There’s nothing that everyone wants in a partner. But there are characteristics most men or women find attractive.
We know a lot about why people choose different brands of dishwashing detergent. But when it comes to the processes behind choosing a romantic partner, science knows surprisingly little.
CSIRO has the know-how to develop commercial-scale green energy, with a clear plan and enough money.
The Coalition has asked CSIRO to develop a "roadmap" towards commercialised clean energy. It's a good idea as long as the plan is clear, and there's enough money behind it.
Fixing water pollution on the Great Barrier Reef will take a huge effort.
Reef image from www.shutterstock.com
Efforts to combat water pollution on the Great Barrier Reef aren't working, according to a new government report.
Cindy Sherman was the subject, costume designer, make-up artist and photographer for the large-scale images showcased in a new retrospective.
Detail: Untitled #466. Image courtesy of Cindy Sherman and Metro Pictures, New York
Cindy Sherman understands how people perform for the camera. Her art is a portrait of human vulnerability.
The Eames house is tucked into its natural surrounds.
It’s a strange feeling when you finally get to see, in person, a building that you’ve been thinking and reading about for years. That happened recently for me with the house of Charles and Ray Eames, in…
A park in the south-west Brisbane suburb of Inala, where producers of the SBS TV show Struggle Street had hoped to film.
Residents of Inala, a poor neighbourhood in Brisbane, don’t need a voyeuristic TV show telling its audience the same tired narrative about poor people. They need a voice in public policy discussions and the chance to frame their own stories.
Shadow environment minister Mark Butler and environment minister Greg Hunt shake hands before the National Press Club debate.
AAP Image/Stefan Postles
Climate change has won and lost elections in the past, and there's a distinct chill in the air this time around.
Neuropathic pain often doesn’t respond to common painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol.
Lyrica, the brand name for a medicine called pregabalin, is an anti-epileptic drug most commonly used to treat chronic nerve pain - a type of pain caused by abnormality in, or damage to, the nerves.
Refugees try to warm themselves with a fire at a refugee camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
What a Nobel prize-winning physicist can teach us about about trying to deal with the current global crisis over asylum seekers and refugees.
We come into this world, grow and flourish and then decay and die.
If presented with a client who has death anxiety, we ask them to tell us what exactly they fear about death. Once we have this information, there are several approaches to treating fear of death.
Intelligent machines are getting better at understanding our conversation.
Human communication is complex, rich in nuances and frequently includes non-verbal signs. That's a challenge if you want an intelligent machine to be part of the conversation.
William Isdale speaks with Graeme Orr about the festival spirit of elections, the unique Australian culture of voting, and the history of corruption, drinking and coercion in voting worldwide.
So many questions on climate change.
Research showing that more than 90% of climate scientists agree that we’re causing global warming prompted plenty of questions. And the authors are only too happy to answer.
From 'Machiavellian female princes' to warriors, assassins and prostitutes, the women of Westeros and Essos are a richly varied bunch. A new book examines their role in the series and explores its sexual politics.
There’s a lot of incentive to hype scientific findings but in the end nobody wins. Overselling findings can undermine the authority of scientists as well as the credibility of the sources and ultimately deceive or even endanger the public.
Sometimes scientists, the media and the general public inadvertently conspire to oversell science, and that is bad for us all.
For Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, consonants and vowels function as mere vehicles for the raw emotions.
Radiohead's new album, a lush, complex soundscape, is beguiling, moving and politically urgent. But as always, their music rewards patience: a willingness to listen deeply, with an open mind.
Moo-ve along: livestock are one of many threats to Australian freshwater ecosystems.
Freshwater covers only 0.5% of the Earth's surface but is home to 10% of the world's lifeforms.
The Solomon Islands are low-lying and vulnerable to changes in sea level.
Sea levels are rising faster in the Solomon Islands – and send a warning for the rest of the world.
Tim Nicholls won a partyroom ballot to become the Queensland LNP’s new leader.
Tim Nicholls’ victory reverts to the pre-eminence of “urban Liberals” over the Queensland LNP's rural and regional representatives and constituents.
Lonesome National Park is home to some of the last remaining brigalow woodland.
Science was instrumental in working out how to clear brigalow forest to make way for farming in the 20th century. Now it's trying to bring these iconic forests back.