Should the Reserve Bank of Australia better represent the poor?
A new report suggests the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia should income a "representative of the poor". This is a proposal worthy of consideration.
We can use mechanobiology to learn how immune cells attack cancer cells.
Cells are not stagnant: they are active, and responsive. Mechanobiology is the science of how cells and tissues sense and respond to mechanical forces, and is creating new therapies.
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The economic models we used in the past haven't adjusted for the realities of today, like diminished union power and underemployment.
Contrary to popular belief, sex workers were more likely than not to report that their work enhanced their wellbeing.
The study shows the negative effects of sex work's criminalisation, including a reluctance of workers to go to police and clients using it as an excuse to abuse workers.
Most people assume heart disease is a lifestyle illness that only affects adults.
Children can have heart disease too, and many are born with it.
Like big waves? Thanks to surf forecasting, you’ll know when and where to find them.
Shalom Jacobovitz/Wikimedia Commons
Walter Munk might be the most under-appreciated man in surfing, but he is a big deal in ocean science. If you've ever checked a surf forecast before paddling out, you have him to thank.
With more Australian workers joining the gig economy, questions about how these workers will fare in their retirement are becoming more pressing.
Rice famers near Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Twelve thousand years ago everybody lived as hunters and gatherers. But by 5,000 years ago most people lived as farmers. This brief period marked the biggest shift ever in human history with unparalleled…
The power disparity between Harvey Weinstein and his alleged victims plays into a range of myths and stereotypes about women.
Men like Harvey Weinstein have been able to abuse with relative impunity, despite many in the entertainment industry appearing to know or have suspicion of their behaviour.
There are signs our frothy housing market, combined with rising interest rates, could have serious consequences for our economy.
Fully half of Westpac's loan book consists of interest-only loans, so why are the banks not more concerned about what could happen next?
Retired Australians are often those most interested in Superannuation.
While the current superannuation legislation before the federal parliament doesn't do far enough, it's a step in the right direction toward much needed democratisation of the sector.
A drug needs to pass quite a few hurdles before it gets to the market.
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Only around 10% of new drugs in development make it onto the market. A drug needs to go through animal trials, and then four phases of human trials to be deemed suitable for use in patients.
Randomisation is the only commonly accepted method of ensuring an unbiased estimate of the treatment effect.
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A randomised controlled trial is the best way to compare a new treatment with the standard treatment. And randomising trial participants is a core feature of the experiment.
Scott and his team at the geographic South Pole, January 18, 1912.
National Library of Australia
Notes unearthed from the British Library suggest that Captain Scott's Antarctic expedition may have been fatally undermined by Lieutenant Teddy Evans, furious after being sent back to base.
Artist’s reconstruction of a Neanderthal male, at the Neanderthal Museum, Germany (Credit: Stephan Sheer).
Geneticists have now firmly established that roughly two percent of the DNA of all living non-African people comes from our Neanderthal cousins. It’s difficult to imagine why our early ancestors would…
Aerial view of residential housing on the Gold Coast.
While the key economic signs remain strong, new data suggests many Australians are entering into mortgages without having fully grasped the financial consequences.
“Looking for one girl to share a master room with another 3 girls.”
Screenshot from Gumtree ad, August 19 2017, 11:58
City living costs are driving people to organise themselves to share a room with strangers. These precarious living arrangements hardly qualify as a home.
When it comes to making health choices, which way to turn?
We're being 'nudged' to make good health choices every day. But who decides what's best? And what happens when we don't agree?
Space inspires, and the establishment of a Space Agency in Australia is well positioned to drive engagement in STEM.
Anastasiya (left) and myself working on the Haughton crater rim.
Will humans ever live on Mars? Whoever it is to get there first will benefit from the experiences of those who stayed in simulated Martian missions here on Earth.