An advertisement for breast implants in Sydney in 2015. Advertisements often promote a ‘natural’ ideal of beauty, even when advocating surgical intervention.
Many historic ideas about women's beauty - from prizing firm breasts to emphasising the 'natural' - continue to resonate today.
Human challenge studies can be useful to test new vaccines and are increasingly being used internationally. Yet there are several ethical issues to consider.
Deliberately infecting people with a disease-causing agent as part of carefully considered medical research can be ethically acceptable or even necessary.
The research around the benefits and risks of mobile phone use in classrooms is mixed.
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Banning mobile phones in school may seem sensible, but research and similar moves elsewhere suggest a blanket ban may introduce some problems.
You might feel a bit off after your flu shot but this doesn’t last long.
The flu vaccine takes about two weeks to start working and only protects against influenza, so you can still get sick from other viruses after your flu shot.
Deepfakes make it harder for us to communicate truths to one another and reach consensus on what is real.
We know that social media platforms have an incentive to promote whatever gets the most attention, regardless of its authenticity. We're more reluctant to admit that the same is true of people.
A nuclear reaction is under way inside the Sun.
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It's true that here on Earth, if you want to burn something you need oxygen. But the Sun is different. It is not burning with the same kind of flame you would have on Earth if you burned a candle.
Nawarddeken Academy’s self-built school is an example of reinvesting funds from payment for ecosystem services to meet critical community needs in innovative ways.
Image: Bjorn Everts/Nawarddeken Academy
We now have a proven model for supporting self-determined building on Aboriginal homelands. The next question is how can its reach be extended?
You might feel terrible. But your runny nose, sore throat and aches are signs your body is fighting the flu virus. And that’s a good thing.
How can a tiny flu virus make you feel so bad, all over? Here's what's behind your high temperature, muscle aches and other flu symptoms.
Junior sports clubs in Australia have policies in place for handling racial taunting and vilification, but punishments are rarely enforced.
New research has found that racial vilification is a common occurrence in junior sport in Australia – and is rarely punished when it happens.
New South Wales, which was 100% drought-declared in August 2018, is already suffering climate impacts.
Ten years ago, politicians such as Tony Abbott would routinely voice disdain for climate science. Now, while the policy debate remains fierce, the battleground has shifted to economics and jobs.
Governments have been reluctant to work towards increased overbank flows, but the Basin needs it to boost its resilience.
The Murray-Darling Basin might not survive future climate change shocks without changes to the plan.
The bright spot in the centre of the image is a new planet forming.
Valentin Christiaens et al./ ESO
Astronomers have found the first observational evidence for a disc of material around a giant young planet at a distant star. It's a place they think moons can form.
L'eau, une sérieuse alliée pour supporter la chaleur dans les villes. Ici, à Mexico.
Une bonne gestion de l’eau, couplée à la végétalisation, aide les villes à résister aux dérèglements climatiques. À ce titre, une initiative australienne apporte des solutions concrètes inspirantes.
Morrison’s Cabinet features a few new faces, and several familiar ministers in different roles.
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Scott Morrison's new ministry includes a few new faces and several new roles for familiar cabinet members. Our experts take a closer look at each portfolio.
Bright light does not necessarily make a space feel safer, as seen here where there’s a sharp drop-off into dark shadows at the edge of the path.
Bright lighting alone does not make a space feel safe. It can blind and disorientate and create dark shadows at the edges. Tellingly, 'unsafe' places had much higher illuminance than 'safe' places.
The panel of 60 Starlink satellites just before they were released to go into orbit around Earth.
Official SpaceX Photos
The first 60 satellites from Elon Musk's planned low orbit internet network have lit up the skies. But with more planned, astronomers say the satellites could ruin their work.
Boris Johnson is one of the leading candidates to succeed Theresa May as prime minster. He has none of the required qualities to make a success of Brexit.
If Boris Johnson becomes PM, the most likely outcome is a no-deal Brexit leavened with the rhetoric of past and future glories of the UK. There are better candidates for the job.
Screening millions of healthy people for their risk of disease can be cost-effective. But it raises ethical and regulatory concerns.
As DNA testing becomes cheaper, it becomes more feasible to screen large numbers of healthy people for their risk of disease.
Australia’s national policy response to HIV/AIDS has been lauded as one of the best in the world.
Successful policy accomplishments are rarely considered newsworthy, but there are plenty of cases where government policy has improved our lives for the better.
Towering canyons of concrete and glass are an increasingly dominant feature of fast-growing cities like Melbourne.
Planning controls in Melbourne were eased 20 years ago, with mixed results, and new limits are now in place. Will other cities that have eased height limits, like Adelaide, avoid the same mistakes?