The health of our soils is poor – and getting worse. Here’s why that matters and what we can do about it
Today, these plants are iconic to the Australian bush. But banksias and their many relatives originated in far-away shores 130 million years ago.
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The International Court of Justice has heard arguments from each side of an extraordinary genocide case. What was said, and what happens now?
Most Australians think of scorpions as exotic desert animals, but they are fairly widespread across the continent. Still, next to nothing is known about most local scorpion species.
Carbon farming has its problems, but we shouldn’t write it off. After all, good projects can store carbon – and bring back habitat.
This week, the High Court made an order which overturns the laws on which much of Australia’s immigration system is based. What happens to the law, and those most affected by it, now?
In May, the Northern Territory government greenlit the mammoth Beetaloo Basin fracking project. But they did so based on a report with optimistic projections on offsets and emissions.
Crest-tailed mulgara (
Dasycercus cristicauda) from the Simpson Desert, Queensland.
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We found three previously unknown species of mulgaras hiding in museum collections – but all three have been driven to extinction since European colonisation of Australia.
AAP Image/Mick Tsikas
Currently, when a visa applicant or their child has a health condition or disability likely to incur ‘a significant cost to the Australian community’ they can be deported.
Most of us see only the dry treeless plain and spectacular sea cliffs. But beneath the surface there’s a precious world of caves and unique species that could be lost without better protection.
Mathematical models, video games and experiments with ants can all further our understanding of the dynamics of war.
Photo by Stevie Ziogos
Fatal stabbings are the leading cause of homicide in countries with restricted access to firearms, including Australia. New research could help solve these cases.
The Titan disaster happened in international waters, in a commercially operated vessel, and with victims of different nationalities. Any details that emerge will likely be treated with sensitivity.
The awarding, and revoking, of military medals is more complex than it appears, and is no replacement for the proper investigation of alleged war crimes.
The way Australia’s school system is structured is especially unfair on students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Dendrolagus goodfelowi, or Goodfellow’s tree-kangaroo.
The ancestors of kangaroos once lived in the trees – but their evolutionary history is murky. Here’s everything we know so far.
The explosive evidence heard in the case also underscores the need for the Army and the Australian public to reckon fully with the conduct of Australian forces in the Afghanistan campaign.
AAP Image/Joe Castro
In order to combat racism and misinformation, it is vital for non-Indigenous people to have informed conversations about the referendum with those around you.
You can’t tape off an entire ocean. But ‘aquatic forensics’ is an emerging field, with techniques borrowed from archaeology, marine biology and more.
Research shows uncertainty and delays in visa processing have a terrible affect on applicants’ mental health, and the government must be mindful of this.