Reconstruction of a Neanderthal man in a modern suit, at the Neanderthal Museum.
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Over the past half decade, ancient DNA research has revealed some surprising aspects to our evolutionary history during the past 50,000 years. Perhaps the most startling of these has been the extent to…
Could media reports of natural disasters reduce people’s risk perception?
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Are you at risk from natural disasters? Research shows media reports could actually reduce people's perceptions of risk.
Christina Hendricks with the Mad Men costume sketches being archived by the Smithsonian. But academics were interested in television long before Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mad Men.
Before Buffy The Vampire Slayer intrigued academics, shows like I Love Lucy dominated the cultural conversation. This is worth remembering, because Mad Men and The Wire didn't emerge from nowhere.
Eating kangaroos is sustainable.
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Campaigners against commercial kangaroo harvesting say it's unsustainable and have convinced California to extend a ban on kangaroo imports. But are Australia's world-famous roos really at risk?
It’s impossible to know the quality of our groundwater unless we test it.
A new technique that uses lasers to determine the composition of groundwater is helping us protect that most precious resource.
Transparency and public accountability should extend to private companies.
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They say forcing private companies to disclose their taxable income will lead to kidnap. But that's just the beginning of the poor excuses.
Many grandparents compromise their own working lives to enable their daughters and daughters-in-law to go to work.
The role of grandparents as the biggest providers of childcare is a huge blind spot in policy-making for workforce participation, childcare, early childhood education and retirement.
This summer’s El Niño is likely to bring more frequent heatwaves to a large swathe of Australia’s north and east.
The link between El Niño and heatwaves is complicated. But what we can say is that this summer's strong El Niño conditions are likely to bring more heatwaves to much of Australia's north and east.
The main thrust of the advisory committee’s report is that diets should be focused on whole foods, not specific nutrients.
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National dietary guidelines have become an easy target for those looking for a scapegoat for bad diets in rich countries. And a BMJ article about draft US guidelines adds further fuel for the fire.
Smartphone cameras do have their uses but can they rival a traditional digital camera?
The latest iPhone from Apple is out Friday and it offers a bigger and better camera than previous models. But will smartphone cameras ever replace the traditional digital cameras?
The erection of barriers and nets at public sites with a high incidence of suicide results in far fewer deaths – at the site and nearby locations.
Installing barriers and safety nets at public sites with a high incidence of suicide can reduce the number of deaths at these sites by more than 90%.
Discretionary trusts allows for the “dishing out” of gifts, often to family members.
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There been lots of debate on reforming the tax system - so why the silence on one of the most egregious ways of reducing tax - family trusts?
A perverse funding incentive creates or maintains the dependency of older people living in nursing homes.
A perverse funding incentive creates or maintains the dependency of older people livin
The new Arts Minister, Mitch Fifield, is in a fortunate position …
If the new arts minister, Mitch Fifield, abolishes the National Program for Excellence in the Arts and diverts its funds back to the Australia Council, he will increase arts funding at no cost to the budget bottom line.
WikiHouse is one example of the technology-driven new economy, which focuses on people rather than profits.
Two visions of the 'new economy', one based on environmental and social justice values, the other on disruptive technologies, are coming together to challenge the status quo.
What’s she trying to sell?
That most confected of artificial television spectacles, the MTV Video Music Awards has mercifully passed for another year. Miley Cyrus returned as host to the scene of her infamous 2013 performance where…
A visualisation of the planned Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea.
Plans to build a new telescope on a Hawaiian mountain highlight the complexities and sensitivities that arise when science interacts with indigenous communities.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced the winners and losers of his ministerial reshuffle.
What are the key challenges for ministers entering new portfolios in Malcolm Turnbull's first cabinet? The Conversation asked experts in key policy areas to respond.
There might still be more art than science in raising healthy children, but science can be useful.
Here are five scientific studies from the last 12 months with simple tips for raising healthy children.
‘Children who are yet to be born need to know their place in the never-ending story.’
Warangkula family portrait alongside Warangkula Court street sign. Photo: Helen Puckey
Succeeding generations need to know where they are placed in the unfolding grand narrative of Aboriginal art. Those of us who are not Aboriginal need to understand the complex relationship between settler Australians and the people of the land.