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Young activists rallying in Paris before the landmark 2015 climate summit.
This weekend sees a major youth climate rally in Washington DC. But do young people really hold the key to overcoming climate inaction, or are we wrong to put our faith in their ability to drive change?
The fashion advice is generally to tighten ties so they’re tight but not too tight.
Wearing a tie that causes slight discomfort can reduce blood flow to the brain by 7.5%, but the reduction is unlikely to cause any physical symptoms, which generally begin at a reduction of 10%.
Centre Alliance candidate Rebekha Sharkie is polling strongly ahead of next weekend’s byelection in the South Australian seat of Mayo.
With just over a week until the Super Saturday byelections, there is great interest in each of the five seats in play, including Mayo in South Australia.
Almost four in 10 millennials spend more time on their smartphones than they do engaging with people in real life.
Mavis Wong/The Conversation
As we all become mini publishers, we are losing the interactivity that fosters meaningful and healthy social interaction.
Despite a huge increase in employment, the unemployment rate is unchanged.
A big increase in employment but the unemployment is flat. Addressing this will be a challenge as all our options have downsides.
Lawyer Bernard Collaery, who will be prosecuted along with his client, known as Witness K, for exposing Australia’s spying on Timor-Leste.
Targeting Witness K and his lawyer in the Timor-Leste bugging case shows a government increasingly hostile to the media.
Even a small cloud can weigh as much as four tonnes – but gravity, chemistry and temperature keep them floating in the sky.
Zoey Deutch in the film Vampire Academy (2014).
Angry Films, Kintop Pictures, Preger Entertainment
Gothic fiction has become the ideal genre for exploring the grotesque, frightening aspects of coming of age. And disruptive girls with supernatural powers have replaced the passive heroines of old.
Glucosamine for osteoarthritis is one of the most commonly used complementary medicines in the western world.
There is evidence glucosamine can provide relief in osteoarthritis patients, but not enough to support its use as a preventative.
Is the sun setting fast enough on coal-fired power?
Australia needs to accelerate its transition to clean energy, and not prolong the use of high-polluting, coal-fired infrastructure. Otherwise it risks missing out on an economic windfall.
A parking attendant strolls through a rooftop car park in Melbourne.
There are thousands of empty parking spots in cities. So what can we do to make better use of this space?
Encouraging students to study science and maths at university is only one step in a complex pipeline that turns out specialist teachers.
Recruiting specialist teachers takes more than just encouraging them to study science and maths at university. Governments and wider society needs to come on board too.
Treasurer Scott Morrison may be happy with a budget in balance by 2019-20, but the rising burden on individual taxpayers is a worry.
Personal income taxpayers are shouldering more of the burden, while less revenue is coming from taxes on companies, capital and consumption. Only major reforms will change these sustained trends.
Liberal candidate Georgina Downer, Greens candidate Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner, Centre Alliance candidate Rebekha Sharkie and Labor candidate Reg Coutts at the Mayo candidates forum.
It's very hard for a crossbencher to get into the House of Representatives. But when they do, these small players can be difficult to blast out.
Police at the scene in Ellenbrook, Western Australia, where the bodies of a mother and her two children were found. Her 19-year-old son has since been charged with their murder.
The murder of a parent by their child, known as parricide, is a relatively uncommon form of family violence. We need to know much more about it to better understand and prevent it.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but plastic straws are ruining the ocean.
Fans celebrate watching the World Cup on TV as France beat Croatia 4-2.
Fans have shown they're willing to watch major sporting events on devices other than traditional TVs, but the technology is letting them down.
Hobart’s Mount Wellington is now also known by its palawa kani name, kunanyi.
Tasmania's Aboriginal languages were decimated during the state's colonial violence. But members of the original community have reconstructed a language, palawa kani, which is now being used more widely.
After a long industrial campaign, Amazon workers in Italy have persuaded their employer to reach an agreement with them.
Tech companies overseas are signing collective agreements with their employees. Might Australia be next?