The so-called ‘prison tree’: over time, myth has coalesced into a ‘fact’ for which there is no evidence.
There is no evidence to support the marketing of an ancient boab in Western Australia as a tree that once held Aboriginal prisoners. The story is a myth that elides the tree's deep significance to Indigenous people.
Hominin skull casts (L-R) Australopithecus afarensis, Homo habilis, Homo ergaster, Homo erectus, Homo neanderthalensis.
Roger Seymour/South Australian Museum
The brains of our ancestors grew larger and smarter thanks to an increase in the flow of blood to the brain
Over-the-counter medicines such as Ibuprofen and Voltaren are not without some risk.
Anti-inflammatory pain killers such as ibuprofen should no longer be available for sale in grocery stores, but instead restricted to pharmacies.
Pyrethroids can be found in some head-lice products.
An association isn't the same as causation – and as far as associations go, the one in this study was pretty weak.
Dental calculus deposits show this Neadertal was eating poplar, a source of aspirin, and moulded vegetation including Penicillium fungus, source of a natural antibiotic.
Paleoanthropology Group MNCN-CSIC
Neanderthals had a very varied diet based on what foods were available to them where they lived. They also knew what to eat when they were sick.
On expedition with Norman Tindale and local Aboriginal group at a rock shelter at Bathurst Head (Thartali) in eastern Cape York Peninsula, 1927.
Photo by Herbert Hale/South Australian Museum, Archives Norman Tindale Collection (AA 338/5/4/41)
Aboriginal people stayed settled in places across Australia for 50,000 years until Europeans arrived, showing a strong connection with the land.
The government is paying too much for pharmaceuticals that are no better than their cheaper counterparts. Let’s fix that.
Australia is spending more than A$500 million a year too much for pharmaceuticals because of a little known loophole that allows drug companies to overcharge the government.
Elections in Uttar Pradesh will be the most keenly watched.
This could be a year of reckoning for India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party. Five states, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur are set to go to the polls in…
Members of the youth wing of the National Front, Malaysia’s ruling coalition, hold placards during a protest at the North Korea embassy following the murder of Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur.
Using nerve agents is banned under the Chemical Weapons Convention, but North Korea is not a party to it.
Keep the climate in mind when you’re choosing what to plant.
Plant species are reacting to climate change by adapting or migrating to better conditions. But this is not an option for gardens, so gardeners will have to be smarter about what they plant and where.
There are now 91 genes with known links to autism and intellectual disabilities.
Better genetic knowledge relating to autism and disability is expected to offer a stronger predictive capacity for families and health care providers, allowing better planning of care and support.
Fragrance is intimately linked with our memories and feelings.
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Surely only a weirdo wouldn't enjoy the smell of flowers and pine forests? But as Kate Grenville writes in her latest book, fragrance causes untold misery to many of us.
There are many considerations that go into buying food, and science is just one.
Informing people about genetically modified food means more than dumping more facts on them.
The Flinders Ranges were once a refuge from a changing climate.
Areas like the Flinders Ranges have provided refuge for flora and fauna when the climate has changed. But rapid temperature increases and human intervention may stop them doing so again.
Preconception planning focuses on improving the health of parents to lower the risk of obesity in children.
If you're planning to become a parent, better lifestyle habits can reduce the risk of obesity in your children.
To understand how households cope, we may need to look beneath broad patterns of affordability to the interplay of housing costs with other problems.
Housing affordability is often not the only problem households face. More often the compounding effects of multiple problems leave people unable to cope, which is why one solution won't work for all.
The 1998 film adaption of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, starring Johnny Depp as Hunter S Thompson, introduced millions of new fans to the world of gonzo journalism.
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Hunter S Thompson's 1971 book is a torpedo ride through some of the strangest scenes in American fact, or fiction. It's about greed, the souring of '60s idealism, the failings of journalism and much more.
Smallholder soybean farmer in Malawi.
There are questionable methods being used which distort our understanding of the number of smallholder farmers that embrace new technologies.
A solid, non-working Colt 1911 static model by TaylarRoids is printed on a household printer; is this a digital blueprint?
3D printing still exists in a legal grey area. This area is slowly being defined as courts prosecute the first cases but, is current copyright and criminal law keeping up with the technology?
It’s important to get the research across to and understood by decision-makers.
Research comes with risk and uncertainty so getting the right message across to the people who matter can be a challenge for scientists. A new plan out today hopes to change that.