A memorial by sculptor Margriet Windhausen depicts the life-size figures of Kate Sheppard and other leaders of the Aotearoa New Zealand suffrage movement. Bernard Spragg/Wikimedia Commons

Why New Zealand was the first country where women won the right to vote

125 years ago today women in New Zealand were the first to win the right to vote. Why did this global first happen in a small and isolated corner of the South Pacific?
Two bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) cooperate in a button-pressing task requiring precise behavioural synchronization. Dolphin Research Center

It’s teamwork: how dolphins learn to work together for rewards

Dolphin pairs had to learn to push buttons at the same time to get a reward. So what happened when one dolphin figured that out, while the other still had to learn?
Serena Williams and Brian Earley at the US Open Grand Slam, 2018. AAP/Daniel Murphy

Media Files: On the Serena Williams cartoon – and how the UK phone hacking scandal led to a media crackdown in South Africa

On the Serena Williams cartoon – and how the UK phone hacking scandal led to a media crackdown in South Africa. The Conversation, CC BY61.4 MB (download)
The news of Mark Knight's Serena Williams cartoon broke while we were at a conference in South Africa. We showed it to some local academics to gauge their reactions. And journalist and researcher Glenda Daniels explains how the African National Congress government reacted to the UK phone hacking scandal.
The term ‘cisgender’ entered the Oxford English Dictionary in 2015. Shutterstock.com

Explainer: what does it mean to be ‘cisgender’?

The prefix 'cis', meaning 'on this side of' is commonly used in chemistry and geography. More recently, it has become a way of referring to a person's gender identity.
Transgender footballer Hannah Mouncey was deemed ineligible for last year’s AFLW draft under new regulations. David Crosling/AAP

The AFL’s gender diversity policy remains an apprehensive work in progress

The league's new policy for transgender footballers is contradictory and places an unfair burden on athletes to track testosterone levels and performance results over a two-year period.
There are many pharmacological options available for insomnia. But they will mostly make you reliant upon them for sleep. from www.shutterstock.com

I can’t sleep. What drugs can I (safely) take?

With so many different types out there, it's hard to know what sleep medications are safe to use. Here's a guide.
Serena Williams looks at her box during the women’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan on Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

That racist caricature of Serena Williams makes me so angry

Serena Williams challenged decades of stereotypes when she revealed her anger after she disagreed with a U.S. Open umpire. A racist caricature and calls to boycott her playing by umpires followed.
If the trade war with China escalates, siding with the US is going to cost, but Australia’s long-term national interests still lie with it. Shutterstock

Trump versus China means picking sides

There can be no middle road in the trade war between China and the United States. Soon we will have to pick sides.
The Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations has a message for both employers and the long-term unemployed. Mick Tsikas/AAP

O'Dwyer to business: ‘step up’ to help the unemployed

The Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations is set to tell businesses leaders at a summit today that they need to do more to assist the unemployed into jobs.
Australia is a long way from achieving responsible consumption and production – SDG 12 – and China exposed the reliance on shifting the problem elsewhere when it stopped accepting waste for recycling. Joe Castro/AAP

Business as usual? The Sustainable Development Goals apply to Australian cities too

Australia has yet to properly acknowledge that the Sustainable Development Goals aren't just an issue for other countries. The problems that demand our attention are much closer to home.
Protests during the Iranian Revolution, 1978 represent broader struggles across the region between secular and Islamic models of governance playing out. Wikicommons

World politics explainer: the Iranian Revolution

The Iranian Revolution was a hard-fought battle for those in favour of the Islamist model of governance, inspiring similar movements that have had varying degrees of success across the region.
Since California passed the first medical marijuana law in 1996, 30 US states and the District of Columbia have legalised medical marijuana. from www.shutterstock.com

Legalising medical marijuana shows no effect on crime rates in US states

People opposing medical marijuana are often concerned about increased crime rates, but analysis of city-level data across the US found medical marijuana laws have little effect on crime.
Contestants Sonya Mefaddi and Hadil Faiza were asked to leave My Kitchen Rules after threatening another team. Sonya later spoke of how she had been bullied as a child.

Why it’s time to end the culture of bullying on reality TV

Bullying is a serious public health problem. Yet too often, reality TV shows trade in insults and name calling.
New Zealand’s emission reduction target for 2030 is to bring emissions to 30% below 2005 levels, and to be carbon neutral by 2050. from www.shutterstock.com

Why NZ’s emissions trading scheme should have an auction reserve price

With consultation underway to improve the New Zealand emissions trading scheme, experts argue that a reserve price on emissions units could help rebuild confidence in low-emission investment.

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