Canberra has asked for a national postal vote on marriage reform - could a sample survey be a better option?
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Australians will be asked to complete a voluntary, non-binding postal vote on marriage reform. Wouldn't it be easier - and cheaper - to do a sample survey instead?
Spain plays a relatively inconsequential role in the fight against Islamic State.
The location and targeting of Islamic State's latest attack, on the Spanish city of Barcelona, deviates from the group's previous efforts.
Could millennia of gendered environments prevent the development of genetic mechanisms for gender differences?
A stable environment that teaches men to be men and women to be women could be helping to enforce gender across generations.
Both Voyager spacecraft are only in communication with Earth via a Canberra tracking station.
The Voyager space probes sent back some amazing images of the planets in the outer Solar System, and they're still talking to Earth every day via Australia's tracking station.
When the H3N2 strain dominates, we see bigger flu seasons and cases affecting the elderly more than the young.
By mid-August, the 2017 year had recorded more flu notifications across Australia than the previous five years. So why is the flu season so bad this time around?
Unless we design research programs to look at why people would rather stay on country than receive effective health treatments, Aboriginal health may not improve.
Like all good health care, improving health in remote settings requires an evidence base. But forcing all research questions into the randomised controlled trial model is not the answer.
Dogs can reliably sniff out human blood, even after two years of environmental degradation.
Blood-detection dogs work paw in hand with scientists and Australia's police to solve crimes and missing persons cases.
Cory Bernardi’s views on same-sex marriage may be crude and ignorant, but the media are nonetheless obligated to report how he uses his power.
In the marriage equality debate as in any other, media outlets must balance the right to freedom of speech with the balance of evidence.
Joan of Arc depicted on horseback in an illustration from a 1505 manuscript.
Forget Wonder Woman and Batman. The Maid of Orléans - an uneducated, teenage girl who led armies to victory - is a hero for our times.
Adelaide’s aims in becoming a smart city include better traffic flows and highly co-ordinated transport networks.
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Smart city thinking makes good use of rapidly developing technology to help make cities work better, easier-to-navigate, safer, healthier and more enjoyable places to live.
Health campaigns to reduce obesity have been accused of fat shaming, so how can we address this health issue without making people feel bad about themselves?
Is pointing out the negative health effects of overweight and obesity "fat shaming"?
Employment rose in July, with 27,900 jobs created.
The Reserve Bank of Australia is stuck, according to the economic evidence, it has to raise rates but it also should cut.
Migrating humpback whales avoid loud, nearby sounds.
Humpback whales are deterred from their migration routes by the noise of air guns used to survey the ocean floor for oil and gas deposits, a new study has found.
With the eligibility of the Nationals’ leadership under question, Malcolm Turnbull has had a nightmarish week.
Malcolm Turnbull is an optimist, or so he always tells us, and he'll be looking at how things could all work out for the best in the best of worlds.
New York residents protest against AirBnB at a City Hall hearing into the impact of short-term rentals in 2015.
Dallas Rogers speaks with Nicole Gurran about the rise of AirBnb and what the limited data publicly available can tell us about how it's blurring the line between residential property and tourism.
Phone manufacturers, like the Dutch company Fairphone, require suppliers of raw materials used in their phones to improve employment conditions for their workers.
Businesses can use their purchasing power to change the actions of their suppliers and help to eradicate slavery - both in Australia and across the world.
If you tell a robot secrets, you might want to make sure it can forget them too.
Robots have a lot to learn from humans when it comes to memory.
The Robert E. Lee statue for which the ‘Unite the Right’ rally was organized to protest its removal in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The violence sparked by the removal of Confederate statues in the US shows the ideas that collect around historical monuments. Sometimes it's better to remove them; yet they can be an important way of remembering trauma.
The decision reveals the striking breadth of the government’s power to deal with asylum seekers and refugees in ways that directly contravene international law.
The Australian government had and has the power to do things necessary to establish and maintain its immigration detention facility on Manus Island, despite detention violating PNG law.
Some conditions should be classified as normal in some people and don’t need treatment.
Australian health-care organisations are urging action on treatments of people who don't need them.
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Today the phrase 'all roads leads to Rome' means that there's more than one way to reach the same goal. But in Ancient Rome, all roads really did lead to the eternal city, which was at the centre of a vast road network.
Donald Trump may not have been the 1%’s preferred candidate, but he embodied its message.
Making self-interest seem normal and a commitment to fairness an elite aberration has been a long-term project.
The relationship between drivers and cyclists is highly unequal, both physically and culturally.
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The primacy given to the car has shaped our cities, the roads that serve them and our very thinking about the place of driving in our lives. And it's a mindset that leaves cyclists highly vulnerable.
Respect the people in any same-sex marriage debate, but you don’t have to respect their views.
Your ideas are not immune to criticism just because you express them with sincerity: people are worthy of respect, ideas are not.
Phosphenes are an experience of seeing light without light entering your eye. Bionic eye recipients use these to map out a visual scene.
The artificial vision provided by a bionic eye is not like natural sight, and takes a lot of getting used to.