It can be tough deciding where to give birth.
More than 300,000 women give birth in Australia each year. Most (97%) give birth in hospitals (72% of these in public and 28% in private), while 0.3% are born before they arrive at hospital.
Gay men are sharing pictures of themselves kissing in an act of defiance in the wake of the Orlando shooting.
On screen or in public, why does the sight of men kissing continue to provoke controversy, censorship and even violence?
The new discovery: The C-shaped “wide angle tail galaxy” (pink) surrounded by the galaxies of the Matorny-Terentev cluster (white).
The find by citizen scientists of at least 40 galaxies in a cluster more than a billion light years away is the astronomical equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack.
Plenty of young Aboriginal people play football. Why aren’t they moving into professional coaching?
Coaches are mentors, community leaders and educators who can change lives. But Aboriginal coaches find it hard to step up to the next level - is a form of racism at play?
Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world despite its ranking as one of the ‘least liveable’.
Bringing significant benefits to an emergent middle class, Dhaka's cultural, economic, environmental and political landscapes are being rapidly but unevenly transformed.
Is television focussing on marginalised communities just exploiting the poor for entertainment? Dallas Rogers spoke with Associate Professor Deb Warr about the media and poverty.
Aaron Pedersen reprises his Mystery Road role as Jay Swan in Goldstone. Ivan Sen’s latest film draws together white, black and Chinese Australia.
The Sydney Film Festival opens on Wednesday with the world premiere of Ivan Sen's Goldstone. There is no filmmaker working here today who is more adept at touching the raw nerves of Australian culture.
The link between CCTV and safety is weak; the link with commerce is stronger.
Flickr/Ashley/Jakub Geltner, Sculpture by the Sea, 'Nest '06'
Politicians want us to believe closed circuit TV makes us safer. But the main beneficiaries are private firms handed lucrative tax-payer contracts.
Muhammad Ali is still front of mind in any discussion of the most important sportsman ever.
Muhammad Ali was much bigger than boxing. He came, from the late 1960s onwards, to symbolise resistance to racism, militarism and inequality.
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.
Playing music is good for people at all stages in their lives – including the elderly.
Music is a universal human habit, but it's particularly good for the elderly. From slowing cognitive decline to helping someone recover from a stroke, old age is a great time to pick up an instrument.
Women face serious barriers to reaching the upper echelons of classical composing and conducting.
The rate of female composers working in Australia hasn't risen in seven years. At one leading ensemble, 41 of 47 composers commissioned have been men. What's going wrong, and how can it be fixed?
Jane Jacobs holds up documentary evidence at a 1961 press conference during the campaign to save the West Village.
In an age of data-driven urban science, we need to remember how Jane Jacobs gave voice to the multiple languages, meanings, experiences and knowledge systems of a vibrant city.
Ruling the roost: flying-foxes can suddenly arrive in huge numbers when the right trees bloom.
Flying-foxes can cause conflict - just ask the people of Batemans Bay, NSW. But plans to disperse them won't necessarily work without understanding these highly mobile animals' behaviour.
Migrant children often adapt to their host country much quicker than their parents.
Migrant children often become interpreters for their parents in settings like the doctor's office, legal situations and even in parent-teacher interviews. This can be a burden and affect their health.
Opponents of projects are often scorned as NIMBYs, but active citizenship and local consultation are key elements in creating a city that works well for as many people as possible.
Cities are home to many different people who will not always agree. We need to learn to embrace public debate as an ongoing, constructive process for working through diverse views and values.
The brain processes different facial features separately, so how does it tie them together?
Different parts of our brains process different things, like the facial features, voices and the gait of people we know. But it takes memory to weave them all together into a single picture.
More than 60% of Australian households include at least one companion animal, which are seen as family members by 88% of these.
With a majority of households having pets and growing numbers living in apartments, a review of regulations on keeping animals in such communities is timely.
Malcolm Turnbull made an early campaign visit to western Sydney with Liberal MP Fiona Scott.
Changing political and social demographics mean no-one is able to take the complex and diverse western Sydney region for granted.
University graduates are vital to creating new jobs, technologies and industries.
Over the next ten years, 40% of jobs are predicted to disappear. Universities will be essential to helping people reskill, upskill and reinvent their jobs.