Experts over time continue to disagree on what is the best email etiquette.
As a part of human interaction, emails are as nuanced and complex as the social world we find them, and it is unlikely that we can rely on a checklist of quick-fix rules.
Hundreds of women have complained of adverse reactions from transvaginal mesh implants.
Regulatory bodies approved some medical devices to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence before having data to prove their safety and efficacy.
In Australia animal testing is currently required for some potentially toxic new cosmetic ingredients.
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A bill has been proposed to ban testing cosmetics on animals in Australia. It will only affect a small number of animals, but it's an important step towards a global ban.
One down, two to go: Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo wins the first game of Go against Chinese grandmaster player Ke Jie, in May 2017.
The artificial intelligence that beat a world master at the game of Go is now to be directed at more complex global problems. So what can we expect?
A compactor at work on Australian landfill.
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Australia sends 20 million tonnes of garbage to landfill every year. With thousands of sites across the nation, it's hard to track exactly how many there are, where they are, and what's filling them.
It’s really ok to be a grammar pedant.
Grammar pedantry recently contributed to the downfall of World Bank chief economist Paul Romer. But 'grammonds' are people to be celebrated not vilified.
Businesses struck by ransomware have to make some hard decisions.
Movies tell us that paying a ransom means the bad guys win, but in the real world it's not that simple.
‘We cannot talk about building truthful relationships without being honest about the racialised realities of our social world.’
The result of the 1967 referendum may well have made Australia appear less racist, but it did not address the inherently racist nature of the Constitution.
Hundreds of large old trees were removed when the Hume Highway was widened.
When the Hume Highway was widened, hundreds of nest boxes were installed to replace habitat for three threatened species. Four years of monitoring has concluded the program is entirely unsuccessful.
Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band : is this the best popular music has to offer?
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Dubbed the greatest album ever by Rolling Stone, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is turning 50. We asked six experts how it had stood the test of time and found opinions diverged widely.
The last thing the spider saw before everything went black.
If a huge huntsman spider is sucked into a vacuum cleaner, can it crawl out later? Lucy, age eight, really, really needs to know.
The person using this shelter in New South Wales certainly meets the official definition of homeless, but how they see themselves is important.
People who self-identify as 'homeless' have poorer wellbeing than others in the same circumstances, yet that's the label they must adopt to qualify for help.
Three main excavation squares within Boodie Cave.
Part of the land inhabited by some of the early Australians is now submerged, but details of their life is now revealed in an excavation on an island off the continent’s north-west coast.
Immortalised on a stamp, New Zealand’s stout-legged wren went extinct in the 1990s.
The "decision science" approach helps avoid unanticipated consequences of programs to bring species such as New Zealand's little bush moa, Waitomo frog, or laughing owl back from extinction.
There has been a dramatic increase in the amount of steroids seized at the Australian border over time.
There is an urgent need to reconsider steroid use as a public health issue as opposed to a criminal justice concern.
Learning to read is not actually that easy.
We are not hard-wired to read. It has taken thousands of years of practice to forge connections in our brains to help us do this.
What will an eBook be 20 years from now? What will a book be?
Reports of the decline of the eBook are premature. The publishing industry is changing rapidly and data that appears robust tells us less than it once did.
When public investment in a development like Sydney’s Northern Beaches Hospital boosts land values, who should reap those gains: the community or individual owners?
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Who is entitled to the increase in value created by planning approvals, new infrastructure, population growth or urban development? For John Stuart Mill, the answer would have been the community.
Springy soles, stiffer shoes, lightweight materials. When does shoe design give some runners an unfair advantage?
Running shoes with springs in the soles have been touted as the next big thing in shoe design. But they won't turn a weekend warrior into an Olympian.
An equestrian statue of a Julio-Claudian prince, originally identified as Caligula.
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The emperor Caligula lavished attention on his favourite horse Incitatus, holding parties for friends in the steed's grand stables. But did he make his horse a consul?