A man experiences a virtual reality bike ride in a display at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur.
Representatives of nations around the world have come together to discuss how to achieve the New Urban Agenda. Collective political will is needed, but the Australian government didn't show up.
The New Payments Platform could lead to more fraud and abuse.
The New Payment Platform may speed up transactions, but evidence suggests it could also lead to more scams and fraud, and many customers won't switch over.
There are many ways the not-for-profit GLAM sector - public galleries, libraries, archives and museums - could be protected from potential copyright damages claims.
Australia's plan to extend ISP 'safe harbour' copyright immunities to cultural institutions avoids more nuanced thinking about the nature and social value of culture, art and education.
Biological age calculators are a crude measurement but can be a wake-up call to improve our lifestyle.
Four in five of us have a "biological" age older than our real age, which means we have at least one risk factor that is higher than the number set as “normal”.
Today’s sharks are known to use electroreception to find their prey.
Many living vertebrates have the ability to detect electric fields, especially in other animals when hunting. But what can the fossil record tell us about the origins of this sensory system?
What makes the mogul discipline distinctive is that it is both a judged event and a timed event.
Matt Graham’s silver medal in mogul skiing is the third time an Australian has won a medal in the event at a Winter Olympics.
More than 40 years ago professor Ronald Henderson floated the idea of a guaranteed minimum income.
We increasingly celebrate entrepreneurial self-reliance, but for disadvantaged people, the certainty of an adequate income is a fundamental foundation. It may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.
Tasmanians experience some of the poorest health outcomes in the country.
The Jacqui Lambie Network plan is short on detail and unlikely to improve the health system or outcomes for Tasmanians over the longer term.
Frenzy and focus in the women’s Snowboard Cross final at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
Hurtling at 50 km per hour over vertical drops, rolls and turning banks – that's snowboard cross and ski-cross. If they make a good start, seven Australians are in with a medal chance in Pyeongchang.
Fresco showing a woman called Sappho holding writing implements from Pompeii Naples National Archaeological Museum.
Sappho sang of desire, passion and love – mostly directed towards women. As new fragments of her work are found, a fuller picture of her is emerging, but she remains the most mysterious of ancient poets.
Nurses who care for people in the city can’t afford a property anywhere near their place of work.
People on moderate incomes, including police and emergency workers, have been forced to seek housing on the city fringes, far from their places of work. But there are ways to reverse this trend.
The road to same-sex marriage within churches is likely to be a long one indeed.
Even though more than half of Australia's Christians are in favour of marriage equality, churches have been slow to allow it – here's why.
Politics Podcast: Brian Howe on Revisiting Henderson, Poverty and Basic Income.
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Brian Howe says the targeted nature of Australia's social security system goes hand-in-hand with stigmatising welfare recipients.
The Closing the Gap targets miss out on other aspects of economic well-being.
Australia is on track to meet its 'Closing the Gap' employment target, but more than a decade late.
Former senators Scott Ludlam, Nick Xenophon and Sam Dastyari announce the public interest journalism inquiry in May 2017.
The recommendations of the Senate inquiry into the future of public interest journalism are unlikely to get much traction, but the very real issues it was investigating remain unresolved.
No, being thin doesn’t mean you can live off junk food.
Most people assume the only reason to eat healthy foods is to stay slim. But being slim doesn't mean you're healthy, and doesn't mean it's OK to eat junk.
The global market for predictive analytics is growing.
Business managers often rely on predictive algorithms to make recruiting decisions that affect a company's bottom line. But these kinds of algorithms aren't really "predictive" at all.
The targets relating to Year 12 attainment, preschool enrolment, and childhood mortality are on track to be closed, according to the 2018 Closing the Gap report.
Care needs to be taken in interpreting progress on closing the gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and ascribing it to actual policy change.
Water treatment plants can’t afford not to think about electricity too.
Cities all over the world are facing growing challenges to provide clean, reliable water. And many of the fixes, such as desalination plants, have a huge carbon footprint.
Sporting events like the Winter Olympics are one of TV’s most valuable products.
Olympics have often provided the impetus for large-scale broadcasting innovations, such as when TV was introduced in Australia to broadcast the 1956 Games.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull leaving during the Closing the Gap breakfast last week.
The failed and continually failing political leadership on respect, relationships and reconciliation sets the quality of current and future education back for all Australians.
While death rates from heart and kidney disease have dropped among Indigenous people, death rates from cancer are on the rise.
Politicians make sweeping statements on how to close the gap. But here's advice from people working directly with Indigenous communities who have evidence for what actually works.
For Australian school kids to get the most benefit out of school funding reforms, the Commonwealth government must take a hands-off approach.
The shift in the education debate from "how much" to "how best" is a welcome change, but for students to feel the full benefit the federal government must resist intervening.
Science Meets Parliament offers scientists a rare glimpse inside Australia’s parliamentary system.
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Starting February 14, the Science Meets Parliament event brings clear benefits - but there's a case to be made for an ongoing effort in "Science Listens, Engages, and Collaborates with the Public."
Although it is very hot, when lava flows over the ground, it generally does not melt the soil or rock.
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The short answer is that while lava is hot, it's not hot enough to melt the rocks that make up the side of the volcano.