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.
Chemistry has been getting greener since the ‘80s.
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It was not until the 1980s that the environment became a priority for the chemical industry, and it was the industry's bid to clean up that gave birth to 'green chemistry'.
Many of the economists argued that the principle of the CGT discount is not a bad policy, however the level of the discount is generous and is open for abuse.
The Economics Society of Australia (ESA) Monash Forum polled economists on whether capital gains tax deductions for housing investment should be removed.
A likely candidate for life: Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
There has been much excitement this week about the possibility of water -- and life -- on some newly discovered exoplanets. But we can look closer to home for evidence of ET.
The Turnbull government should be focusing on giving new businesses, not small businesses, a tax cut if the aim is ‘jobs and growth’.
Based on evidence, policies which seek to encourage job creation and innovation via a tax cut should preference large or new businesses, rather than small ones.
There’s not just one way to feel or express love.
Valentine's Day is branded as being a celebration of romantic love. But there are many styles of love, from passionate Eros to caring Agape and many in between.
The emotional and physical experiences of fatigue, stress, anxiety, and isolation are almost never seen in the popular images of pregnancy.
Unlike Beyoncé, a group of Australian women documenting their own pregnancies captured mundane images of track pants, barren wardrobes and self-portraits in a bathroom mirror.
Current smoking cessation rates are not sufficient to meet public health goals.
An "endgame" approach focuses on ending the tobacco pandemic, and foresees a tobacco-free future.
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.
Freelance and contract work can be stressful, depending on your situation and personality type.
Workers in the gig economy may need to family members, online services or mentors to preserve their mental health.
Federal and state agencies are using powerful automated data-matching programs to identify properties that are generating income and might be liable for tax.
State revenue offices are using data matching to identify people who earn income from Airbnb, then sending notices that they may be liable for land tax, even though this remains a legal grey area.
A photo from Sea Shepherd allegedly shows a Japanese whaling vessel with a dead minke whale on board.
EPA/GLENN LOCKITCH / SEA SHEPHERD HANDOUT
Japan is once again allegedly killing whales in Antarctica. But after taking Japan to international court in 2014, there's not much Australia can do.
The deadly facial tumour can hide itself from the Tasmanian devil’s immune system.
The facial tumour cells that threaten the Tasmanian devils may use a sort of molecular shield to protect them from the animal's immune system.
A hiker perched at the top of Tasmania’s Tarkine wilderness.
AAP Image/ Jenny Archer
the end of the mining boom has breathed new life into parts of the Tasmanian economy. But there are also several worrying indicators -- like population growth and unemployment -- to be addressed.
The idea is to come up with better alternatives to this.
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
Japan's fleet is on its way to the Southern Ocean for more "scientific" whaling. But a new resolution pointing out the importance of whale poo could help remove Japan's rationale for lethal research.
A large thunderstorm rolls over Sydney in 2015.
AAP Image/Newzulu/Haig Gilchrist
Severe storms bring a complex mixture of weather conditions, often in a very localised area. This unpredictability can make them very damaging, and very hard to study too.
More heatwaves in store, but the exact effects on people are harder to predict.
AAP Image/Joe Castro
Heatwaves are Australia's deadliest type of natural disaster. But while we know a lot about the weather patterns behind them, more research is needed to forecast accurately their impacts on people.
Employees of a Japanese foreign exchange company keep a close eye on the progress of the presidential election.
Some might say that financial markets over-reacted to the Brexit vote and the market reaction to the US election is the same. But Brexit won't happen till 2019, a Trump victory has already happened.
Static No. 12 (seek stillness in movement), 2009–10.
©Daniel Crooks. Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery
A new exhibition at MONA, curated by scientists, explores the biological and evolutionary origins of art. The show is spectacular - but it offers an overwhelmingly male perspective.
Knowing when and where this is going to happen would be useful.
AAP Image/Dan Peled
Floods are a costly part of Australian life, which means we need to get better at predicting exactly when - and how severely - they are likely to strike in the future.