Driving conditions that don’t require frequent use of vehicle controls, but do require constant vigilance for hazards, can reduce driver alertness.
Humans are poor at remaining vigilant over time. That's bad news for the safety of partially automated cars, which sometimes need the person behind the wheel to quickly take over control.
Wayne Swan and Kevin Rudd spent big and spent bold, and it almost certainly kept us out of recession.
The debate ought to be about whether we should have spent big. It was good that we did. But we need to "reload" and get the financial system under control.
Sydney’s iconic beaches are not yet part of a marine park.
The New South Wales government has turned its back on plans to create sanctuary zones covering 2.4% of waters around Sydney, despite evidence that these 'no-take' areas are crucial for protecting fish.
Some sea creatures are displaced by the desalination plant, but others actually grow.
Pumping very salty water into the ocean has surprisingly little impact on marine life.
Cane toads are on the march, but new genetic research could slow them down.
New genetic knowledge about cane toads could give us the knowledge we need to throw some more roadblocks in front of this persistent invader as it marches across Australia.
There are many pharmacological options available for insomnia. But they will mostly make you reliant upon them for sleep.
With so many different types out there, it's hard to know what sleep medications are safe to use. Here's a guide.
The rules make it hard to make reasonable money providing a reasonable service.
Amid concerns about their quality of care, aged care providers are getting bigger or getting out.
Stop blaming your parents for your weight.
Spoiler alert: kilojoules affect weight gain more than your genes or gut bugs.
Children in suburbs with low levels of education and employment and high rates of poverty and crime are also missing out on the experiences that help make upwards social mobility possible.
Children growing up in the most disadvantaged suburbs also lack the social opportunities to develop skills and aspirations that would improve their prospects in life.
Whether there is a floor beneath which cuts in interest rate are ineffective depends in part on house prices.
It is thought that it doesn't help much to cut official interest rates toward or beyond zero, and maybe it doesn't, but new research suggests the answer has a lot to do with the housing market.
Witness K and his lawyer are accused of conspiring to reveal that Australia’s former foreign minister ordered an espionage operation against East Timor’s government.
The prosecution wants a closed trial, while the defence wants to keep secret only what's necessary to protect Australia’s national security.
Knee arthroscopy requires admission to hospital and an anaesthetic. It carries some risk of harm such as infection or further damage in the joint.
Doctors tend to overestimate how good their treatments are and underestimate the harms that come from them. But many studies have shown knee arthroscopy to no more effective than fake surgery.
A Victorian parliamentary committee has recommended that all serious police misconduct be investigated by a new independent police misconduct and corruption division within the IBAC.
A complaints system in which police investigate themselves is hardly likely to instil confidence in communities where police are regarded as the problem rather than the solution.
Where’s the next threat coming from? Whack it!
As a resource-driven economy, Australia is not used to being at the pointy end of supply chains – and it feels as though we are managing risks and benefits of critical infrastructure on the fly.
Casi todo el peso que perdemos lo exhalamos.
Dorrit Black, The Bridge, 1930.
Oil on canvas on board,
60.0 x 81.0 cm.
Bequest of the artist, 1951, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
Dorrit Black, Grace Cossington Smith and Grace Crowley were some of many talented modernist women artists. But only with the advent of second wave feminism in the 1970s was their work properly acknowledged.
It’s mostly about listening.
R U OK Day is tomorrow, encouraging all of us to check in with others to see if they’re OK. But what if someone says “no”? What should you say or do? Should you tell someone else? What resources can you…
Malcolm Turnbull at the Tumut 2 power station in August 2017.
We are getting closer to being able to apply private sector rigour to the examination of public sector projects with social benefits.
Problems with section 44 of the Constitution have absorbed a great deal of time, money and energy over the past year – it's time all politicians worked towards genuine reform.
The majority of refugees have access to smartphones.
Tür a Tür Digital Factory, 2017
Accessing the right information in a timely manner is essential, but difficult for newly arrived refugees. Information varies, plus there are language barriers and geographical complications.