Colonial graziers found it more effective to poison dingoes than rely on convict shepherds to protect their flocks.
Justine Philip/AMMRIC 2017
As soon as white colonists began farming sheep in Australia, they looked for a way to eradicate dingoes.
Does it really pay to spray?
It's easy to whip out the fly spray, but our fondness for pesticides can bring knock-on effects such as increased resistance, and harming beneficial insects in and around our homes.
The Port Arthur historic site is beautiful today – but its isolation would have been overwhelming for former convict inhabitants.
Port Arthur Historic Site
Without due process, archeological digs turn into into expensive and directionless treasure hunts from which little research value can be extracted.
Beginning on Saturday, West Australia's short, intense abalone season will be open for a total of four hours.
The recorder was one of the most popular instruments during the Baroque period, and was more commonly made of wood.
Many school music teachers aren't trained recorder players. And cheap and badly made recorders are often sold in discount stores. But this an instrument with a fine musical pedigree.
Success with conservation of Kangaroo Island’s Glossy Black-Cockatoos can now be compared with other bird conservation efforts around the country.
New research has shown how to measure conservation progress for Australia's 238 endangered bird species
Every magnet has two sides: a north pole and a south pole.
The energy needed to pull magnets apart comes from you, and you get it from the food you eat. And the plants or animals you eat get their energy from other plants and animals, or from the Sun. All energy comes from somewhere.
The composition of black and white in a magpie’s poo differs between species. Some splatter more of the uric acid (white), some have more black (indigestible solids). It depends on their diet.
Like reptiles, birds do not have two separate exits from the body. They have one, called the cloaca. It is quite similar to the human anus but the cloaca expels both indigestible bits and toxins.
Wetlands can have decades-long dry periods.
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Wetlands in Australia are often dry. They may look unassuming but it's a vital part of their vibrant lifecycle.
Psychiatrist Steve Ellen and the ten participants put themselves – and their stories – out there to increase awareness about living with mental illness.
Some viewers will object to the reality TV format of How 'Mad' Are You, but the show achieves its aim of breaking down stigma.
How much does ATAR matter when selecting teacher education students?
Some universities accept students into their teaching degree programs with an ATAR as low as 35. Do we need to raise the bar, or are other factors more important than a high ATAR for teachers?
Myrmecocystus honeypot ants, showing the repletes, their abdomens swollen to store honey, above ordinary workers.
Greg Hume via Wikimedia Commons
Honey might be synonymous with bees, but they're not the only insects that come up with the goods.
For some young women, a perceived lack of career opportunities is a significant barrier to relocating to rural communities.
Research shows that young women are more ambivalent than young men when it comes to employment opportunities and other reasons to relocate to rural communities.
Bob Katter leads a group of farmers out of the royal commission hearing in Brisbane.
A number of factors have contributed to the horrible stories coming out of the Royal Commission, including market instability and the financialisation of farming.
Male spiny leaf insect, Extatosoma tiaratum.
Stick insects may be using birds to disperse their eggs, just as plant do.
The 80% of musicians who freelance or are self-employed need to have an array of transferable skills to make a living.
It isn't easy, but musicians build 'portfolio careers' by being adaptable, multiskilled and willing to learn, so they can pursue creative work that they believe in.
French President Emmanuel Macron scolded a teenager for calling him by his nickname, ‘Manu’.
Could an Aussie high schooler say to our prime minister, "How’s it goin’, Mal?", and get away with it? Probably.
A spotted-tailed Quoll detected during a small mammal survey at Carrai Plateau, New South Wales.
Remote cameras used to track wildlife in Australia could pose a privacy risk, especially if the images they capture fall into the wrong hands.
A bee visits an almond flower – an essential process for almond farmers.
Tiago J. G. Fernandez/Wikimedia Commons
Many fruits, nuts and other crops rely on bees to pollinate their flowers at just the right time of year. Many farmers rent bees to get the job done at pollination time.
Some studies show that female lions prefer darker coloured manes to bigger manes.
People used to think that boy lions had big shaggy manes to protect their necks from being bitten or scratched during fights. But scientists soon realised this idea didn't make much sense.