Fossilised brittle stars found in Western Australia provide clues about evolution of life underwater.
Australia was a different place 275 million years ago - wild storms surged through icy seas, and marine animals lived a tenuous existence. But brittle stars had a survival strategy.
Decriminalisation allowed sex workers to step out of the shadows and into active participation in public life.
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Full decriminalisation of sex work is advocated by many health and human rights organisations around the world. Sex workers in New South Wales kick-started the process 40 years ago.
Pied butcherbirds, such as this one, sing solos, duos and trios.
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Is birdsong simply a hard-wired, functional, primitive sound – or could we call it 'music'? Australia's pied butcherbirds show there are surprising overlaps between birds' and humans' musical abilities.
How should you signal that you don’t want to be disturbed?
Business Briefing: are our standards dropping in the workplace?
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Our workplaces are becoming less formal. But there were some advantages to the old formality.
Amee Meredith and Caterina Politi turned the worst day of their lives into a campaign for meaningful law reform.
In this episode of Change Agents, Andrew Dodd speaks with Amee Meredith and Caterina Politi, who lost family members to random acts of violence, on their campaign to reform 'one-punch' laws.
New research shows that fairy-wrens become more cautious as they change colour.
Being blue is risky for superb fairy-wrens: males become more cautious when their plumage turns blue, and other wrens take advantage by using them as colourful decoys.
Listening to audio derived from DNA may help scientists better understand how cell biology works.
Converting a DNA sequence into an audio could help us learn something useful about it, like where mutations occur.
All you need to know about the 2017-18 federal budget in one simple at-a-glance graphic.
In the 25 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, we’ve gone backwards.
Growth industry: forestry will account for much of the carbon reductions under the first round of Emissions Reduction Fund contracts.
The first round of contracts for Australia's Emissions Reduction Fund have been awarded, at an average price of just under A$14 a tonne. How do the numbers stack up, and what projects are the big winners?
Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey is facing the prospect of a budget blowout, thanks largely to a hostile Senate.
The Conversation has undertaken a stocktake of the major budget savings measures opposed, at risk, or yet to be legislated. According to our analysis, which has been verified by Grattan Institute chief…
Since publication this infographic has been amended. The original version stated the NDIS was scaled back. There are no planned cuts to the funding of the NDIS.
How much do we really spend on research and development, and how does it vary internationally? To provide some context for this science funding debate, the Scienceogram team has broken down spending across…