Homo Floresiensis skull.
Stuart Hay, The Australian National University
It’s been the scientific equivalent of a never ending soap opera. The pygmy human species Homo floresiensis (aka ‘the Hobbit’), discovered in 2003 in a cave on the island of Flores, has been bogged down…
The Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day, is marked by Chinese people by going to the cemetery to clean up tombs, bring flowers, and make offerings to their ancestors.
Like Australia, China traditionally commemorates those who served in war in April each year, and increasingly they do it via social media.
The new GST laws will force Ebay and other online marketplaces to pay GST on goods sold by overseas sellers.
The governments move to include low-value online bought goods in the GST doesn't treat overseas and local sellers in the same way.
Australia’s central bank says labour market conditions have been weaker than expected.
Wages are sluggish, underemployment seems stubbornly high, and there is a continued push to part-time rather than full-time employment.
Waverley Cemetery in Sydney where Henry and Bertha Lawson rest.
Kerrie Davies' A Wife's Heart places her own story alongside that of Henry Lawson's wife.
The NDIS rollout has been plagued with issues from the start.
The NDIS roll-out has been criticised for many glitches, but that doesn't mean the scheme is failing.
An artist’s impression of the UNSW-EC0 cubesat in Earth’s orbit.
Australia's hoping to take a share of the billion-dollar space industry with the launch of its first totally Australian-built satellites in 15 years.
The Australian delegation to the International Woman Suffrage Alliance Congress in Rome, 1923.
National Library of Australia
The suffragists who gained women the right to vote offer a model of Australia’s role in the world that remains as important as ever.
Increases in tobacco taxes hurt low-income smokers, who are already stigmatised.
Tobacco tax increases in Australia that will see a packet of cigarettes costing A$40 may discourage smoking, but will end up having unintended consequences for poorer smokers, new research shows.
In one regard, lockout laws have succeeded in decreasing crime. But take a step back to see a city-wide perspective, and there are many other issues to consider.
Policy changes such as the 'lockout laws' have had profound impacts on inner Sydney nightlife. Transport data help us see whether these have caused problems to spill over into neighbouring areas.
Human brain ‘connectome’ illustrating axonal nerve fibers determined by the measured directionality of water molecules inside them (Credit: jgmarcelino from Newcastle upon Tyne).
It’s the mystery of all mysteries of science. Why is it that humans are so unusual compared to all other life? The key to solving this riddle lies in explaining the evolution of our large brains and exceptional…
After the Spanish flu we didn’t see any new flu strains for forty years. Now novel strains are increasingly popping up.
How is it the flu has managed to stay around for so long, and why haven't we beaten it yet?
APRA chairman Wayne Byres is leading a crackdown on interest-only loans, but it may not be enough to cool some parts of the housing market.
Negative gearing plus inadequate supply plus low wage growth equals financial distress.
The 1994 Rwandan genocide evokes shame, despair, and revulsion.Yet, the events warrant reflection and remind us about the risks of looking the other way.
Ethics procedures aim to protect research participants from harm.
A recent survey about sexual assault on university campuses was criticised as being unethical. So what is the right way to go about conducting such research?
When species are pushed to the top of the mountain, where else is left to go?
From luxuries like champagne to the very livelihoods of fishing communities in the developing world – the climate-driven shifts in species will affect us all.
There’s a lot of water beneath our feet.
We know the tides affect the oceans, but it also affects groundwater. If we can understand how, then we can better protect this precious resource.
Henry Lawson in 1915.
State Library of New South Wales
Bertha Lawson alleged that her husband, celebrated poet Henry Lawson, was habitually cruel and drunk.
Cytomegalovirus infection in the womb is more common in Australia than infection with listeria or toxoplasma in pregnancy.
We can prevent congenital deafness and intellectual disability due to cytomegalovirus by simple hygiene measures. So, why don't pregnant women know about this?
A potential anti-ageing drug is likely to be more effective at maintaining health than extending lifespan.
The true promise of ageing research is that rather than tackling individual diseases one at a time, a single drug to treat ageing would treat all of the diseases that arise in old age, at once.