A simple heat pack can reduce pain and perineal tearing during childbirth.
Fear of perineal tearing is common as women prepare for childbirth. A simple warm pack can ease pain, prevent physical trauma and aid in recovery after your baby is born.
Cities like Dhaka are internally diverse, even contradictory. Such variation extends to the types of economic activity that take place in them.
As cities trumpet their liveability, creativity and greenness, many informal settlement activities are often relegated to the shadows.
Australians have gazed in wonder at the Milky Way since long before Captain Cook’s time.
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What did Isaac Newton, Captain Cook and Eddie Mabo all have in common? Each, in their own way, looked to the heavens to make sense of the world, and the importance of their place in it.
Many people have turned to Adele in times of trouble. But for people with the symptoms of clinical depression, sad music can do more harm than good.
Plenty of people listen to sad music to make themselves feel better. But new research shows that for people with depression, it can do the opposite – triggering a cycle of negative thoughts.
The mode of delivery has a big impact on an infant’s microbiota, the bacteria that live in the gut.
The particular makeup of a newborn’s gut microbes is important as it has been shown to affect their risk of developing certain diseases later in childhood and adulthood.
Mice can slow the wheel of ageing almost at will. Humans, not so much.
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Anti-ageing research often uses short-lived model species such as mice. But these species age in a very different way to us, so they may not tell us all that much about boosting our own lifespans.
Chinese Australians have been in Australia for more than a century, but they are invisible in our records.
Dallas Rogers speaks with Alanna Kamp on how racism and sexism has excluded lives and experiences of Chinese-Australian women from our historical record.
Aviation English still has too much potential for misunderstandings between pilots and air traffic controllers.
Flying is known to be the safest mode of transport, but many accidents could be avoided with better communication.
‘Baby talk’ has shorter sentences, simpler words and more repetition.
People often tell new parents to avoid 'baby talk' because it will slow down the child's language development. But evidence shows it does the opposite.
Antarctica hangs in the balance. Five cities have the chance of securing the future of this fragile continent.
The super rich are a symbol of growing wealth inequality.
Dallas Rogers speaks with Ilan Wiesel and Ray Forrest about the impact of the super rich on local politics, our cities and wealth inequality.
Outer space should be used for peace not war.
The rules on armed conflict on Earth are a major source of restraint on military operations. But the rules on the use of weapons in outer space are far from clear. We need to change that.
Rio is an old city, with dense areas such as the Rocinha favela. Making it accessible is no small ask.
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There are significant challenges in making old cities like Rio more accessible, and there are missed opportunities around the Paralympics, but it's not all bad news.
Whose land are domestic and foreign real estate investors trading?
The history of foreign investment in land and real estate shows the global movement of people and capital is closely linked to the prevailing geopolitics.
Baby doesn’t need to be doing sit-ups, but it’s important he’s not sitting in a confined space for long periods.
When we talk about physical activity for young children we don't mean exercise or going to the gym.
Australia’s medal success in the sciences.
While questions are asked about the value of investment in our Olympic sporting activities, take a look at the achievements of our other medal winners in the science Olympiads.
What can life on Antarctica tell us about future colonies on Mars or other planets?
Speaking with: Juan Francisco Salazar about colonising Antarctica and Mars.
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Dallas Rogers speaks with Prof Juan Francisco Salazar about studying the research community in Antarctica to learn about what colonising Mars and other planets might look like.
The evidence shows counting was beyond more than a handful of numbers for Australia’s Indigenous people.
There is plenty of evidence to show Australia's Indigenous people had ways of counting big numbers, yet the myth persists they couldn't count more than a handful of things. Why?
The new Equinix SY4 data centre in Alexandria sure doesn’t look like a cloud from the outside.
Without data centres the world stops. We explored the inner Sydney suburb of Alexandria to learn more about these critical infrastructures.
A minister of religion is not obliged to solemnise any marriage.
Ministers of religion who support marriage equality would be able to challenge the Marriage Act in the High Court. They would stand a good chance of winning.