Detail from a coloured lithograph depicting Port Arthur penal station in 1843.
State Library of New South Wales.
Early colonial New Zealand had no room for reprobates and was at war with Maori resisters. So between 1843 and 1853, it shipped the worst offenders across the Tasman Sea.
A volunteer diver surveys marine life at Lord Howe Island.
Rick Stuart-Smith/Reef Life Survey
Reef Life Survey, a citizen science project where hundreds of volunteer scuba divers survey thousands of ocean sites, has revealed new insights into marine mysteries.
Bob Brown was arrested under an anti-protest law after refusing to obey police directions to leave a forestry coup at Lapoinya State Forest.
Bob Brown's successful High Court challenge to an anti-protest law in Tasmania will cause many states to review their own protest laws.
Filters were engineered to make cigarettes taste better, and seem safer.
Many smokers still think filters make cigarettes safer. But they actually make them more harmful, and the tobacco industry has known about this for a long time.
An unsent text message can be a will, an Australian court has decided.
Modern courts may be flexible in working out what your will is after you die, but that doesn't mean you should be complacent.
Treasurer Scott Morrison recently asserted that an increase in profits is a prerequisite for wages growth. But is his position supported by data?
Questions have been raised over why Adani is in line for public money.
AAP Image/Lukas Coch
The proposed loan of Commonwealth money to Adani is on shaky constitutional ground, potentially paving the way for High Court challenge which could change the dynamics of federal-state funding.
Immediate cash incentives have been shown to be more effective in helping people quit, and cost us less in the long-run.
Studies have found paying people to quit is more effective than other methods, so why are we not considering it in Australia?
The “feeling” of hitting a well-timed tennis shot is lost in exergames.
Exergames should be used to replace sedentary video games, not traditional physical education.
Sea ice trapped atmospheric carbon dioxide in the last ice age.
The last ice age locked atmospheric carbon dioxide into oceans, which has major implications for how the oceans and carbon dioxide may be linked in the future.
Making the electricity market more transparent could lower costs.
We don't know whether electricity generators are bidding in "good faith" because they are providing data in a form that defies analysis.
Mark Jeffrey, transported prisoner.
A new study highlights the stark difference in living conditions experienced by old- and new-world working-class adults in the Victorian era.
Clouds over Australia’s Davis Research Station, containing ice particles that activate ozone-depleting chemicals, triggering the annual ozone hole.
The treaty to limit the destruction of the ozone layer is hailed as the most successful environmental agreement of all time. Three decades on, the ozone layer is slowly but surely returning to health.
Melting Antarctic ice can trigger effects on the other side of the globe.
The climate secrets contained in an ancient tree that lived through abrupt global change reveal how Antarctica can trigger rapid warming in the north by dumping cold water into the Southern Ocean.
Mosses are sensitive to even minor changes in their living conditions.
Mosses are sensitive to even minor changes in their living conditions, and scientists traditionally tramped through difficult terrain to collect data on them.
A house and land on the River Derwent, Tasmania, 1822.
National Library of Australia
The egalitarian myth behind the great Australian dream of home ownership is at odds with the first rules of land granting in the colonies. Even then, property ownership depended on wealth and status.
Salt flows down rivers to the ocean.
A special combination of rain, rocks and subsea volcanoes makes the sea salty.
Anak-anak di Yogyakarta. Anak-anak sudah terpapar dengan perbedaan gender dan ekspektasi sejak mereka lahir.
Di usia 4 tahun, anak-anak memiliki pemahaman dasar tentang perbedaan gender dan ekspektasi. Tapi kemungkinan kecil mereka sengaja bersikap seksis.
Click and collect provides an immediacy that traditional home delivery usually can’t match, particularly in Australia where delivery times have traditionally been slow relative to international standards.
Retailers are starting to realise the benefit of combining online and in-store shopping. And by encouraging you to click first and collect later, these businesses are saving on a number of costs.
People suffering fungal nail infections are often very distressed by the disfigurement they cause.
Although fungal nail infections are not life-threatening, they're an important health problem because of their high prevalence and poor response to therapy.