Pause and reflect on what really makes wilderness valuable.
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Imagine being one of the last few people alive. Would that make it ok to destroy the natural world? This thought experiment reveals the true value of nature, beyond the benefits to humans.
Young Australians are drinking less and less. But why?
While young people are drinking less alcohol, older Australians are binge drinking more often – what's going on?
After a year in office, Donald Trump has done many things, but has not made America great again.
The 12 months since Donald Trump unexpectedly took office have proffered constant shocks to the system in which the occupants of the White House remind us they are not playing by the rules.
Desire, behaviour and identity are distinct, and do not always overlap.
'LGBTIQA+' is a term often employed to be inclusive – but it runs the risk of being so inclusive it loses all meaning.
With so many global flashpoints, and so little diplomacy, 2018 could be a turbulent year.
From an Australian perspective, shifting power in the Indo-Pacific will be of primary importance in 2018 and beyond.
Mungkin ada lebih dari satu “gen gay” yang berkontribusi terhadap selera seksual seseorang.
Bagi seorang ahli genetika evolusi, gagasan bahwa susunan genetika seseorang mempengaruhi preferensi pasangannya tidaklah mengejutkan.
We know running is better for you than lounging but how might it affect our lifespan?
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Humans are much worse at guessing risk than we think we are. Now there is an app designed to help us avoid rushing toward an early grave.
Studies of twins let us see the contributions that genes, upbringing and culture make to behaviour.
Evolution has shaped gender differences, but we don't have to be bound to this history. We are not mindless automata, doomed to slavishly oblige our instincts and impulses.
In light of the church’s catastrophic failures of care, documented in this report, its survival as a public institution is dependent on responding adequately to this historic commission.
The commission's final report revealed the staggering scale and nature of abuse uncovered in Catholic institutions.
One of the worst examples of identity politics came from Malcolm Turnbull on Monday’s Q&A program.
Conservatives are often critical of 'identity politics' for silencing dissenting views. But on ABC's Q&A on Monday night Malcolm Turnbull presented a very narrow vision of national identity.
Supporters of the ‘yes’ vote celebrate the result at a street party outside the Victorian Trades Hall in Melbourne.
Same-sex marriage has passed the Senate to much fanfare and celebration. But will its passage change the way we think about human rights and democracy in Australia?
Bycatch: penguins can easily drown in nets designed to ensnare fish.
NZ Ministry of Fisheries
Penguins in New Zealand, Australia and elsewhere face an uncertain future as a new review documents the number accidentally ensnared in fishing nets.
Labor’s Sam Dastyari has been sacked from his position as deputy Senate whip for his poor judgement.
The Sam Dastyari episode underscores the need for clear-cut rules to prevent those with links to foreign governments from using money to influence the political process.
China’s rise in power has changed Australia’s foreign policy outlook.
Australia's foreign policy white paper acknowledges a disrupted global security environment in which power relationships are shifting.
The view from Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, where Australian immigrants were detained. They renamed it “Devil’s Island”.
In 1921 the US imposed strict immigration quotas on Australians and detained the excess arrivals in terrible conditions. Contrast this with today's treatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru.
It is conceivable that ‘no’ campaigners never believed their views would prevail in public opinion.
Churches have been exempt from sex discrimination laws for years – now those opposed to same-sex marriage want that exemption to be extended to individuals.
Australia’s Trade Minister Steven Ciobo speaking after a meeting for the Trans Pacific Partnership in Vietnam.
Many provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership have been suspended after the United States pulled out. But there's still much to debate about the regional free trade agreement.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (front left) joins other world leaders for the APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam.
At APEC 2017, the region’s two biggest powers presented clearly different visions of the region’s economic future.
Protecting the patents of expensive medicines for longer would affect low-income countries.
Negotiators from 11 countries have been racing to resurrect the near-dead Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit this weekend.
From an Australian perspective, Donald’s Trump Asian tour could hardly be more important.
Expectations for Trump’s engagement with the region may be low, but the same could not be said for the stakes at a time of considerable uncertainty and risk.