What is it that makes Venus a hottie? Is it her hip-to-waist ratio, or just her slenderness?
"The Birth of Venus", Sandro Boticelli c1486.
Is there an ideal body shape that is universally attractive? A recent study shows that beauty is more complex, and diverse, than that.
Facilities like the Australian Synchrotron are relied upon by scientists across the country, and could shut down if research infrastructure funding is withheld by the government.
Cutting vital research infrastructure funding because the higher education reforms are stuck in the senate could end up costing the country dearly.
These days anyone can download the tools used for cyber crime.
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Hacking is a state of mind. Traditionally, hackers like to discover, understand and share the secrets they expose. They like to laugh at the dumb things they find. They’re not necessarily in it for the…
Is mass data retention the way to go or should authorities be forced to come back with a warrant to find what they want?
As the Australian government pushes on with its data retention bill there are still questions about what safeguards and protections are in place, and a look at similar moves that have failed overseas.
The Murchison Widefiled Array might not look like traditional infrastructure, but it’s just as essential to scientific research.
The government is holding crucial science infrastructure funding hostage until its higher education reforms are passed by the senate.
Male enigma moth, a new species discovered on Kangaroo Island.
Amateurs and experts worked together to unravel the mystery of a new moth, the first discovery of its kind in 40 years.
Australia has a wealth of great science communicators, such as Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. But we need even more.
There is a wealth of science communication going on, but it's still not enough.
Aboriginal stories dating back many thousands of years talk of a fire from the sky in an area now home to the Henbury meteorite craters, in the Northern Territory.
We can learn much about meteor strikes in ancient Australia by examining the oral traditions of indigenous people.
Science is under attack but we must defend it if we want to improve politics in Australia.
Our nation’s future depends on the quality of its thinking and its leaders. As such, science must be at the core of our national discourse.
The metadata report disregards a range of reports demonstrating that retention is ineffective.
The endorsement of Australia's data retention bill raises questions about why the reforms are being pushed now, when they had been resisted by others for so long.
The language about metadata is often contradictory.
We should be wary of those who describe metadata as being both benign and powerful at the same time.
Thorium has its advantages over uranium nuclear power, but is it right for Australia?
Thorium has several advantages over uranium nuclear power, but it also has its drawbacks. However, the question remains whether it would be the right technology should Australia choose to go nuclear.
Footage of published by Islamic State of militants destroying artefacts in a museum in Mosul, Iraq.
Social media is making it easier for extremists to recruit individuals to commit cultural attacks.
There are still unanswered questions about the government’s proposed metadata retention bill.
What the experts think of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security's report on the proposed metadata retention laws.
Reddit is working to ensure the only nude images that appear on its site have the consent of the subject.
Reddit's new policy to remove unsolicited nude photos is a step in the right direction to prevent celebrity nude photos and revenge porn from appearing on its site.
What words appear most frequently in successful research grant applications? And how have they changed over the years?
A look at how grant applications to Australia's two largest science funding bodies have changed over the years.
Dedicated spaces where young “aspies” can gather and use technology are helping them to socialise.
Technology is often maligned as being a negative influence on young people. But technology can help children on the autism spectrum to engage and socialise with others.
Imagine a machine that can learn things from scratch, no pre-programmed rules. What could it do?
Tech companies are investing big in artificial intelligence research that allows machines to learn things from scratch, with no pre-programmed rules. So what's the potential for this new technology?
A screenshot from one of the most popular science channels on YouTube – but what makes these videos so popular?
Everyone's looking for an audience for their videos on YouTube, and there are plenty of science videos out there. But not all are popular so what makes one more interesting than another?
A 3D artist has dissected the LHC in this composite image, showing a cut-out section of a superconducting dipole magnet. The beam pipes are represented as clear tubes, with counter-rotating proton beams shown in red and blue.
The Large Hadron Collider is ramping up to probe even deeper into the fundamental constituents of matter.
What if we had a pill that nullified some of the negative effects of alcohol and helped alcoholics drink less?
Imagine a pill that nullified some of the nasty effects of alcohol. A new study looking at oxytocin suggests such a pill might be possible.
Who is Doug talking to, and will Australia’s proposed metadata retention scheme be able to find out?
The Australian government's meta data retention bill cares more about who you connect with than what services you may use. Yet many such online services may also be out of its reach.
There are countless bacteria living in the soil. Any one could yield a medical breakthrough or a new antibiotic.
The next generation of antibiotics and pharmaceuticals could come from the bacteria living in the soil.
Surging tides from Cyclone Marcia hit Main Beach in Yeppoon, Queensland, with the storm packing wind gusts close to 300 kilometres an hour.
AAP Image/Karin Calvert
Emergency services are using social media to help spread warnings as two tropical cyclones batter Australia. It can also help them with relief efforts once the worst of the severe weather has passed.
The Human Genome Project was just the beginning. The Epigenome Roadmap is now telling us how all these genes switch on and off in different parts of the body, and how they go wrong with disease.
There's still a lot we don't know about how various genes are switched on and off. But a new project is seeking to shed light on the complex world of epigenetics.