Image from ‘Criminal man, according to the classification of Cesare Lombroso’ (1911).
We may think tattooing is a modern phenomenon, but the reasons for its popularity are not dissimilar to those seen in the prisons and convict ships of the Victorian era.
Polling has Boris Johnson’s Conservatives holding a comfortable lead over Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour, but the election will be decided on a seat-by-seat basis.
The outcome of this week's general election is far from certain, but whatever happens, the nation's deep divides are unlikely to be healed.
Smoke is blanketing Australia’s most populated city, making it impossibly to ignore the reality of climate change.
Fuming, burnt out, drained. Can our smoky cities spark a change in the political atmosphere?
Cogitive load theory explains why explicit guidance from teachers is more effective in teaching students new content and skills than letting them discover these for themselves.
There are two types of knowledge – we've evolved to acquire the first naturally; we need schools for the second. Cognitive load theory explains how to teach knowledge we don't automatically get.
This hunting scene, painted 44,000 years ago, is the oldest known work of representational art in the world.
A recent cave art discovery in remote Indonesia is changing our understanding of the beginnings of art and the emergence of religious-like thinking in the early human story.
Morrison government assistant minister Luke Howarth argues that finding jobs for people in social housing will help free up dwellings for other people on the waiting list.
Helping tenants find work supposedly creates a pathway into private rental housing, freeing up social housing for others. Private rental costs and the situations of many tenants make that unrealistic.
Marianne Ihlen: she remains stuck in the role of the beautiful ingénue, the part-time lover, in Nick Broomfield’s documentary.
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Nick Broomfield's latest documentary explores the romance between Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen. But the film fails to confront the harder truths of the license taken by, and conceded to, creative men.
Shareholder activism involves directly engaging with directors and executives of companies to effect change.
We want to to believe in the power of shareholder activism, but reality is another thing.
New Zealanders pay higher fees for KiwiSaver funds than people elsewhere.
New Zealand introduced KiwiSaver 12 years ago to address a lack of retirement savings. But fees are up to 50% more than UK funds and New Zealanders are missing out on hundreds of thousands in savings.
A successful pregnancy if you have diabetes comes down to planning and making sure you have the right health-care team behind you.
Women with diabetes are at high risk of pregnancy complications. But there is a lot women can do to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
NSW is undergoing a review of its sexual consent laws.
As NSW reviews its consent laws, it should look to lessons from other states. While affirmative consent is regarded as the best model, its wording in Victoria offers limited protection in court.
The newly discovered
Kupoupou stilwelli would have once swam in the waters around Chatham Island near New Zealand.
Illustration by Jacob Blokland
This newly discovered species is the oldest one known to resemble today's penguins in both size and leg proportions, unlike its giant co-habitants at the time.
Finke desert racers travel at more than 160 kilometres an hour, risking life and limb.
A documentary about a high adrenaline outback adventure race, Finke: There & Back, provides spectacular aerial imagery and personal insights.
One of this year’s most refreshing developments was the youth-led action on climate change.
AAP Image/Dan Peled
From mass climate change movements to cultural genocide of Uighurs in China, here are some of the headline human rights moments that captured Australia’s attention.
Once contention, genomic editing is now heavily regulated by the World Health Organization and other governments.
One year after the first CRISPR babies were announced, changes in policies and regulations have meant that there have been no new CRISPR announcements since.
The volcanic alert level on Whakaari/White Island remains at three, one rung higher than it was when the eruption took place.
Visiting an active volcano involves risk. Hazard monitoring systems can issue warnings but in the case of the privately-owned White Island, the decision to take a tour falls to tourism operators.
There’s more behind that vegan burger than it seems.
Industry lobbyists call it the 'Great Food Transition' and say it's about saving the planet. But is this the whole story?
Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar’s legal team at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
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A case brought by the Gambia claims that Myanmar's military committed genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is a master of staying on topic.
The point of an argument can become lost when debating climate change. Greta Thunberg show us how to stay on-topic.
Those facing large price increases might drop or downgrade their cover.
In April, private health insurance premiums will increase by an average of 2.92%. It's the lowest rise in 19 years but still much higher than wages growth. And insurers still make a healthy profit.