Retrofitting older homes to ‘green’ the nation’s housing stock involves much more than installing rooftop solar panels.
While new buildings may be the glamorous eco-home pinups, retrofitting existing homes is the main game when it comes to creating energy-efficient, comfortable housing stock for all Australians.
Oysters can do a lot more than they’re given credit for.
Oysters aren't just good for a feed. They also give a vital boost to coastal ecosystems, which is why efforts are underway to restore Australia's once-abundant oyster reefs to their former glory.
As the online trade of pets becoming normalised, regulation is now needed to protect animals.
A drone image of a breeding colony of Greater Crested Terns. Researchers used plastic bird decoys to replicate this species in an experiment that compared different ways of counting wildlife.
A few thousand fake ducks, a group of experienced wildlife spotters and a drone have proven the usefulness and accuracy of drones for wildlife monitoring.
A naturalization ceremony in Los Angeles.
AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes
As Congress takes up the issue of immigration, we turned to our global network of scholars to get their perspective on how so-called merit systems work.
Science Meets Parliament offers scientists a rare glimpse inside Australia’s parliamentary system.
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Starting February 14, the Science Meets Parliament event brings clear benefits - but there's a case to be made for an ongoing effort in "Science Listens, Engages, and Collaborates with the Public."
Our climate is going to get warmer, and we need to protect ourselves from heat-related illness.
Heatstroke is a medical emergency and often kills. But there are many processes in the body that occur between being exposed to heat and ending up in the ED – and warning signs to look out for too.
Advances in technology mean it’s now possible to 3D print everything from prosthetic limbs to skin, bones and organs.
Who should be legally responsible when 3D printed devices fail? Proposed changes to the Therapeutic Goods Administration's regulatory framework have the potential to settle that question.
There’s an economic case for scrapping the rebates.
Private health insurance is meant to take pressure off the public system. But with exclusionary policies, people are increasingly avoiding the levies and using the public system anyway.
Despite billions spent on trying to save water in the Murray Darling Basin, results have been disappointing.
A dozen leading researchers have issued an urgent call to action for the Murray-Darling Basin, arguing that the billions spent on water-efficient irrigation have done little for the rivers' health.
Spectre and Meltdown affected billions of devices.
Preventing problems like Meltdown and Spectre from reocurring requires software developers to be given sufficient information about hardware to ensure security.
Slow science is a reminder of what is wonderful and creative in scientific work, but it’s under threat.
Science should be about answering the "what if?" questions, but is that under threat by the privatisation of science and the drive for results ahead of any competition?
It turns out that the world is about 4,600,000,000 years old. That’s 4.6 billion years. That’s pretty old!
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The world is made of tiny building blocks called 'elements'. Scientists have worked out how fast some elements change into other elements. That gives us a very big clue about how old the Earth is.
Getting enough sleep can help our memory, waistline and our performance at work.
If you need an alarm to get up in the morning, you're probably not getting enough sleep.
Justin A. Welbergen
We need balanced media reporting about bat-borne diseases to help avoid vilification of Australia's under-appreciated creatures of the night.
As little as three squares of chocolate can make dogs sick.
Chocolate poisoning in dogs remains a problem, particularly at Christmas.
The mouth of the Murray River delivers vital nutrients to marine life in the ocean beyond.
Low flows in the Murray River in recent years have harmed tiny marine plants called phytoplankton, with consequences for local marine species and management.
Effective leadership requires leading by example, but Australia’s human rights record has drawn increasing criticism at home and abroad.
On Human Rights Day, and with Australia set to take up a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, here's a must-do list for this country to become a credible advocate for human rights.
En cas de guerre spatiale, bon nombre des infrastructures dont nous profitons seraient menacées.
Évoquer la menace d’une guerre spatiale fait immanquablement penser à de la science-fiction, mais c’est une hypothèse que les juristes prennent très au sérieux.
Zimbabwe’s Defence Force has taken control of the country’s political affairs.
By intervening in Zimbabwe's politics the military could plunge the country into a prolonged period of uncertainty. Could President Emmerson Mnangagwa be its saviour?