The Big Banana, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, 2015.
Australia has more than 200 Big Things, from the heritage-listed Pineapple to a giant Captain Cook. What are we to do with these structures as they age and decay? And should we be building new ones?
Road trauma is already the ninth leading cause of death worldwide.
Wider societal issues are driving road user behaviour, which cannot be fixed by taking a traditional road safety approach.
Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake is in a volcanic crater.
Indigenous people recorded stories that provide much detail about eruptions in Australia. They can help us date natural events in the past and are legitimate sources of scientific information.
Does your child benefit from a time-out or other method of discipline?
Parents need to use different approaches to shape behaviour depending on the child's personality type.
Keanu Reeves and Lily Collins in To the Bone (2017), which follows a young woman struggling with an eating disorder.
AMBI Group, Sparkhouse Media, Mockingbird Pictures
Netflix's edgy teen dramas attract criticism, but it is targeting a demographic that Australian broadcasters have almost entirely abandoned. We need more local stories that speak to teenagers.
How the mighty dinosaurs would have walked millions of years ago.
Flickr/Ørjan Hoyd Vøllestad
The footprints of dinosaurs can tell a lot about how they moved about many millions of years ago.
Singing helps us remember information.
Because of the way our brains work, we can remember songs and rhymes much more easily than just words or letters. The ABC song teaches kids the basics of the English language.
Sarah and Olive Kanake read one of the new breed of girl-power picture books.
Miriam Ackroyd from Life is Beautiful Photography
The lack of strong female characters in children's picture books is oft-lamented. But a new crop of books invites girls to write themselves into history.
Church and climate: two issues that are close to many Pacific Islanders’ hearts.
What does God have to do with climate change? A lot, if you want to engage with communities in the Pacific Islands, where almost everyone goes to church and religious leaders are hugely influential.
Little good comes when love turns to hate.
Could it be all just a terrible misunderstanding? Researchers are increasingly turning to love to understand hate.
The ABC’s role as a provider of Australian stories can only become more important in a rapidly changing media landscape.
The ABC is dragging its heels in providing new Australian content to audiences, due to a lack of governance, an inadequate Charter and its poor relationship with the independent production sector.
Ebonnie Masini and Rian McLean in Round the Twist (1989), one of Australia’s most fondly remembered children’s TV dramas.
Australian Children's Television Foundation
TV networks must produce new local children's TV drama each year - but they are increasingly making animation, with little sense of place. We need shows that will reflect kids' lives back to them.
We need to find new ways to deal with the complexity of modern cities and make them better.
There are very few approaches that examine all aspects of the complexity of urban design and development. Ergonomics, human factors and sociotechnical systems methods offer a way forward.
While many urban design guidelines include ambience as a required ‘city quality’, few provide ways to achieve it.
Ambience is a result of a whole range of processes and physical objects. We can use a systems approach to examine and describe what needs to be done to achieve such a subjective quality in a street.
The human footprint on Australia’s environment is evident in areas such as land use change.
Ryan Francis/State of the Environment 2016
The State of the Environment 2016 report shows that the main drivers of environmental change in Australia are land-use change, habitat destruction, invasive species and climate change.
It turns out cul-de-sacs may be better than we realised for creating a safe and inclusive community within a community.
Understanding what makes a neighbourhood street a good place to live for adults with intellectual disability can help create places that are good for everyone.
Smart cities work on developing a shared vision of their preferred future.
Andrea Danti/from www.shutterstock.com
Smart cities do more than develop products to increase productivity and prosperity. Mayors, CEOs and leaders engage entire communities in shaping the future of cities.
Once again, tennis fans are discussing what might be best to “help” Nick Kyrgios overcome his issues.
Humans have three basic needs that drive motivation - without them our performance is likely to suffer.
Geelong is working on a long-term vision to ensure a bright new day dawns for the city.
Greater Geelong's 'Our Future' is a process of involving industry professionals and the community in the development of a long-term vision for Victoria's second-biggest city.
Don’t underestimate an echidna.
New technology reveals that digging echidnas play a crucial role in Australia's ecosystems.