme Spacetime project Scientific Visualization: T Dietrich (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics), R Haas (NCSA)
Scientists have made a third detection of gravitational waves, again caused by the merger of two black holes. But they think there's something different about the black holes in this case.
The benefits of healthy older people taking statins to prevent heart disease and stroke needs to be balanced with the risk of side effects.
An Australian trial will give us a clearer picture of whether healthy old people benefit from taking statins to prevent heart disease and stroke.
More young people are turning online for peer support networks.
Tumblr might the weird cousin of the other social media platforms, but it also makes a safe space for queer kids to hang out and understand their sexuality.
Sugary gummie vitamins are no substitute for a healthy diet.
It is our view vitamin “gummies” that contain food acids, and have a high sugar content, are not medicines consumers need and their sale should be prohibited on public health grounds.
Premature death is still an issue if the patient is in a nursing home.
We tend to consider the deaths of older people, and especially those in care, are due to natural causes. But new research shows how many die from injuries and violence.