US Senator Elizabeth Warren recently released the results of a DNA test to support her claim to Native American ancestry.
The question of whether a person can "become" Aboriginal after discovering ancestry through a DNA test is more complicated in Australia.
The internet is everywhere, except in the economic growth figures.
The internet has always been just about to deliver an enormous spurt of economic growth or productivity growth A new meta-analysis of 59 econometric studies finds it is yet to do so.
The dingo, Australia’s largest mammalian carnivore, has a broad diet that varies across the continent.
A survey of 32,000 samples of dingo droppings and stomach contents reveal that this predator's appetite is as wide-ranging as Australia's landscapes. But medium and large mammals are top of the menu.
The entrenched practice of retail superfunds using superannuation trust funds as profit-making enterprises undermines the integrity of the whole superannuation sector.
We rightly expect trustees of superannuation funds to do their jobs. Much stronger behavioural controls and civil penalties are needed to ensure they do.
Jean-Baptiste Belley, Deputy of Saint-Domingue and French National Convention member (1793-97) with a bust of Abbé Raynal.
Some today declare that "Western civilisation" is something we should all be simply “for”. But the enlightenment, central to this civilisation, shows how things are rarely so simple.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced he will amend laws that allow schools to expel gay students.
Public opinion polls and a survey of Australian youth show there's little support for allowing schools to hire or fire teachers based on their sexual orientation.
Rewarding a child with ice cream for eating vegetables teaches a child certain things about vegetables, ice cream, and behaviour.
Five out of five experts said we shouldn't reward kids with food. But for very different reasons.
The advent of the internet has changed how politics and the media influence each other - and not always in a good way.
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Guardian Australia’s Katharine Murphy and former MP David Feeney on the digital disruption of media and politics.
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Today on the podcast we're talking filter bubbles, fake news, opinion vs fact. Media Files asks two experts how the media and politics influence each other - and why that's causing concern.
The Deakin study found that too few of the stories about minority communities incorporated a viewpoint from that community.
New research shows mainstream media outlets are failing to report issues of cultural diversity with enough breadth and depth.
Romy Vager performs during the concert at Melbourne’s State Theatre on Saturday night.
Some of Australia's finest songwriters joined members of the Go-Betweens to mark the 30th anniversary of a seminal album.
Nick Cave performing with The Bad Seeds in Budapest in June. His song lyrics, with those often melancholy, churchy organ chords, are dripping in references to what might be called sacredness.
The enquiry into sacredness is not over, it’s just beginning for the 21st century, and in wildly disparate modes and places. In music, Nick Cave, Hozier and Dr G. Yunupingu have led the way.
Aung Sun Suu Kyi is now seen as an enabler of ethnic cleansing and genocide.
Facing increasing international pressure, Myanmar's one-time star leader is running out of time to show leadership on human rights and the Rohingya crisis.
Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzea.
By standing in the way of the UN, Russia has chosen a shameful path.
L'indice de masse corporelle prend en compte votre poids et votre taille, et c'est tout.
Qui n’a jamais calculé son indice de masse corporelle, afin de savoir si son poids était gage de bonne santé ? Cet indicateur est pourtant loin d’être aussi pertinent qu’il est populaire…
Livestock guardian dog breeds, such as Maremma, are often raised with and trained to consider themselves part of a livestock herd and so protect their herd from threats.
All three of the methods found to be most effective at protecting livestock do not involve killing carnivores.
Detail from Father of the Innocents, from the series, Mandela A Life’s Journey, by John Meyer.
The desire to eulogise, as often appears to be the case in this exhibition, does not allow space for questions that might allow for a fuller explication of the nature of Mandela’s legacy and its relevance beyond South Africa.
Former ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie looking toward a different future earlier this year at the ABC’s first Annual Public Meeting.
ABC boss Michelle Guthrie sacked, but the board won’t say why.
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ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie was sacked today, despite being less than halfway through her five-year term. The major question is: why? Today on the podcast, we explore the possibilities.
Funding boosts to private schools will not necessarily result in lower fees.
Increased funding to Catholic schools won't necessarily make them more accessible for low-income families.
Xanthorrhoea have no real trunk – just tightly packed leaves.
Grass trees are wonderfully odd. They fit no neat definition, and can live up to 600 years.
Serena Williams and Brian Earley at the US Open Grand Slam, 2018.
On the Serena Williams cartoon – and how the UK phone hacking scandal led to a media crackdown in South Africa.
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The news of Mark Knight's Serena Williams cartoon broke while we were at a conference in South Africa. We showed it to some local academics to gauge their reactions. And journalist and researcher Glenda Daniels explains how the African National Congress government reacted to the UK phone hacking scandal.