When the H3N2 strain dominates, we see bigger flu seasons and cases affecting the elderly more than the young.
By mid-August, the 2017 year had recorded more flu notifications across Australia than the previous five years. So why is the flu season so bad this time around?
Migrating humpback whales avoid loud, nearby sounds.
Humpback whales are deterred from their migration routes by the noise of air guns used to survey the ocean floor for oil and gas deposits, a new study has found.
The Peutinger Table. Reproduction by Conradi Millieri - Ulrich Harsch Bibliotheca Augustana.
Today the phrase 'all roads leads to Rome' means that there's more than one way to reach the same goal. But in Ancient Rome, all roads really did lead to the eternal city, which was at the centre of a vast road network.
Respect the people in any same-sex marriage debate, but you don’t have to respect their views.
Your ideas are not immune to criticism just because you express them with sincerity: people are worthy of respect, ideas are not.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is one of five MPs caught out in the ban in dual citizens holding seats.
The High Court ruling over the five MPs' legitimacy to hold seats may hang on whether they took reasonable steps to renounce their non-Australian citizenships.
Research shows government payments are effective in reducing some of the inequality produced by factors beyond a person’s control.
Inequality of opportunities accounts for roughly 8% of income inequality in Australia.
Part of the new map of dark matter made from gravitational lensing measurements of 26 million galaxies in the Dark Energy Survey.
Chihway Chang/University of Chicago/DES collaboration
We still can't see the dark matter thought to make up about a quarter of the universe, but at least now we have a map of its structure.
How can you justify your knowledge? Epistemology has a few answers.
It's not what you think you know, but how you can justify your knowledge that is most important.
Sitting affects our glucose levels, which affects our brain.
The brain is a glucose-hungry organ. If this energy supply is disrupted, it can impair and even damage brain cells.
Our blood flows through our every organ and gives us life. So problems can have wide-ranging consequences.
An overview of the most common problems in our blood: bleeding disorders, clotting disorders and cancer.
To conserve Earth’s remarkable species, such as the violet sabrewing, we must also defend the importance of science.
To conserve Earth's remarkable species, we must also defend the importance of science and scientific integrity.
Extreme weather and conflict have a particularly accute impact on female farmers in the Philippines.
Conflict and poverty further deepen the impacts of climate change, resulting widening income inequality between women and men.
We need to look at batteries in-action to understand them better.
Emerging industries, from energy storage to electric cars, will need longer lasting batteries. Watching batteries in action will help us build them.
The Madjedbebe excavation in the Northern Territory.
Dominic O Brien/Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation
A new study pushes back the first known evidence of human activity in Australia – to 65,000 years ago.
The fact is that romance will kindle at work, but there are things employers and employees can and should do to manage these situations.
Faced with the reality that romance will kindle at work, here are some things employers and employees can do to manage these situations.
Will AI take over the world or lead to a bright future for humanity?
Shutterstock/PHOTOCREO Michal Bednarek
Not everyone agrees on how artificial intelligence will change the way we live. But it's not all doom and gloom either.
There is little evidence that training alone reduces the propensity for over-service of alcohol.
Responsible Service of Alcohol laws should be coupled with public discussion that encourages people to take responsible for their own drinking behaviour.
Falcon 9 launch in March 2017.
In the current commercial space race, the idea of reusing rockets is gaining momentum.
Australia might have been ‘built on the sheep’s back’ but we can’t eat off it.
Australia feeds tens of millions, at home and abroad. But if our population doubles by 2061, as some projections suggest, we'll need some smart strategies to keep those people fed.
Just as organisms that infect us make changes in us - we too make changes in them and they grow and adapt to their human hosts.
Humans play host to many little passengers. Right now, you’re incubating, shedding or have already been colonised by viral, bacterial, parasitic or fungal microorganisms - perhaps even all of them.