White sharks’ ability to stay warm in cold water makes them efficient long-range hunters.
Fatal shark bites are very rare. But the stats do suggest that the likelihood of an attack proving fatal is higher in Australia - probably because our waters are home to the "big three" dangerous species.
Palliative care specialists also need to pay attention to a sick child’s siblings.
While there are similarities in the general principles of palliative care provided to children and adults, there are also key differences.
Echis, also known as the saw-scaled viper, dominates snakebite statistics and kills more people annually than any other.
Indian-made antivenoms, common throughout Africa because they are affordable, showed little-to-no neutralisation of the African Echis venoms.
Lots of parking: the extraordinary amount of valuable land used to park cars in most cities could soon be freed up for other uses.
Cities around the world are starting to rethink the vast areas of land set aside for parking. The convergence of several trends likely will mean this space becomes available for other uses.
Annastacia Palaszczuk is seeking a second term as premier when the state goes to the polls on November 25.
Whichever major party 'wins' the Queensland election will likely be forced into tricky negotiations with minor parties to form government.
Are you someone who needs the latest gadgets?
Will you buy the new iPhone straight away?
Or do you buy your smartphone based on its cost-benefits? Either way Apple might be using your own psychology against you.
Millions of women around the world are estimated to be living with depressive symptoms after stillbirth.
Stillbirth deeply and profoundly affects parents and families. Here are five actions in response to this hidden tragedy.
If we could test the genome of all Australians we could better target preventive health campaigns.
If you could take a test that would reveal the diseases you and your family might be more likely to get, would you want to do it?
Better than human: the artificial intelligence that learned to master Go in just three days.
The new AlphaGo Zero artificial intelligence took just days to learn to play Go from scratch, with no human intervention. It even learned strategies never seen before in human play.
Anzac Day, a celebration of the Anzac soldiers, pictured, has become a contentious issue in the “history wars”.
The most popular history courses taught in Australian universities are still broad courses focused on significant historical events and periods, contrary to the recent IPA report.
Contrary to popular belief, sex workers were more likely than not to report that their work enhanced their wellbeing.
The study shows the negative effects of sex work's criminalisation, including a reluctance of workers to go to police and clients using it as an excuse to abuse workers.
Sleep is the time for our brain to reboot.
Although it may appear you're “switching off” when you fall asleep, the brain is far from inactive.
The new policy could end up feeding demand for coal.
AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts
By rebranding coal as 'dispatchable', the government's National Energy Guarantee looks set to preserve demand for coal-fired power by giving it a new role – one it's not well equipped to fulfil.
The government doesn’t need a giant biometric database.
Governments must stop thinking that owning as much data as possible is the only way to protect national security and prevent crime.
‘We refuse to appeal to the benevolence of White folk for our lives to matter. We remind them every day that we are still here.’
Despite the promise of Black Lives Matter, it has not been taken up as a central political movement by Indigenous Australians.
The benefits of language-learning go far beyond being able to translate.
Does the upcoming launch of wireless headphones by Google that feature real-time language translation mean we don't need to study other languages anymore?
Even if you’re not sick, your nose runs when it’s cold. Why?
A reader wants to know why our noses run just because it's cold.
Australia’s species, like this green python, are remarkable, and need far better protection.
Australia's species, like this green python, are remarkable and need far better protection.
A drug needs to pass quite a few hurdles before it gets to the market.
The Conversation/Wes Mountain
Only around 10% of new drugs in development make it onto the market. A drug needs to go through animal trials, and then four phases of human trials to be deemed suitable for use in patients.
Randomisation is the only commonly accepted method of ensuring an unbiased estimate of the treatment effect.
The Conversation/Wes Mountain
A randomised controlled trial is the best way to compare a new treatment with the standard treatment. And randomising trial participants is a core feature of the experiment.