With some foul-mouthed words to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Senator David Leyonhjelm has turned a debate about the safety of women into a sleazy political sideshow.
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Many female politicians have had to endure sexist abuse, from Cheryl Kernot to Julia Gillard to Sarah Hanson-Young. And it is not a matter that should simply be brushed aside.
The existence of wormholes is not forbidden by our current theories of the universe. So we can say that they do exist in theory.
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A wormhole is like a tunnel connecting two places in space. They would be incredibly useful and are great for science-fiction stories.
The problem is we haven't found any evidence of them existing.
Our cultural discomfort with discussing any sort of loss means women are often met with a wall of silence.
Cliched comments like "it wasn’t meant to be" or "don't worry, you'll get pregnant" are hurtful and dismissive. Instead, acknowledge their loss, listen and let them grieve.
Elle Fanning as the author Mary Shelley.
The author Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein when she was 18. A new film investigates the gender politics of the novel's creation.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten had a rough week last week, and Labor has accordingly taken a hit in the polls.
More worrying for Labor than Bill Shorten's bad, though, is Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's rising ratings.
The value of sport.
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As we reach the World Cup's halfway point, we're asking: what is sport worth? On today's episode, we explore the money and diplomatic power plays lingering behind the scenes of every big tournament.
While the federal government promotes the employment of older people through the jobactive network, in practice it’s not working well for them.
A two-year study finds dissatisfaction with current arrangements, but also identifies small changes that can make a big difference in helping to find suitable jobs for older workers.
Contraception is sometimes controlled in abusive relationships.
Associated with intimate partner violence, there are many ways in which reproductive choice is taken away from women.
In a survey of 159 academics, nearly half reported sexual abuse or harassment.
"Fight sexism": graffiti in Turin November 2016
Academics and PhD students from a number of Australian universities have reported sexualised bullying, unfair workloads, sexual harassment and in some cases even sexual assault, usually from their superiors and supervisors.
Data shows perpetrators of workplace sexual harassment are overwhelmingly male.
Sexual assault in the workplace (and beyond) has many negative health benefits. It needs to be treated as a health and safety issue.
Researchers are under pressure to deliver publications and win grants.
Without a national office for research integrity, Australia risks losing scientists and research funders to countries with more robust setups.
By the time they turn one, half of Australian babies have had a course of antibiotics.
There may be additional long-term health harms from antibiotic exposure in early life and before birth, including an increased risk of infection, obesity and asthma.
We should teach students how to use technology appropriately, rather than banning it.
Four out of five experts say we shouldn't ban mobile phones in classrooms.
Around 40% of grandparents look after their grandchildren at least once a week.
New research shows that parenting stress is lowest if grandparents do some of the care - as opposed to more formal arrangements.
The Centre Alliance’s Rebeka Sharkie looks to be a strong contestant in Mayo’s by-election.
With the contest for the five 'Super Saturday' byelections heating up, Longman hangs in the balance, while Rebekha Sharkie has a solid lead in Mayo.
In 1906, English statistician Sir Francis Galton observed the median answer of 800 participants trying to guess the weight of a cow was accurate within 1% of the correct answer.
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We have developed a system that combines human intuition with machine learning to provide support for people making complex decisions.
The “Don Quixote” windmills in Consuegra, Spain. They were made famous by the novel in the 16th century.
Completed by Cervantes when he was in prison, Don Quixote is the tale of a man so passionate about reading he leaves home to live the life of his fictional heroes.
Cocos Malay photo from the 1910s showing a wedding procession that is still practised today with the groom pictured going to the bride’s house accompanied by members of the community.
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In the 1800s, a group of Southeast Asians were taken to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, now part of Australia, by an English merchant. Their descendants are seeking Indigenous status from Australia.
Foto Orang Kokos dari tahun 1910an di arak perkawinan yang masih dilakukan sampai sekarang, terlihat pengantin pria di foto dalam perjalanan ke rumah pengantin perempuan di dampingi sanak keluarga di Kepulauan Kokos.
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Pada 1800an, sekelompok Melayu dibawa ke Kepulauan Cocos (Keeling), sekarang bagian Australia. Keturunan mereka sekarang memperjuangkan status orang asli dari Australia.
Ultimately, the future of work depends on what we want our future society to look like.
Young people are the most vulnerable as industry and the labour market undergo radical change, but meeting this challenge could just be a matter of plugging existing gaps.