As the curtain falls on the year, one of the most powerful players in the new parliament looks back on his successes.
The possible axing of the Green Army, which aimed to put thousands to work tending conservation projects, leaves many questions unanswered - the biggest being the reason for the sudden retreat.
Australia's arid grasslands are being invaded - by native shrubs and trees.
If we want excellence in our schools, we have to provide a system with the incentives, enablers and rewards for improvement built in.
Women remain systemically underrepresented at the top levels of Australia's most powerful institutions – including the media, universities, government, judiciary and corporate sector.
Researchers from a range of disciplines need to work together if we are to predict and prepare for the next thunderstorm asthma event.
New research on gendered roles in top-grossing movies has found that 83% of characters in family films with a STEM career are men.
Chronic gum disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss in people over 30 years old, and affects 10 to 15% of the population on average.
Employees who ‘cut corners’ at tend to be morally compromised, low in conscientiousness, self-focused and impulsive.
Pornography is having negative impacts on children and young people. And increased sexual violence among children is only the tip of the iceberg.
Rather than leaping to conclusions about a failing education system, we need to look at what the data tells us about student performance at a state level to help us make more informed decisions.
A new study appears to show plants can learn from experience and choose a response. This raises some intriguing questions about the possibility of plant cognition.
Health minister Sussan Ley said Australia’s use of antibiotics in general practice is 20% above the OECD average. Is that right?
The Japanese attack on a US naval base on Dec. 7, 1941 set in motion a series of events that transformed the United States into a global superpower. Will Donald Trump bring that era to an end?
A new coalition of bodies representing regional Australia is calling on the government to help guarantee better access to the internet and the networked economy.
For a long time it was not believed that animals were even capable of feeling pain, let alone complex emotions. We now know that is far from the truth.
Shark nets seem like they should reduce shark attacks. But as these events are so rare and variable anyway, proving it statistically is no mean feat.
Social media communication like Twitter can influence investor decisions in an unequal way and whether the company intends it or not, research finds.
Peter Corrigan, one of Australia's most influential architects, died last week. A man of endless enthusiasm and curiosity, he shaped Melbourne's cityscape and influenced a generation of architects.
It is likely that, ironically, any legalisation of euthanasia in this country will actually hinder the care of those most in need.
Looking back at the Australian Human Rights Commission’s foundation shows that human rights have never been above politics.
Five tips on how to spend in a way that contributes to social movements this Christmas.
A new exhibition exploring the relationship between birds and humans is variously gaudy, delightful and disturbing. We sent two ecologists along to review the show.
Australia was designed at Federation to ensure nationals of British descent would be able to create a society populated by individuals as much like themselves as possible.
The real threats to dugongs and turtles are not being addressed.
Antipsychotic medications for delirium don't work and could harm, a new study shows. So what options are left?
Informal settlements are often undocumented or hidden on official maps, but they house about a billion people worldwide. Their existence demands a more sophisticated approach to urban development.