Housing is just one of the essentials in household budgets and it’s when there’s no way to manage all these costs that financial stress really sets in.
Housing affordability is one of Australia’s great unsolved problems. Some households can make adjustments to cover high housing costs, but the ones deprived of essentials are under real stress.
Sunset looking across Port Warrender to the Mitchell Plateau on the Kimberley coast. It is in Wunambal Gaambera country.
Mark Jones Films (with permission)
The first people to make it to Australia could have navigated their way by sea crossing, reaching the north-west coastline of the island continent more than 50,000 years ago.
Gambling via mobile devices or mobile games has remained largely unregulated in Australia.
The spread of video games from desktop PCs to the pockets of young people everywhere has brought new hazards – in the form of online social gambling.
Acupuncture might alleviate stress for women undertaking IVF.
A new study has countered old reports acupuncture can improve your chances of having a baby when going through IVF.
Advertisers may track a customer’s shopping preferences within a shopping centre by using ultrasonic beacons emitted from their mobile phones.
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Inaudible sounds are being used to transmit data from our devices. While not new technology, these ultrasonic beacons may be in breach of laws regarding surveillance devices.
Pick a head, any head!
'Mini brains' can be grown in the lab, and brains of decapitated pigs were recently 'kept alive' for a day and a half. But what makes a conscious brain?
Image faite par la superposition de deux images l’une obtenue par microscopie de fluorescence et l’autre par microscopie à balayage électronique montrant comment les îlots (fluorescents en vert) sont maintenus par les puits de notre boîte à œufs.
Les médecins savent transplanter les cellules du pancréas d’un donneur à leur patient, mais pas les transporter sans dommage. En Australie, une équipe vient d’inventer un contenant protecteur.
Screening and monitoring can catch precancerous cells before they turn into cancer.
A diagnosis of precancerous cells isn't a cause for panic, but it does mean you should keep a close eye on your health.
Queensland Alumina is a joint venture between Rio Tinto and Rusal.
Many contracts have been ended in cases of war or changes in the law. But government action making a contract more expensive does not mean it will be terminated.
Isolated pancreas cells stained bright green are shown sitting in the wells of the transport “egg carton”.
Doctors can treat diabetes by transplanting cells from the pancreas of a donor to the patient. But many of the crucial cells die - a better way to store and transport them can help.
Financial firms often program computers to contract with other parties in security trades.
Law presumes that commercial contracts are intended to be legally binding, even where computers play a part in the bargain.
Dogs don’t follow the rules on larger animals living longer.
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Dogs don't follow the rules on larger animals living longer. A 70kg Great Dane is lucky to reach seven years, but a 4kg Chihuahua can live for 10 years or more.
Responsiveness to lithium – the gold standard of bipolar treatment – runs in families.
Researchers are developing gene-based tests to better predict who will respond to different types of medication, and which to avoid.
An artist’s impression of Tiangong-1 in orbit.
China's space station Tiangong-1 is about to crash back to Earth any day now. It's out of control too so no one really knows where it will land. So what if it hits you or your house?
What if air quality standards were decided not by governments but by a dedicated federal body?
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Environmental and health groups have called for the creation of a non-political federal agency with the power to rule on pollution levels - much like the Reserve Bank does for interest rates.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill and SA Best leader Nick Xenophon provided different narratives about youth populations in the state.
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In a South Australian leaders' debate, Jay Weatherill and Nick Xenophon disagreed over the extent to which young people are leaving the state in search of better opportunities. We asked the experts.
It’s not suitable for women with heart problems, but otherwise is a safe and effective option.
Domperidone raises levels of prolactin, which increases the production of breast milk. It's safe for mothers and babies, but not all women will experience the same increase in milk volume.
Rowena Orr QC rebuked banks on the first day of the Royal Commission for failing to provide specific documents.
The Financial Services Royal Commission can ask the banks for the material it wants, in the form it wants.
Computer scientist and Computing Education Specialist Dr Nicky Ringland meets with Burwood Girls students.
An ambassador needs to do more than just encourage young girls to enter STEMM, the role must address structural and cultural issues that push women out of the pipeline mid-career.
Deadly Woman Blues by Clinton Walker was pulled from circulation after various factual errors were revealed.
Clinton Walker's Deadly Woman Blues was a missed opportunity and a lesson in how not to tell other people's stories.