Eli Wyman with the elusive Wallace’s Giant Bee.
A bee the size of a human thumb was first described in Victorian times, but hadn't been seen since 1981. That is, until four biologists teamed up on a trek to Indonesia's North Molucca islands.
Granny flats are often the result of informal arrangements between parents and children who assume it will all work out well.
Parents and children rarely put agreements about granny flats in writing and almost never consult a lawyer. But when these arrangements go wrong, the consequences can be disastrous and costly for all.
For those of us who are time poor, high intensity exercise can be incorporated into our daily routines.
Doing the vacuuming or taking the dog for a walk? Pick up the pace – these bursts of incidental exercise could be key to improving your fitness.
A colour portrait of Maria Sibylla Merian by Dutch artist Jacobus Houbraken, circa 1700.
Maria Sibylla Merian's meticulous observations laid the groundwork for the fields of entomology, animal behaviour and ecology. But the legacy of this scientific superhero has been sidelined by sexism.
Song dynasty 960–1279 Feng Dayou (active mid 12th century) ‘Taiye lotus pond’, album leaf, colours on silk.
23.8 x 25.1 cm. National Palace Museum, Taipei
Photo: © National Palace Museum, Taipei
The first major loan to Australia from a repository of canonical art works of Chinese culture deserves to be seen by all those interested in Chinese art.
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.
Books are a good starting place to make schools more inviting places for queer students.
Including queer texts in the English curriculum has the potential to affect real social change, including in understanding and confronting inequalities.
Happiness is a warm puppy.
Recognising animals as sentient means welfare laws must consider animals' feelings as well as their physical conditions.
Painting of Schubert performing by Julius Schmid (1897).
Telecommunications company Huawei has used artificial intelligence to complete Schubert's Unfinished Symphony. But the result fails to capture the spirit of Schubert's original compositions.
This pug is suffering from extreme summer heat at 37C.
If dogs are bred with known health disorders, what role should vets play in discouraging potential owners from animals that could cost them both financially and emotionally?
Cross-benchers Kerryn Phelps, Julia Banks and Rebekah Sharkie celebrate the passing of the Medevac bill.
While the Constitution was brought into play in the debate on this bill, it actually has little to say on the matter – and the government can still govern despite its passing.
Size and distance are difficult for the brain to work out at the same time.
Optical illusions appear when our brains have trouble moulding raw sensory data into shapes and patterns. Designers have been exploiting this process for centuries.
The aftermath of the Townsville floods brings increased risk of mosquitoes, which breed around water.
The more water, the more mosquito eggs are laid, and the more mosquitoes end up buzzing about. But to spread disease to people, they first need to bite infected wildlife.
Violence towards animals can never be condoned, whether in horse racing or to animals in general.
The outcry over allegations that electronic devices may have been used in Australian racehorse training highlights inconsistencies in our attitudes to the use of such devices on animals in general.
To help draw bees’ attention, flowers that are pollinated by bees have typically evolved to send very strong colour signals.
Bees need flowers to live, and we need bees to pollinate our crops. Understanding bee vision can help us better support our buzzy friends and the critical pollination services they provide.
Being labelled with a serious illness can cause psychological distress.
New tests may mean more people are diagnosed, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be helped by the label or the treatment. Here are five markers that overdiagnosis may be occuring.
If you are valued more for ends than means, you’ll cut corners with means.
Tying incentives to contribute to profits can give bad results, but we need to tie them to something.
The lack of transparency seems to be worse in certain disease areas, including diabetes and heart disease.
Clinical guidelines have a big impact on the care you receive and the drugs you're prescribed. But one in five doctors who write these guidelines have undisclosed ties to drug companies.
Revolutionary technologies like CRISPR are founded on discoveries uncovered through basic research that attracts very little attention.
United Soybean Board/flickr
On average, important new lab techniques like CRISPR take 23 years to develop – but there is a public expectation that scientific breakthroughs occur quickly and efficiently.
Digital communications mean time spent driving can also be used to get other things done as well.
I live where I want to live and I work where the work is. I don’t understand people that go “this is where I’ll work [and] this is where I’ll buy a house” because it might not be the area they want to…