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.
Artist’s impression Pluto and it’s largest satellite Charon. Is this how the dwarf planet will look as New Horizons swings past?
Pluto is one of the most enigmatic objects in our solar system, and its secrets are soon to be uncovered by the New Horizons probe.
This amazing photo even shows the four Galilean moons around Jupiter: Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.
Look up tonight and you'll see a stunning conjunction of the two brightest planets in the night sky.
All children must by law attend school, therefore the government has an obligation to provide quality public education, regardless of family status.
Fairfax press has reported the federal government’s green paper on reforming the federation has suggested four possible scenarios for school funding: Give states and territories complete funding responsibility…
Education is the key to not re-offending.
Education is one of the most important factors in giving prisoners options upon release, reducing the chance of re-offending.
The sexist language of lads’ magazines is increasingly provocative and extreme.
Magazines like Zoo not only reproduce and legitimise sexist and predatory views of sexual violence and gender roles. They also make such attitudes seem normal and acceptable.
Description: 2014 Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst poses for a photograph in Sydney, Thursday, April 30, 2015. The Austrian performer and pop artist is in Australia to perform at the Logie Awards. () NO ARCHIVING.
AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts
Eurovision is popularly heralded as the song that unites Europe, but recent controversies about gender, social justice and human rights paint a different picture.
Cuts to funding in education and research shows a lack of planning for the future.
You could be forgiven for thinking that education was left largely untouched in Tuesday’s federal budget. But the tinkerings to last year's education budget still mean a "fail" for education funding.
The pantheon of the Bard’s plays is now larger by one – or so the headlines would have you believe.
You'd be forgiven for thinking Double Falsehood was recently "found" and confirmed as being by Shakespeare. But that's not what the researchers behind the computational tests actually said. So what's up?
Will a computer algorithm understand the creativity, flair, irony, wit and unconventional approaches used in kids’ writing?
NAPLAN is going to be marked by computers from 2017. Can an algorithm understand the complex and emotional writing techniques we want our children to be learning?
An artist’s impression: MESSENGER flying over a colourful Mercury.
NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
It was the first probe to find water on Mercury, the planet closest to the sun. Its mission nearly over, MESSENGER is about to crash into the planet it's been observing.
Education has been found to reduce prisoners’ re-offending, but how can they gain the skills they need without the internet?
Flickr/I K O
Education has been found to reduce prisoners' re-offending, but how can they be properly educated today without internet access?