People’s sense of self is partly determined by the groups to which they belong: “I’m a smoker”.
Cigarette brands present images of slender, stylish women and strong, independent men. Plain packaging breaks this positive brand identity for some smokers.
Popular tourist destination Kuta beach in Bali, Indonesia, is regularly covered in waste, most of it plastic that washes ashore during the rainy season. This picture was taken on February 15, 2016.
Marine plastic pollution is a global problem. Bali's beaches present prime examples and an opportunity to study the socio-economic effects this has on coastal communities.
In Queensland, police can issue on-the-spot ten-day banning orders to patrons who engage in violent or anti-social behaviour in and around licensed venues.
Banning orders can encourage personal responsibility and demonstrate that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.
In Western societies, average age of first period has dropped from 17 to 13 years over the past century.
Girls who have their first period at a young age are more likely to experience poorer health as a adult, including an elevated risk of diabetes during pregnancy.
Australia’s electricity grid is no longer fit for purpose.
Privatisation has failed to keep Australia's electricity cheap and reliable. Time to renationalise the grid.
Donald Trump prioritises the nation-state and closed borders.
People are unhappy with the current state of affairs – but this is happening despite globalisation, not because of it.
It’s a good idea to keep an eye out for possible signs of AI.
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Smoking cannabis can cause addition, impaired memory and even psychosis.
Federal parliament should leave section 18C untouched.
The much-anticipated report has offered little in the way of a solution to the disagreement over section 18C, so parliament should leave it as it is.
Farmers face falling crop yields and growing food demand.
As the world needs to produce more food to feed a larger and wealthier population, climate change is impacting a number of staple crops around the world.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir presides over a state on the brink of war.
South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011 after a protracted war of independence that started in 1955. One internal struggle in this war was between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army’s (SPLA) leadership…
The world’s first lab-grown beef burger, the result of years of research by Dutch scientist Mark Post at the University of Maastricht.
We might be able to grow artificial meat but are people really prepared to eat such produce over meat from farmed animals?
Mosquito control in the Torres Strait can be tough but it provides protection of the mainland from invading exotic mosquitoes.
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A new study shows how Australian authorities are battling the invasive Asian tiger mosquito in Torres Strait, reducing risks of mosquito-borne disease outbreaks.
Scott Morrison is continuing to make the case for the government’s company tax cut plan to be passed.
The volatile political debate between the two major parties about the long-term vision for tax has left small businesses in the lurch.
In Soviet Russia, the science tests you.
When politics meddles with science, it can lead to tragedy, as was the case with Stalin's favourite agricultural biologist Trofim Lysenko and his rival Nikolai Vavilov.
Tennis player Andy Murray employs former great Ivan Lendl as his coach.
Just because you were good at sport does not mean you can coach without furthering your qualifications and experiences.
Stories can have a profound effect on our behaviour.
History shows us that narratives play an important role in market behaviour. But new research shows that all it takes is a simple story that matches our preconceived notions.
The Simien mountains in Ethiopia are one of the world’s most threatened natural heritage sites.
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You'd hope we wouldn't flatten the pyramids to build a highway. But that's exactly what's happening to the world's natural heritage sites.
Dramatic. But also fictitious, like The Sun’s article.
The reporting of crackpot theories as news by mainstream news outlets only damages the credibility of the media and science, and undermines public trust in both.
Donald Trump’s justification for a temporary ban on refugees is to improve US security measures.
The US resettlement program has long had strong bipartisan support. It is also critical to global resettlement efforts: the US takes in by far the most resettled refugees of any country.