The researchers found nearly 38 million pieces of plastic rubbish on Henderson Island, in one of the remotest parts of the ocean.
Plastics pose a major threat to seabirds and other animals, and most don't ever break down - they just break up. Every piece of petrochemical-derived plastic ever made still exists on the planet.
Aggressive behaviour exhibited by socially dominant Tasmanian devils may predispose them to infection with devil facial tumour disease.
Sebastien Compte/University of Tasmania
It's the Tasmanian devils that enjoy the highest survival and breeding success who're more likely to get the fatal facial tumour disease.
The political legacy of Abbott's broken promises contributed to Malcolm Turnbull's near-death experience at last July's federal election. ThisTurnbull government budget will be largely about burying the legacy of its predecessor.
The poll asked whether forecasting for the budget should be taken away from Treasury and be given to another independent agency.
Polled economists say another independent body wouldn't necessairly do a better job of economic forecasting for the budget than Treasury.
Blessed with mineral royalty payments, the Western Australian Government has seen its allocation of GST revenue slashed.
The government shouldn't cave to WA's calls for a change to the way GST is divvied out. The current system has served Australia well.
Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art: a must-see tourist destination, but for whom?
The acclaimed Museum of Old and New Art is located in one of Tasmania's most disadvantaged municipalities. But new research has found that locals have mixed feelings about the gallery.
Regulations and changing conditions within China’s economy have led many Chinese investors to spend overseas.
Chinese real estate investors might be more interested in investing in their homeland rather than Australia, given the changing market and regulations.
New technologies make it easier than ever for peeping Toms – and the law isn’t much help to stop them.
Gisele Porcaro/Wikimedia Commons
A surprise intrusion by a drone on a Darwin woman skinny-dipping in her secluded backyard pool highlights the many weaknesses of current privacy and stalking laws.
New research helps us understand how and why spotted hyenas are able to survive exposure to pathogens that kill other species.
Children are exposed to gender differences and expectations from the moment they are born.
At the age of four, children have a basic understanding of gender differences and expectations. But it is unlikely they would knowingly be sexist.
When species are pushed to the top of the mountain, where else is left to go?
From luxuries like champagne to the very livelihoods of fishing communities in the developing world – the climate-driven shifts in species will affect us all.
APRA and its chairman Wayne Bryes may be more prescriptive on lending rules in an attempt to curb rising house prices.
The government's unwillingness to consider changing the tax system to fix housing affordability makes it more likely that APRA may have to become even more prescriptive with its lending criteria.
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.
Chemistry image from www.shutterstock.com
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.