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…
Still from Rome, Open City (1945)
In this video, Bruce Isaacs looks at Rome, Open City. Made in 1945, it was Roberto Rossellini's neorealist response to the end of German occupation, and Italy’s history of Fascism under Benito Mussolini.
Lord Howe Island is part of a volcanic seamount formed around 7 million years ago.
Lord Howe Island is part of an underwater volcanic chain much older than first thought, with the possibility of new islands still to form.
With the Morrison government now in minority, it is possible a bill for the transfer of asylum seekers from Nauru could pass against the government’s wishes.
There has been recent speculation that governments could advise royal assent not be granted if bills are passed against their wishes. Here's why this is very unlikely to happen.
Head-to-head contact is the easiest way for lice to move from person to person.
Dr Cameron Webb (NSW Health Pathology)
Here are some tips to beat the bite of these bloodsuckers for as long as possible.
People may unknowingly bring measles back from other countries, including Europe.
We've had the measles vaccine in Australia since 1968, but a two-dose program was only introduced in 1992. And if you haven't had the second dose, you're at risk of contracting measles.
Research has found that the marriage equality debate had a significant impact on the mental health of some same-sex-attracted Australians.
The findings confirm that debate on issues related to minority groups' lives and well-being can significantly affect their mental health.
An Attic red-figure kylix from Vulci (Italy), 440-430 BC, depicting King Aigeus in front of the Pythia at the Oracle of Delphi.
In a time and place that offered few career opportunities for women, the role of priestess at Delphi was enormously influential. She was consulted on everything from warfare to love to public policy.