More than any other Australian city, Melbourne has led a 30-year turnaround in inner-city density (red indicates increases and blue decreases).
Many factors have influenced population density change in Australian cities over the past 30 years. Melbourne has led the way in inner-city rebirth as a way to help manage future growth.
Gardening in Australia requires, to varying degrees depending where in the country you are, pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers.
When working with garden chemicals, always make sure you are wearing gloves. Apply sprays and dusts downwind and wear goggles if necessary. Always follow the directions.
Soil needs the right structure and microbial ecology to help your plants grow.
Soil is more than just dirt. It's a complex ecosystem and if it's healthy your plants will be happier.
CF can’t currently be cured but some emerging treatments show promise.
Cystic fibrosis (CF) affects around 3,000 people in Australia and 70,000 worldwide. It's an inherited disease caused by a mutation in a single gene called CFTR.
Western galahs in flight.
When is a galah not a galah? That depends on which scientific name is attached to the Australian bird. There's been some confusion over this, which DNA testing has finally solved.
Malcolm Turnbull has announced a permanent rise in Australia’s humanitarian refugee intake to nearly 19,000.
A new policy to take refugees from Central America may be paving the way to solve the refugee problem on Manus Island and Nauru.
Up to one in ten infants have a proven food allergy.
New research published today shows the early introduction of egg (from four to six months) and peanuts (from four to 11 months) is linked to lower rates of egg and peanut allergy.
Outer space should be used for peace not war.
The rules on armed conflict on Earth are a major source of restraint on military operations. But the rules on the use of weapons in outer space are far from clear. We need to change that.
The second-noisiest animal in the ocean, the snapping shrimp.
Dr Tullio Rossi
The oceans are filled with sounds produced by animals. However, a recent study shows that ocean sounds are diminishing due to nutrient pollution and ocean acidification.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson addresses the Senate.
In her maiden speech to the Senate, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson said Australia is in danger of being swamped by Muslims. What does the data say?
The government has introduced a bill into the parliament that provides the details and mechanics of the proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
While Australians finally have some detail of the proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage, there is no guarantee that the question will be put to the people on February 11 next year.
The issue of child poverty and its links to housing costs are not widely acknowledged in Australia.
Income poverty statistics tell us relatively little about why Australian children live in poverty, or how to alleviate it. But housing plays a critical part in the problem.
If businesses meet the needs of their employees they will feel like they are growing and will be more productive, research suggests.
Happy employees, whose basic needs are met, are essential to a productive business.
In the animal kingdom, males are somewhat dispensable, which might explain why males are more likely to die.
Miscarriages and stillbirths are more likely to involve males. After birth, male babies are also more likely to die or suffer major illness.
The rear of 30-32 Oxford Street, an area of Sydney affected by an outbreak of bubonic plague in 1900.
Wikimedia/NSW State Archives
New research finds almost a million Australians are living in poor or very poor-quality housing, with more than 100,000 in dwellings regarded as very poor or derelict.
IVF is still an expensive, invasive process that can have significant side-effects.
Early studies suggest a process called advanced in-vitro maturation may be able to treat infertility without women needing to inject themselves with high doses of hormones for several weeks.
We’ve long heard we can’t blame people for their addiction because it’s a disease, but is it?
Some think labelling it a disease is a helpful way to think about addiction; others think this makes the addict helpless in their fight against addiction. Two academics debate both sides of the coin.
Antibiotics provide no benefit for the common cold and other respiratory illnesses caused by viruses.
The most contagious phase of a cold is early in the “runny nose” phase – not later when the secretions become coloured.
Social and financial pressures are driving many Australian women who want to have children to wait until later in life.
Are there other risks and complications associated with pregnancy and childbirth in your 50s and 60s – or even your 40s?
Nine out of ten surveyed researchers said they engage with end-users to translate their work into practice.
Financial incentives alone won’t increase research collaboration between universities and business. Academics say they need time, support and an environment encouraging of engagement.