The Chinese icebreaker Xue Long sails from Fremantle Harbour on its way home from Antarctica.
Australia and China both have a keen interest in the frozen continent. And while they don't agree on everything, there is great scope for scientific collaboration.
Angelica Kauffmann, Self-portrait Hesitating between the Arts of Music and Painting, 1791.
Finding the art in science and investigating the science of art used to be common practise. At the turn of the 19th century the boundaries between academic disciplines hardened, but now new fields like neuroaesthetics are breaking down barriers.
Les gènes ont bien une influence sur les performances scolaires. Mais ils n’expliquent pas tout.
Certains élèves ont des difficultés scolaires du fait de leur patrimoine génétique. Il est possible de les aider, mais avec de vrais moyens.
Snapchat is a powerful tool for teens to communicate and experiment.
The ephemeral social media platform Snapchat is a hit with young people. And while it can lead to risky behaviour, it can also encourage creative experimentation and socialisation.
Genes do have an influence over school performance. But they are never the full story.
Some students struggle because of biological constraints on learning. This can be overcome to an encouraging degree, but only with special and adequate resources.
A 700,000 year-old stone tool excavated by an Indonesian field worker at Mata Menge, Flores.
New fossil finds show the first large-bodied inhabitants of an isolated Indonesian island evolved to Hobbit-size, but they always remembered how to make and use stone tools.
Internet speeds and coverage may prove the sleeper federal election issue.
The critical question is how far we are willing to allow rural Australia to fall behind when it comes to telecommunications infrastructure.
The welcoming dance at the Myall Creek annual ceremony, July 2015.
Twenty eight unarmed men, women and children were killed at Myall Creek on June 10, 1838. It was a sad, sombre place - but descendants of the perpetrators and victims have transformed it with a healing ritual.
The regulation of drinking has helped create precisely the violent, misogynistic and law-breaking culture that it was intended to control.
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Since the earliest days of British colonisation, authorities have sought to limit the problems associated with alcohol by licensing its sale and limiting the times and places where it is drunk.
A mosaic of a gorgon’s head from the floor of a Roman bathroom
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Australian writers are embracing monsters from classical mythology, which provide profound connections to issues of identity and coming of age. Which mythical beast are you? Try our author's quiz and find out.
Worth crowing about? Birds that can problem-solve do best in cities.
Why are our cities full of crows, ravens and rainbow lorikeets, while other species decline? The answer comes down to street smarts, adaptability, and sometimes plain bullying.
Child sex offenders don’t have horns and tails. For the most part, they look and act like you and me.
Some child sex offenders don’t even realise what they are doing is wrong; they genuinely believe they are showing the children "love".
Apple’s share price has taken a beating in recent times.
Apple has ramped up its spending on R&D, but that's no guarantee it is building the 'next big thing'.
A new Google tax is part of the a tax crackdown in the federal budget.
Wins for small business; significant superannuation reform; multinational tax avoidance addressed; and more.
Those opposed to forced municipal mergers have reason to be sceptical of NSW Premier Mike Baird’s promises that it will improve councils’ performance.
If forced amalgamations proceed, we may well see hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer and ratepayer funds squandered simply because policymakers preferred dogma to empirical evidence.
The world can only expect more attacks such that that took place in Brussels, as Islamic State continues to decline and lash out.
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Although not an intuitive conclusion, the Brussels attacks are actually indicative of Islamic State's growing decline and desperation.
Friend or foe? Birds that eat almonds can also help clear away unharvested nuts from the tree.
It’s hard to keep wild animals out of farms. Birds, mammals and insects all affect crop yields, in positive ways (such as flies pollinating flowers) and negative ones (such as when birds damage fruit…
The Spangled Drongo is a frequent mimic.
Australian birds are arguably among the smartest in the world, displaying complex behaviours comparable to those observed in great apes.
Annoying, right? A juvenile Noisy Miner.
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There are birds we love to hate, such as the Noisy Miner. But much of the annoying behaviour on show may be a result of human-induced changes to habitats.
It couldn’t get worse, could it?
Shareholders should be worried about how much it's costing Woolworths to run its business.