A computer generated ten-year-old girl called Sweetie, who was used by Dutch children’s rights group Terre Des Hommes during an online child sex sting.
AAP Image/Terre des Hommes Netherlands
It's increasingly difficult to tell virtually-created images from those of real children.
Marriage is not an automatic right for anyone.
We need to get beyond hyperbole and half-truths from those both for and against marriage equality, and go back to basics.
The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world.
Last week Brazil opened thousands of kilometres of previously protected Amazon rainforest to mining, in a bid to combat ongoing political and economic disasters.
Attractiveness in the voice is very important for the impressions we give our potential partners.
Body language can sometimes tell us if the person we're talking to is interested in us romantically. But the way they talk offers a few clues, too.
The tropical dry forest characteristic of Colombia’s Montes de Maria region has all but disappeared.
Felipe Villegas, Instituto Humboldt
As Colombia seeks to rebuild after fifty years of armed conflict, an emerging conservationist movement is linking lasting peace to healthy habitats.
Big sewer pipes take all sewage to a place where it is treated. This place is called a sewage treatment plant.
You flush the toilet. Down it goes. What happens after that? Clancy, age four, wants to know.
It is inconsistent with Australia’s religious diversity for federal parliament to have official prayers based on one particular religious denomination.
Australia’s federal MPs are apparently servants of the Christian God, working for His glory.
We make judgements of people by the way they move, even when we can’t see their facial features.
The way people move can give us a heads up on their mood or intention: it's called biological motion. Technology called 'point light displays' is helping narrow down what unique movements imply.
Smoke from hazard reduction burning has blanketed parts of Sydney, as firefighters prepare for a ‘horrific’ bushfire season.
AAP Image/Dean Lewins
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.
If you tell a robot secrets, you might want to make sure it can forget them too.
Robots have a lot to learn from humans when it comes to memory.
Debates over whether priests should break the confessional seal if they hear reports of abuse in confession are largely symbolic.
Reporting child sexual abuse to police, and any subsequent investigation or trial, is a time of profound instability for victims and their families.
Many people take heartburn medications for longer than they should.
Recent reports of dangerous side effects and even early death from heartburn medications have led some to question whether this is the right medication for them.
Early intervention via education and training is a proven way to stop unemployed youth becoming unemployable adults.
Early intervention via education and training will cost money straight up. But it makes no sense to watch young people drift through unemployment and disengagement and turn into unemployable adults.
Eugenia Falleni in 1920. An Italian-born-woman-turned-Sydney-dwelling-man, Falleni was convicted of murder in 1920.
An Italian-born-woman-turned-Sydney-dwelling-man, Eugenia Falleni was convicted of murder in 1920. Researching a novel about Falleni left this author literally, and figuratively, at sea.
Undoing shoppers’ engrained behaviours is a tricky job.
AAP Image/Julian Smith
The success of the plastic bag ban announced by Australia's big two supermarkets will hinge on whether they can persuade customers to change an engrained behaviour - without annoying them.
Parents should understand where the value is in social media so they can guide their kids to positive use.
Social media provides many emotional, health and social benefits for young people.
Why is it easier to imagine a green ecocity than a just city where everyone belongs?
the yes man/flickr
What is an economy for? And how do we build a community where everyone belongs? We need to answer questions like these to create good, sustainable cities.
Many people in culturally diverse populations in Western Sydney have lived in Australia for many years, if not several generations.
Reasoned debates on sustainable migration intake levels are important. But transport and health infrastructure shortfalls in Western Sydney won't be solved by reactive anti-immigration attitudes.
A Kolorob youth facilitator spreads the word in the Dhaka neighbourhood of Bauniabadh.
A co-operative project that maps services in Dhaka shows how communities of citizens can be more than passive users of the digital platforms that increasingly shape our daily lives.
Building the hotbox dream: another housing development in Western Sydney.
Extreme heat divides people from the environment and from each other. So with the rapid densification of our cities, what kind of legacies are we building for future generations?