When children start school, they need to develop reading fluency.
There is a lot of misinformation about how Australia prepares teachers to teach reading and writing in schools. So here's how it really works.
Beyonce struts onstage in her concerts as a kind of warrior goddess while the word ‘feminist’ lights up in colossal letters behind her.
They claim to be new-age feminist, but pop stars like Beyonce and Taylor Swift have – even if unintentionally – reinvented feminism as "getting paid" and "being sexy".
Music has always played a part in investigating the universe.
Sonic visualisation of 'The Storm' by Peter Drach.
Music has always played a role in our understanding of the universe. Listening to gravitational waves confirms thousands of years of metaphysical investigation.
Barnaby Joyce will replace Warren Truss as Nationals leader and deputy prime minister.
Under new leader Barnaby Joyce, the Nationals – the most-successful minor party in Australia’s political history – will pretty much continue to be treated as the Akubra wing of the Liberals.
In the current publishing climate culture is always subsumed to business.
The perception of publishing as a business, even a creative one, means that the question of book sales dominates our conversations about it. But publishing offers far more to our culture than that.
Artist rendered distant view from Planet Nine back towards the sun.
Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)
Scientists say they have evidence that the solar system has an extra planet, bigger than Earth and way beyond Pluto. So how come we never knew this before?
A brilliant fireball lights up the sky above the Southern Ocean at the 12 Apostles National Park on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.
Many meteor showers are a regular annual event, but what you can see varies from year to year. So which showers will be the best for 2016?
Volkswagen Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn resigned after the company was caught deliberately cheating on emissions tests.
There were many examples of ethics failures in 2015. So what's missing from company leaders?
A composite image of the Geminid Meteors.
Phil Hart/Tanya Hill
A darkened moon is promising to allow us to see one of the best meteor showers of the year, so long as the skies are clear.
What makes a good teacher?
There is little evidence to suggest that testing teaching students on their literacy and numeracy will have any impact on the quality of teaching and learning in Australian classrooms.
Australian law is yet to catch up with new forms of networked digital abuse against women.
In the social media age, perpetrators can devastate their partner or ex-partner psychologically, socially and financially, while remaining cloaked in anonymity from cyberspace.
The light shining through an exoplanet’s atmosphere can give us a hint of whether the planet supports life.
NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)
A hint of oxygen and a whiff of methane in a distant exoplanet's atmosphere may be the first evidence we discover of alien life.
Young children enter care as a result of neglect or abuse, which has a big impact on their ability to engage in school.
A new report finds children in care are less likely to achieve the national minimum standards in literacy and numeracy – with the gap growing as they get older.
Is this what we’re seeing around KIC 8462852 - a colossal megastructure built by alien intelligence? Probably not. The reality might be even more interesting.
There's a lot of speculation about a star behaving strangely in our galaxy. But even if it's not evidence of alien intelligence, it's sure to be an amazing discovery.
With automation a real threat to future jobs, school curricula have to keep up with the times.
In a report released this week, the Foundation for Young Australians claims that up to 70% of young people are currently preparing for jobs that will no longer exist in the future.
Isolation affects ability to perform on national standardised tests.
While the NT consistently performs lowest on national and international tests, with a long tail of low achievement, the ACT consistently performs highest.
Looking for evidence of extraterrestrial intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.
Flickr/Asbjorn Sorensen Poulsen
Astronomers have been looking for signs of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe for centuries. But the search has so far found nothing. So what makes this latest hunt so different?
A biogas plant in Queensland.
NH Foods Oakey Beef Exports
The government has issued a draft direction to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to invest in "emerging" clean energy such as bioenergy. But what are the prospects for bioenergy?
One of the most detailed images of Pluto captured by New Horizons just before it’s closest approach to the dwarf planet.
Now the flypast of Pluto is over the space probe New Horizons will begin sending the data back to Earth. It will take many months but what will it reveal about the dwarf planet?
New Horizons’ look at Pluto’s Charon-facing hemisphere reveals intriguing geologic details that are of keen interest to mission scientists. This image was taken on July 11, 2015, when the spacecraft was 4 million km from Pluto.
The New Horizons spacecraft is only hours away from its closest approach to Pluto. It's hoped the brief encounter will help answer many questions about the oddball member of our solar system.