When dog owners meet, it helps build a safe and connected community.
A study of Australian and US cities has demonstrated that pet ownership strengthens people's connections with their neighbours.
Nearly three-quarters of Australians go to live art events, such as Dark Mofo in Hobart.
New survey from the Australia Council shows pretty much all Australians engage with the arts, and 8-in-10 do so online. However more people are ambivalent about public arts funding, and more people think the arts are too expensive.
‘Tropics’ may conjure images of sun-kissed islands, but the expanding tropical zone could bring drought and cyclones further south.
The global tropical climate zone is expanding. At the current rate, by 2100 its edge will stretch from Sydney to Perth.
Mud oysters played a largely unappreciated part in Australia’s history.
In colonial times Australia's waters were teeming with mud oysters that provided food, cement, and cleaned the oceans. Now a 20-hectare man-made reef aims to restore some of their former glory.
Children living in the most disadvantaged areas will average half the NAPLAN scores in reading, writing and numeracy tests than those living in the least disadvantaged areas.
The gap between the most and least advantaged areas in Australia is reflected in educational inequality.
Male victims are most likely to be killed by somebody they know – usually a friend or acquaintance.
Even though males represent around half the population, they account for about two-thirds of Australian homicide victims.
Chinese authorities are cracking down on new media.
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Like regulators elsewhere, Chinese authorities are unlikely to keep up with new forms of online media.
Culturally biased psychology research and the advice based on it ends up in textbooks. But it’s not appropriate for everyone.
Most psychology research that forms the basis of parenting advice might not apply to you. So, how do you know whether to trust it?
The edges of your lost tooth are sharp because when the root of the baby tooth is being eaten away, it tends to start from the middle of the root. That leaves a sharp edge behind when the tooth breaks off.
Nicholas, aged 6, was watching TV one day when his tooth fell out. He noticed that the bottom edge of the tooth was very spiky. Now he wants to know why.
Slow but steady decline in home ownership continues as 23.6% of all Australian households now rent privately.
The latest 2016 Census data assesses what the national home ownership and rental rates are and how these vary location. It also gives us a picture of mortgage and rental costs.
Much of the change in partnering in Australia has been in response to changing legal and social norms.
There has been a decrease in the proportion of Australians who are married, and an increase in co-habitation of both heterosexual and same-sex relationships.
The 2016 Census showed major changes in the ranking order of religious groups in Australia.
The changing pattern of the diversity of religious identities is one indicator of a society’s degree of multicultural composition. On this measure, Australia is among the most diverse.
The RBA found Australians are increasingly using cards instead of cash for in-person payments.
ATMs will need to evolve to remain relevant, perhaps taking on other services entirely.
Retirement village contracts are too complex for even some financial advisers.
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While retirement villages aren't regulated like an insurance company, their contracts are essentially insurance policies. This puts the risk on retirees.
Researchers have found Australia’s first confirmed case of tularemia in a ringtail possum.
Tularemia is an animal disease that can be transmitted to humans. While it can be fatal, it is rare in Australia and can be treated with antibiotics.
The ABS estimates that as of December 2016, the Australian population was around 24.4 million.
The 2016 Census reveals that Australia is becoming much more diverse – in terms of language, country of birth, Indigenous status, and religion.
The new map was created using data from rocks found in locations including Madagascar.
You would not recognise Earth if you saw it 500 million years ago - the lands, oceans, climate and life were all very different. Scientists now have a new map of the deep history of Earth.
A healthy body comes in many shapes.
The Body Mass Index is used to assess the risk of lifestyle diseases, but the relationship between BMI and chronic illnesses remains far from simple.
Financial, social, and cultural factors influence the decision for Indigenous students to go to university.
We need to shift the focus of equity programs to nurturing the already strong aspirations Indigenous children have from primary school.
Pokie losses in Australia’s pubs and clubs increased fourfold between 1990 and 2000.
While fewer people are gambling on the pokies, the amount of money lost per gambler has remained relatively constant over time.
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Today we're excited to announce the launch of The Conversation's sixth international edition.
Pharmacies are trusted medical professionals, so people trust their products.
A review has recommended separating pharmacists from complementary and homeopathic products.
Public housing tenants are much more likely than renters in other sectors to struggle to get repair and maintenance done.
Grenfell Tower residents tragically got the world's attention only after a disastrous fire. So what would public housing residents in Australia say about their living conditions?
Independent beer producers more than doubled in number between 2004 and 2009.
Micro-brewers are increasing in Australia, which is surprising given the unfair excises and rebates they face.
A collage of biological data visualisations.
Image from C. Stolte, B.F. Baldi, S.I. O'Donoghue, C. Hammang, D.K.G. Ma, and G.T. Johnson
The daunting complexity of biological data requires tailored visualisation tools to reveal buried insights.