Is it fair to say that NAPLAN results have plateaued?
Claims made by politicians and the media about what does and does not improve education outcomes are repeated on a regular basis. But is there much truth in them?
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.
Peter Dutton suggested asylum seekers in detention on Nauru have self-harmed in order to get to Australia.
The response of Peter Dutton to the release of the Nauru abuse reports exemplifies a continued attempt to dehumanise asylum seekers.
Clean water and access to food are two of the most priceless ecosystem services.
Current land-use patterns could see the value of 'ecosystem services' – the natural processes that sustain life – plummet by mid-century. But with the right policies we can turn this trend around.
The bodies of Olympic athletes are becoming more specialised, more differentiated – and much more extreme.
Over time, the body sizes and shapes of Olympians have been moving apart from each other at light-speed, and have become increasingly specialised and differentiated.
The silence at the end of Rio 2016 will only last until we switch on our televisions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The Olympic Games are a theatre — sometimes farce, sometimes tragedy, reality TV, morality play or soap opera — where geopolitical, social and technological dramas are played out.
Disturbing images such as this from the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre have shocked the nation and prompted a royal commission.
The use of surveillance cameras raises difficult issues for the law in balancing privacy with exposure that is in the public interest – and perhaps it's time that balance was reviewed.
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.
The car that was set ablaze outside Perth’s Thornlie Mosque. Offensive graffiti was also scrawled on a wall nearby.
Legislating against racial and religious vilification is highly fraught, as the ongoing debate around Section 18C has demonstrated, and unlikely to become less so any time soon.
A greyhound at a protest the abuse of greyhounds at the hands of the racing industry.
The greyhound industry has been numerous opportunities to reform like any other industry. But it failed and that why it deserves to be shut down.
Glioblastomas are often resistant to the one type of drug that breaks the blood-brain barrier.
Glioblastoma is an aggressive form of brain cancer that has a very poor prognosis. Despite the current best therapies half its sufferers survive for 15 months and less than 5% are alive after 5 years.
Housing costs are driving poorer families into areas with fewer and fewer opportunities.
The 2016 articulation of an urban agenda assumes building more highways, railways and trams will produce better, more productive cities that somehow give everyone a job.
There’s evidence to say we used to have two sleeps with a period of wakefulness in between.
Throughout history there have been numerous accounts of segmented sleep, from medical texts, to court records and diaries.
Vulvodynia can be brutal and is commonly described as stabbing, burning, cutting or knife-like pain.
If you've ever experienced pain in your vulva, you're not alone. Around 16% of women will have vulvar pain that lasts for longer than three months. They are likely suffering from vulvodynia.
Putting gorillas behind steel and glass might seem harsh, but these barriers help keep them safe.
Tim/Zoo Atlanta Flickr/Wikimedia Commons
Harambe's death shows that if gorillas are going to live in zoos, we need more barriers between them and us – for both of our sakes.
A mobile phone is not a medical device – so don’t believe apps that say they are.
With an estimated 100,000 health and fitness apps available, it seems there is an app for everything – from tracking your bowel movements to practising your pimple-popping technique.
Sending children out of class isn’t an effective way to manage bad behaviour.
Schools need to avoid practices that exclude badly behaved students and instead offer more ongoing, personalised support.
False assumptions about the “average worker” impacts on decisions about childcare, paid parental leave and aged care funding.
False economic assumptions beset the federal budget and that should worry both political parties.
Rare cancers are those where the incidence is less than six cases per 100,000 people.
Should new understandings of how cancers develop and could be targeted mean we should change the way the scheme registers cancer drugs?
The Cu Chi tunnels may be the most popular of the ‘war tourism’ attractions in Vietnam.
Might the rise of heritage tourism and the increasing ease of international travel lead to more of Australia’s military experiences overseas being better understood?