Blaxland MP Jason Clare voted yes in a strong “no” electorate.
Some people may think it's the duty of their MP to vote in the way they do. But political theory shows this doesn't work.
Fossilised ancient human footprints at the Mungo National Park. How are we to engage with a history that spans 65,000 years?
Over the past half century, Australia has experienced a 'time revolution' with Indigenous history pushed back into the dizzying expanse of deep time. The latest discovery reminds us that science, like history, is an ongoing inquiry.
People celebrate the results of the same-sex marriage postal survey in Melbourne.
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Given that only 20 years ago Tasmania decriminalised male homosexuality, the same-sex marriage survey result represents an extraordinary change. But there is still work to be done.
Future learners will need an excellent start in early learning if they are to cope with mid to late 21st century challenges.
In this book extract, Iram Siraj explains how to help kids get a leg up in a digital world by teaching them communication and other essential 21st century skills young.
A gloomy octopus perched above a bed of discarded scallop shells.
Intentional actions by usually solitary octopuses improve a sandy site, allowing group living in 'Octlantis'. But the buzz around the site grew quickly, creating some interesting interpretations.
Sunrise over the Earth. Hydrofluorocarbons were created to protect the ozone layer, but their stable nature makes them an extremely potent greenhouse gas.
Australia has ratified an agreement to phase out hydrofluorocarbons, a manmade compound once hailed as the saviour of the ozone layer. What went wrong?
Wild horses, known as brumbies, in Australia.
From 30,000-year-old cave paintings to The Man From Snowy River, wild horses have always been part of human culture. As Australia debates what to do with 'brumbies' in mountain environments, it's time to reconsider their place.
Mobility scooter user Linda Thompson.
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Are mobility scooters harbingers of a future where small and versatile electric vehicles roam our cities?
Undocumented migrants are among those helping to rebuild the hardest-hit areas of Oaxaca state, where federal aid has been slow to trickle down.
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A brigade of migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala have interrupted their trek north to stay in Mexico and support earthquake recovery efforts.
Detail from Rowan Conroy, Paphos Theatre Full Moon, April 2006.
Archaeologists have a long tradition of taking artists along on their expeditions. A new exhibition in Cyprus aims to revive the practice.
One man and his dog.
There can be a difference in the way some dogs react to men and women, and it can also matter if the dog is a he or a she.
Mercury pollution, often released from gold mining and coal power stations, is a global problem.
For the first time research has shown that mercury released in the northern hemisphere ends up in Australia's tropics.
Exercise practitioners and personal trainers are taught to help us set goals.
Exercise practitioners are taught to help us set goals to get active. But the way we set goals may be unhelpful, or worse, make it even harder for us to exercise.
Rescue workers arrive to Juchitán, Oaxaca, which was almost completely destroyed in Mexico’s September 7-8 earthquake.
Shattered by powerful back-to-back earthquakes, Mexico is facing daunting damages across six states. Now Chiapas and Oaxaca, the country's two poorest states, which were hit first, fear neglect.
Mosses are sensitive to even minor changes in their living conditions.
Mosses are sensitive to even minor changes in their living conditions, and scientists traditionally tramped through difficult terrain to collect data on them.
Is Donald Trump hoping to trade dreams for bricks?
From south of the border, Trump seems to be using DACA as a diplomatic weapon in his ongoing power struggle with the Mexican government. That just hurts 800,000 people and helps President Peña Nieto.
Audible Australia’s Listen to Love podcast is an explicit attempt to shape the debate around marriage equality currently raging in Australia.
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Podcasts like The Messenger, about refugees, and Listen To Love, about same-sex marriage, are bringing new voices to major issues. But as podcasts get political, it's unclear whether they'll be able to cut through complex debates.
At first glance, old industrial sites, like this one in Carrington Street, don’t look like much. But they provide vital spaces for creative precincts to flourish.
A new project documents who uses urban industrial lands slated for redevelopment. It reveals a vibrant but largely hidden sector at the interface between creative industries and small manufacturing.
Boron is often ignored, but it’s got a lot of important qualities.
Boron is the hidden ingredient in a lot of our technology. Get to know this plucky little element.
Smoke from hazard reduction burning has blanketed parts of Sydney, as firefighters prepare for a ‘horrific’ bushfire season.
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In 2013 a mild and dry winter led to some of the most destructive bushfires in NSW history. Now new modelling shows 2017 record-breaking winter warmth has created worryingly similar conditions.