Illustration to verse 1 of the children’s poem Old Santeclaus with Much Delight. 1821.
Several of Santa's modern features, such as his generosity, miracle-working, and focus on morality (being 'naughty or nice'), were part of his image from the very beginning.
Still from Back to the Future, 1985.
Back to the Future is one of the most loved films from the 1980s, and galvanised audiences across every demographic. In this episode of Close-Up, Bruce Isaacs looks at the politics underpinning the film.
Digital games are incredibly time-consuming and costly to produce.
Fortnite was the most outstanding and unexpected success of 2018, hitting 78.3 million players in August, and bumping developer Epic Games to a US$15 billion dollar valuation.
Woolly monkeys are hard to miss in Colombia’s jungles. Now, they face extinction.
Colombian researchers hope to revive an endangered species by rehabilitating monkeys confiscated from smugglers. The captive animals' struggles show that survival is not guaranteed.
Australia’s sprawling cities present many challenges to sustainability, but planning innovations can help achieve at least half of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Planning innovations around the world offer inspiration, but ultimately the innovations needed to make Australia's sprawling cities more sustainable must be shaped by local conditions.
The proposed amendments also remove protections against rendering a person stateless.
The federal government's proposed changes to how and when citizenship can be stripped need close scrutiny.
Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni announced a $2b housing scheme he said would create more affordable housing in the state.
Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni made the claim while announcing a $2 billion housing investment scheme. But is the claim correct?
Up to half of stillbirths happen unexpectedly and a clear cause is never identified.
A Senate Report has put forward 16 recommendations to reduce rates of stillbirth in Australia targeting a 20% reduction in the rate within three years. We can do this by focusing on five practices.
Infant formula manufacturers have been funding the development of guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of cows’ milk allergy in infants.
New research shows a six-fold increase in sales of infant formula prescribed for babies with cows' milk protein allergy in the UK, despite no evidence of an increase in the incidence of the allergy.
CRRC’s version of the optically guided bus, now operating in Zhuzhou, is more like light rail than its predecessors.
The autonomous rail rapid transit (ART) system developed in China might make buses sexy, but the technology alone won't resolve the issues of road space and right of way in Australia.
Soil is a non-renewable part of the environment. Can it sustain food production for our growing population?
The thin layer of soil on our planet's surface ultimately sustains us all, but it's a finite resource. With a growing global population, perhaps it is time to start looking for alternatives.
When adolescents develop stress from trauma and a reliance on drugs or alcohol, both conditions maintain and exacerbate the other.
Some 80% of young people will experience a traumatic event by the time they become an adult. Here's how teachers and parents can support them.
For many respondents, leaving a newsroom has allowed a re-evaluation of work-life balance.
Since leaving secure jobs in newsrooms, employment has been unstable for many former journalists – but job satisfaction has been surprisingly high.
Australians have a phobia of sitting in traffic and not finding a car park.
The arrival of autonomous vehicles would ideally reduce the number of cars on our roads. But this is a pipe dream without a robust public transport system and willingness to share.
Much of the public opposition to the WestConnex project is related to concerns about the impacts on health.
The health concerns that dominate public submissions to the parliamentary inquiry into WestConnex are a reminder that papering over such issues comes back to haunt governments.
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Un nuevo estudio concluye que los que aseguran caminar rápido tienen menos probabilidades de morir prematuramente.
Beagle X puppies adopted from RSPCA ACT in 2017.
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Around 175,000 dogs and cats in Australian animal shelters are put down each year. But you can gift a pet a new home this Christmas, with the support of animal welfare groups.
Tight finances are the main reason more older Australians, especially women, are living in share houses.
While share houses are more a matter of financial necessity than choice, many older Australians are discovering it has unexpected social benefits for them.
In most states where temperatures are increasing, Australians are at a higher risk of suicide.
Pollutants from fossil fuel combustion cause thousands of premature deaths nationwide every year. This is just one way our climate change policies impact on the nation's health.
Market forces are unlikely to lift wage growth higher without help.
Wage growth has been at near depression levels for half a decade. It needs a push.