These peatlands burned in Kampar, Riau, Indonesia, on July 24, 2017. Rony Muharrman/Antara Foto via Reuters

Environment

More research needed for responsible peatland management in Indonesia

A balanced research program should focus on good and rational peat management efforts that minimise environmental impacts, and on water regulation that reduces the risk of fire.
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When should you unfriend someone on Facebook?

The combination of a divisive political climate and widespread use of social media networks to share controversial material has many people asking this question. Here's what Aristotle would say.
Rather than there being a single ‘gay gene’, there may be many which contribute to sexual preference. Sasha Kargaltsev/Flickr

Science

Born this way? An evolutionary view of ‘gay genes’

The claim that homosexual men share a “gay gene” created a furore in the 1990s. But new research two decades on supports this claim – and adds another candidate gene. To an evolutionary geneticist, the…
The 13th anniversary of the tsunami presents an opportunity to reflect on the changes in Acehnese gender relations. Reuters/Damir Sagolj

Aceh tsunami

The post-tsunami paradox of female empowerment in Aceh

Post-tsunami the position of women in Acehnese society has in many ways changed and, arguably, worsened compared to their historically high status.
If you want your New Year’s resolutions to last longer than the party, you need to create new habits. But how? from www.shutterstock.com

New Year

A behaviourist’s guide to New Year’s resolutions

If you want to stick to your New Year's resolutions, a behaviourist's approach might help you create and keep new, healthy habits.
Digging in Traders Cave in the iconic Niah Caves archaeological complex. Darren Curnoe excavates while Roshan Peiris observes. (Photo: Mhd. S. Sauffi/Darren Curnoe) Author provided

Genus Homo

We found evidence of early humans in the jungles of Borneo

From the tropics of Borneo, Darren Curnoe posted a daily diary sharing his team's dig to explore ancient cemeteries. Through two metres of clay, human bones and tools were discovered.

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