Australia’s deep history was uncovered at Lake Mungo.
On the golden jubilee of the discovery of Mungo Lady's 40,000-year-old remains, we can reflect on Aboriginal Australia's vast history, which predates the arrival of Homo sapiens in both Europe and America.
Life in the human herd is complex, and we are unavoidably inter-dependent when it comes to our health. Population health science looks at the things that cause ill-health in the first place.
New findings show what the public really thinks about how we prioritise treatments at the end of people's lives.
The Homeward Bound initiative works with women in science to enhance their opportunity to take up leadership roles globally.
This year 77 women took part in the largest all-female expedition to Antarctica as part of a leadership training program. Rough weather enroute put group decision-making skills to the test.
Disappearing from a high street near you.
A long read on the decimation of British jobcentres – and why it puts the rollout of Universal Credit at risk.
Fact or fiction? Either way, an alien still seems menacing.
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Stephen Hawking raised the public profile of grand science, and speculated about the future of artificial intelligence, as well as contacting aliens. Does science mix easily with science fiction?
Facebook’s actions – or inactions – facilitated breaches of privacy and human rights associated with democratic governance.
Human rights abuses might be embedded in the business model that has evolved for social media companies in their second decade.
The British First Fleet knew little of conditions in Port Jackson, later Sydney Cove, before their arrival.
George Edwards Peacock, State Library of New South Wales.
When the First Fleet sailed into Sydney Cove in 1788, they entered an ancient and unforgiving landscape. A new book charts Australians' relationship with one of the world's most volatile climates.
Police teams bag up swabs from railings outside The Maltings shopping centre, where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found critically ill.
A long read on how nerve agents were developed – and used in an attack on a former Russian spy on the streets of Salisbury.
Blood has always been a symbol of life and has been thought to counteract the ageing process.
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Recent scientific studies have claimed that transfusions of blood from teenagers can help delay or reverse the ageing process. Do they stack up?
Mayon Volcano erupts in Legaspi city, Philippines on 25 January 2018.
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It feels as if volcanoes in our region are going off at a high rate right now - but it's reasonably normal activity for the "Ring of Fire" belt running around the Asia Pacific.
The storm clouds have been gathering over energy policy for a decade or more.
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The Long Read: Most Australians' power bills have been rising for a decade. There are many reasons why, but the common thread is a lack of government willingness to get to grips with crucial policy problems.
In the Global Biodiversity Information Facility there are 682,447 records of human encounters with dandelions.
Does big data threaten how humans explore the natural world? We need to protect our impulses to observe, compare, play, discover and love, no matter what technological capabilities are available.
LGBTIQ minorities in many Asian countries must overcome violence and discrimination in their day-to-day lives.
One day the violence and discrimination will be finished in Asia and throughout our region – but in the meantime, there is a need for heroes.
Digging in Traders Cave in the iconic Niah Caves archaeological complex. Darren Curnoe excavates while Roshan Peiris observes. (Photo: Mhd. S. Sauffi/Darren Curnoe)
From the tropics of Borneo, Darren Curnoe posted a daily diary sharing his team's dig to explore ancient cemeteries. Through two metres of clay, human bones and tools were discovered.
Humans and their technologies have evolved together over time.
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What does it mean to be a responsible, mature and wise technological being? Our future lies in seeking real answers to this type of question.
Private companies are increasingly challenging national space agencies in a new space race, which comes with great opportunities but also huge risks.
The stereotype of the conventionally attractive female weather reporter is alive and well on Australian television.
The weather segment at the end of news bulletins has stuck to a familiar format for more than 50 years. But the question of who should actually present the weather has been in a constant state of flux.
The Supreme Court’s decision in the Trinity Lutheran case is blurring the lines between church and state.
The Trinity Lutheran case signals the Supreme Court's willingness to interpret separation of church and state as religious discrimination. What will this mean for the future of vouchers and school choice?
Spanish flu killed more people than the Great War that preceded it. And tuberculosis even more than that.
Here we explore our past and present struggles with the most significant infectious diseases human beings have faced.