G20 members have been imposing new barriers to trade.
Tariffs have been falling in recent years but countries are imposing other barriers to trade, affecting Australian consumers and businesses.
Dozens of reefs around the world have bleached in the past three years, of which the Great Barrier Reef was merely the most high-profile.
AAP Image/WWF AUSTRALIA, BIOPIXEL
Amid fears for the world's coral reefs, the UN World Heritage Committee has issued its most wide-ranging statement so far on protecting heritage sites from climate. But the problem doesn't end there.
Calendar apps can be useful to people with and without memory problems.
Some people worry that calendar, list and note apps can make your memory worse, but new evidence shows they're helpful for people with brain injuries.
Watch out! The gingerbread zombies are coming!
James, aged 8, of Sydney wants to know: are zombies real?
Young adult literature is starting to explore death in depth.
Death used to happen off the page in kids' books, but not anymore. They kill each other in The Hunger Games, and 13 Reasons Why graphically describes the impact of teen suicide.
Our study suggests setting targets for antibiotic prescribing is the next step to curb their overuse.
A study that shows GPs are prescribing about five million too many antibiotic scripts a year means we have to take a radical new approach to reducing use of these drugs.
Increasing access to health data and more readily available analytical tools offer some opportunities to tackle the ever-growing rates of obesity.
Enshrining the need for planning healthy built environments in legislation will help ensure the fundamental role planners have to play in facilitating healthy lifestyles.
Donald Horne saw Australia as a country that had got lucky, but was squandering its luck.
Donald Horne saw Australia as a lucky country that was squandering its luck. His bold ideas captured the nation's imagination. But being a public intellectual is no longer easy. Who will come up with the next grand ideas?
Fat stigma harms the health and wellbeing of fat people.
Evidence shows fat-shaming health campaigns have little effect on promoting healthy lifestyles and weight loss among fat people.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced plans to build the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery in South Australia.
AAP Image/Ben Macmahon
Tesla's new battery will be big enough to power thousands of homes, but it's likely to be just the first of many such installations.
An epidemic of Group B meningococcal disease in New Zealand prompted the development of a vaccine, which also provides moderate protection against gonorrhoea.
As the WHO calls for urgency to address antibiotic resistance in gonorrhoea, new research shows that a vaccine developed against an unrelated disease offers protection.
Our national wellbeing probably peaked with Australia’s population at roughly 15 million in the 1970s, when this photo was taken in Hunters Hill, Sydney.
Australia's GPI, a broad measure of national wellbeing, has stalled since 1974. So what has been the point of huge population and GDP growth since then if we and our environment are no better off?
It’s the ability of our immune system to remember past infections, and pass this memory on to our kids, that allows us to survive infectious diseases.
With so many microbes capable of hijacking and destroying us, how are we, as a species, still enduring?
Tokyo, seen here from the Skytree tower, is home to more people than any other city on Earth but has managed to remain highly liveable.
Tokyo has experienced extraordinary population growth but is among the world's most liveable cities. Just how has it managed the pressures of growth?
Ask your child what their toys did while they were out today or invite them to help you read the mail.
Supporting early childhood literacy is not just about reading to your child. Research has found there are many and varied ways to increase literacy in early learning.
International migrants are key contributors to the unskilled workforce.
Regional settlement of migrants benefits both new arrivals and local communities.
We don’t know what the car of the future will look like – but that’s no excuse to delay transport reform.
Australia needs to 'embrace uncertainty' on the future of transport, with flexible, holistically focused policy.
So-called “unconventional” deposits of oil and gas are found in shale, a type of layered, fine grained rock.
Gas buried in the Northern Territory's Velkerri Shale was produced in a "slime world" that existed nearly a billion years before the first complex life on Earth evolved.
Detail of Jim Dine,
The mighty robe I, 1985.
Colour lithograph with relief printing from polymer plates,
61.3 x 50.7 cm (image and plate), 89.2 x 63.4 cm (sheet)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Gift of the artist, 2016, 2016.806, © Jim Din
Jim Dine and other pop artists like Andy Warhol took everyday things and transformed them into magical objects. In his prints a robe could become a self-portrait, a president, or a hero.
Lee Rhiannon and every other federal Greens MP have the right to dissent on matters of policy.
For all concerned, the imbroglio surrounding Lee Rhiannon and her Greens colleagues turns on a fundamental disagreement over process and principle.
Beyond the gender wage gap there is a problem of persistent underemployment.
Focusing on the gender wage gap means we don't address increasing insecure work. Women face both higher unemployment and underemployment rates than men.
Researchers are looking at technology for ways to manage mood.
Some technologies can be used to manipulate mood. Drug research offers insights into their possible impact.
Edward Jenner, who pioneered vaccination, and two colleagues (right) seeing off three anti-vaccination opponents, with the dead lying at their feet (1808).
I Cruikshank/Wellcome Images/Wikimedia Commons
Some people have objected to childhood vaccination since it was introduced in the late 1700s. And their reasons sound remarkably familiar to those of anti-vaxxers today.
Muslim women were particular targets of abuse.
A new report finds that Islamophobia is prevalent in Australia – to ignore it would only entrench the problem more deeply.
In North Korea’s eyes, its nuclear program is the only guarantee of regime survival.
While some countries were taking a major step toward the elimination of nuclear weapons, the US and its allies were focusing on ineffective, counter-productive sanctions against North Korea.