Photographed on Kangaroo Island, this rock – called a ‘zebra schist’ – deformed from flat-lying marine sediments through being stressed by a continental collision over 500 million years ago.
Giant forces slowly move continents across a viscous layer of the Earth, like biscuits gliding over a warm toffee ocean. This stresses the continents, and twists and contorts the crust.
About one in three people living in Australia were born overseas.
Australia is a cultural melting pot, but our blood donors are less diverse. We need a broad mix of ethnicities in our donor pool to meet the needs of patients with rare blood types.
More than a quarter of us will suffer from motion sickness.
Motion sickness can make you feel pretty wretched. But there are a few things you can do to try and prevent it, or to treat it once it takes hold.
Living in an urban centre is no guarantee for new NBN technology.
Around half of homes in three major Australian cities only have access to very old technology: hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC). For them, access to the NBN fibre network remains only a fairy tale.
Pounds and shelters are not happy places for dogs to stay in for a long time, though. So everyone tries to find an unwanted dog a new home as quickly as possible.
Different councils and different rescue organisations can have different rules about how long they can keep animals.
On industrial relations policy, the Coalition and Labor offer starkly different choices this election.
At this election there is a stark choice between the two major parties on industrial relations: the "small target" approach of the Coalition and the ALP's more ambitious and detailed plan.
Desain lampu lalu lintas membuat pejalan kaki menunggu lebih lama dengan memberikan prioritas lebih tinggi pada lalu lintas kendaraan.
Abaconda Management Group
Bila kendaraan bisa menyeberang dengan sistem otomatis, pejalan kaki harus menekan tombol untuk mendapatkan tanda boleh jalan.
A visualisation of a binary neutron star merger.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab
The signal came in on ANZAC Day, ripples in space-time from the merger of two neutron stars an estimated 500-million light years away. But where it happened is still a mystery.
The desert raisin is a member of Australia’s native bush tomato family.
Mark Marathon/Wikimedia, CC BY
Tasting like a smoky sundried tomato, the desert raisin has been a staple for Australian desert communities for thousands of years.
Pedestrians walking along Bridge Street to Erskineville station in Sydney could take advantage of an extra southern entrance, as could many people now choosing not to catch the train.
Chris Standen, used with permission
In Sydney, 44 of 178 train stations have a single side entrance. It adds up to 12 minutes of daily travel time for people walking the long way to their platform. It's enough to make some drive instead.
Here’s a close-up picture of a head louse. The eggs of the female head louse are what we call ‘nits’.
We like to think that all creatures play a role in the local ecosystem. We're especially interested in insects that provide a benefit for people too. But that's not always how it is.
Labor plans to create a national strategy on animal welfare.
Labor hopes their six-point plan could turn around Australia's poor international reputation on animal welfare.
Venom from box jellyfish causes extreme pain and tissue damage. Massive exposure can cause death.
Box jellyfish stings are excruciating and occasionally deadly. We have identified a common, cheap drug that is already on the market and which could be a treatment candidate with further development.
This shed has been illegally converted into housing. Two prams and three mattresses are visible.
Informal Accommodation and Vulnerable Households, author provided courtesy of Fairfield City Council
With Australian city rents too high for low-income earners, increasing numbers are forced to share houses or rooms or to live in options like 'beds in sheds' and other illegal dwellings.
Early voting is convenient for voters, but is three weeks of it too long?
Australians now have effectively 17 election days. This means parties change how they campaign – and many people cast their votes without being fully informed.
How many species still to name? That’s a good question.
New species are being discovered all the time, which only adds to the problem of knowing how many there are on the planet today. It also helps to know what we mean by species.
In Victoria in 1992, every government-employed school cleaner was terminated overnight.
Public schools in some states outsourced their cleaning services to private companies as part of a neoliberal experiment starting in the 1990s. This has had a host of impacts, including on students.
Podcasters can introduce new voices to the conversations about the cities we live in.
Podcasters are creating new conversations about who and what the city is for. But even in the podcasting world, powerful interests can make it hard for new and previously excluded voices to be heard.
As little as 20 minutes of exercise a day can offset a sedentary lifestyle. And that exercise can include walking the dog.
Getting enough exercise to offset the health impacts of sitting might be easier than you think, new research shows.
Both sides of politics have gone hard on health in the first week of the campaign.
Medicare is a vote-changer. The Coalition learnt this in the 2016 federal election campaign and has since guaranteed its commitment to the program. But that may not avert a Mediscare 2.0.