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.
Children can easily be exposed to porn online.
Online porn is big business and has plenty of adults viewing the content. But young children can also be exposed to porn, and much of that comes from accidental or unwanted exposure.
It may not be comfortable or easy to do but racist abuse needs to be challenged in sport and our society.
Sport can be a driver for change; it can make a difference in people’s lives and unify communities, particularly around national successes. But it can also create tensions and cause conflict.
Sporting coaches are often viewed as positive role models and mentors for their players.
Olympic athletes play an important role within the sport-for-development agenda. But because they both inspire and lead, coaches may be better placed to assume that mantle.
There’s little evidence relevant government bodies are able to leverage hosting the Olympics to develop a sport participation legacy for the wider population.
The commonly believed mechanism for increasing sport participation assumes that elite sport performances result in a greater number of people taking up sport.
Vincent Lingiari looks on as Prime Minister Gough Whitlam swigs champagne after the symbolic handback of the Gurindji people’s land.
A new book reveals the drama and comedy of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam's famous "hand back" of Gurindji land in 1975, following the Wave Hill Walk-Off 50 years ago – and the bittersweet aftermath.