The Cambodian Children’s Trust family preservation work keeps families together.
Good intentions, money and the desire to help are essential ingredients for the orphanage tourism industry. But tourists end up becoming agents in the exploitation of children.
Eco-houses at Scotland’s Housing Expo, Inverness. What is it like to live in a house like this?
There's an international push towards low-emissions housing. New research investigates what it's like to actually live in low-energy houses.
A single, national market that supplies all of Australia’s electricty is looking dangerously outdated – and politically impossible.
The idea that Australia's national electricity market is either useful or feasible has simply passed.
Tokyo, seen here from the Skytree tower, is home to more people than any other city on Earth but has managed to remain highly liveable.
Tokyo has experienced extraordinary population growth but is among the world's most liveable cities. Just how has it managed the pressures of growth?
Geocaching players move treasures all over the world, creating value for themselves and other players.
Martyn Wright 2011
The online game of geocaching shows there are ways to create value online that are not purely financial.
When is red not red, or blue not blue? How bees interpret colour is vital for finding the right flowers.
Extra "eyes" on top of bee heads help them see colours the same way under all light conditions. And it's an approach that could help us design better cameras.
Modern diets are changing the compositions of our gut microbiota, and with that, our personalities.
For most of the twentieth century, we were at war with microbes, leading to substantial changes in our body's ecosystem. This has changed our diets, disease profile, moods and even personalities.
A new report has claimed public patients are worse off with increased numbers of private patients in public hospitals.
There may be some benefits to public hospitals treating more private patients.
Malcolm Turnbull has made clear his apparent enthusiasm for a rail line to Melbourne Airport – with or without state government support.
A rail link is a big step towards transforming transport access and land use in ways that will enable a much bigger city to remain liveable. And Melbourne can learn from Sydney about this.
Unexpected increases in housing prices could have caused buyers considering home ownership to borrow more in order to buy a house, and encouraged homeowners to spend more through withdrawing the equity from their homes.
Research finds higher levels of housing debt among pre-retirees are linked to them working for longer.
The first microloans were made to women in rural Bangladesh in the 1970s. Banesa Khatun (far left) here in 2006, was still using Grameen Bank 30 years later.
A new study finds that giving small loans to very poor people reduces both the incidence and depth of poverty in the developing world.
The Australian government has plenty of ministers, but not one of them oversees the whole $6 trillion housing sector.
New research finds a state of confusion when it comes to Australian government policymaking on housing, despite its huge economic and social significance.
The CPA were a part of the committee who originally wrote the ASX Code.
AAP Image/Alan Porritt
The ASX code was written by, and for, corporate insiders. The council that regulates it is not monitored by a government body, and its members are not elected.
The change in the price of crypto-currencies, like Bitcoin, and other crypto-assets are due to investors realising the value.
While the current speculation in crypto-currency and assets should make us pause, this is not a speculative driven bubble like tulips, or gold mining stocks.
Doctors with special training in acupuncture and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine worked together in emergency departments.
Some emergency doctors are already using acupuncture to relieve patients' pain. Now a new study shows when it works, when it doesn't and how emergency departments of the future might use it.
Gig workers saw their work as flexible but also with its risks.
A study shows the reality of gig worker experiences is far more nuanced than enjoying flexible work or being exploited.
One of the cases brought to the ANCP alleged forced evictions at a coal mine in Colombia jointly owned by BHP Billiton.
The Australian government is missing a vital opportunity to promote ethical business practice and mediate disputes before they blow up, by improperly resourcing the ANCP.
The Finkel Review is scientifically modest but politically deft.
Chief Scientist Alan Finkel has attempted to address the energy 'trilemma': electricity that's cheap, reliable and low-emissions. Has he succeeded? Our expert panel weighs in.
Australian consumption of chicken and pork both now far outstrip beef, mutton and lamb.
Total meat consumption per capita in Australia has been stable since the 1960s but the type of meat consumed has changed significantly. Chicken and pork both now far outstrip beef, mutton and lamb.
The human-like forms of saguaro cacti in Arizona.
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Killers, cartoons, and even romantic objects, the cactus's ongoing popularity has led it down some strange paths.