Brothels in Pompeii were decorated with murals depicting erotic and exotic scenes: but the reality was far more brutal and mundane.
Thomas Shahan/Wikimedia Commons
Though their activities were depicted alluringly in murals, the sex workers of Pompeii were slaves who lived hard lives.
No, you don’t need to douche yourself with a cucumber. Or anything for that matter.
The vagina is self-cleaning, and vaginal discharge plays an important role in keeping the vagina healthy.
An unbalanced report failed to mention the experience of most women who use long acting reversible contraceptives.
Long-acting reversible contraceptives are more reliable than other methods of contraception and most women are happy with them.
Some projects shouldn’t be receiving funding from the government. Yet, lack of proper monitoring has caused huge amounts of wasted money.
A review of the Emissions Reduction Fund has found it's performing well – but new research raises serious credibility issues.
NAPLAN results should also be considered in relation to other standardised assessments, which do not always tell the same story.
The results are in, and student achievement on NAPLAN has plateaued in literacy and numeracy, with some areas of improvement.
Demand is growing for aged care workers in regional areas and so policymakers should be focused on this rather than manufacturing jobs.
Growth in high-skilled jobs is highest in Australian cities and for the country its low-skilled jobs.
As young Australians approach voting age they need simple, clear and practical instructions about the mechanics of how government works and how to vote.
Results from the latest report into civics and citizenship education show by the time students hit year ten, the majority of them have little knowledge about Australian civics and democracy.
The uneven approach between VET and higher education in particular reflects an ongoing failure to conceive of the two as part of a single tertiary education system.
New analysis of education expenditure shows spending on the vocational education and training sector has declined while other sectors have experienced growth.
At any given moment, roughly 1-2% of Australian drivers are estimated to be using their mobile phone while driving.
Road safety campaigns targeting mobile phone use among drivers should emphasise how perceived social pressure is not an acceptable excuse for engaging in the behaviour.
The ingredients of incense were detailed in the Old Testament.
The four ingredients for holy incense are listed in the Old Testament, but there was much debate over the origin of one of them -- onycha. Scientists think they've now confirmed the source.
An artist’s reconstruction of
Kumimanu biceae, a giant ancient penguin, from fossils found in New Zealand.
Reconstruction by G Mayr/Senckenberg Research Institute
Fossilised bones discovered in New Zealand reveal an extinct penguin which may have been the largest to ever live, around the same height as an average man.
Why do humans have fur only on their heads?
Scientists say humans are pretty similar to chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans. So why don't we have fur like they do?
Telstra and the City of Joondalup have joined forces in a trial of ‘smart park’ applications at Tom Simpson Park.
Public spaces have become more, not less, important to our experience of cities in the digital era. These technologies can be used to confound and enlarge our experiences of and connections to place.
One of the worst examples of identity politics came from Malcolm Turnbull on Monday’s Q&A program.
Conservatives are often critical of 'identity politics' for silencing dissenting views. But on ABC's Q&A on Monday night Malcolm Turnbull presented a very narrow vision of national identity.
Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, trains in the ways of the Force in
Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The Force in Star Wars suggests it may be a form of quantum entanglement. Here's how.
Research findings are published in peer-reviewed academic journals, many of which charge universities subscription fees.
Universities in New Zealand spent close to US$15 million on subscriptions to just four publishers in 2016, data that was only released following a request to the Ombudsman.
Investments in new stadiums are rarely justified by their economic returns.
Research shows investment in large events doesn't pay off. There are thousands of community events across Australia that offer a better bang for buck.
The winner! Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Esperance WA.
Lucky Bay on WA's south coast has been scientifically declared to have the whitest sand in Australia. But if you think your local beach can take the title, we want to hear from you.
Detail from Rachel Ruysch, Still life with flowers in a glass vase, 1716, oil on canvas, 48.5 x 39.5 cm, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
During her lifetime, the paintings of Dutch artist Rachel Ruysch sold for higher prices than those of Rembrandt. Why, then, have her talents not been more widely acknowledged in the centuries since?