With more Australian workers joining the gig economy, questions about how these workers will fare in their retirement are becoming more pressing.
Rice famers near Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Twelve thousand years ago everybody lived as hunters and gatherers. But by 5,000 years ago most people lived as farmers. This brief period marked the biggest shift ever in human history with unparalleled…
The power disparity between Harvey Weinstein and his alleged victims plays into a range of myths and stereotypes about women.
Men like Harvey Weinstein have been able to abuse with relative impunity, despite many in the entertainment industry appearing to know or have suspicion of their behaviour.
There are signs our frothy housing market, combined with rising interest rates, could have serious consequences for our economy.
Fully half of Westpac's loan book consists of interest-only loans, so why are the banks not more concerned about what could happen next?
Retired Australians are often those most interested in Superannuation.
While the current superannuation legislation before the federal parliament doesn't do far enough, it's a step in the right direction toward much needed democratisation of the sector.
A drug needs to pass quite a few hurdles before it gets to the market.
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Only around 10% of new drugs in development make it onto the market. A drug needs to go through animal trials, and then four phases of human trials to be deemed suitable for use in patients.
Randomisation is the only commonly accepted method of ensuring an unbiased estimate of the treatment effect.
The Conversation/Wes Mountain
A randomised controlled trial is the best way to compare a new treatment with the standard treatment. And randomising trial participants is a core feature of the experiment.
Scott and his team at the geographic South Pole, January 18, 1912.
National Library of Australia
Notes unearthed from the British Library suggest that Captain Scott's Antarctic expedition may have been fatally undermined by Lieutenant Teddy Evans, furious after being sent back to base.
Artist’s reconstruction of a Neanderthal male, at the Neanderthal Museum, Germany (Credit: Stephan Sheer).
Geneticists have now firmly established that roughly two percent of the DNA of all living non-African people comes from our Neanderthal cousins. It’s difficult to imagine why our early ancestors would…
Aerial view of residential housing on the Gold Coast.
While the key economic signs remain strong, new data suggests many Australians are entering into mortgages without having fully grasped the financial consequences.
“Looking for one girl to share a master room with another 3 girls.”
Screenshot from Gumtree ad, August 19 2017, 11:58
City living costs are driving people to organise themselves to share a room with strangers. These precarious living arrangements hardly qualify as a home.
When it comes to making health choices, which way to turn?
We're being 'nudged' to make good health choices every day. But who decides what's best? And what happens when we don't agree?
Space inspires, and the establishment of a Space Agency in Australia is well positioned to drive engagement in STEM.
Anastasiya (left) and myself working on the Haughton crater rim.
Will humans ever live on Mars? Whoever it is to get there first will benefit from the experiences of those who stayed in simulated Martian missions here on Earth.
Medical data from space tourists will be fascinating, but is it ethical?
Space terrorism and testing of space tourists are theoretical problems today. But let's have conversations right now to make sure they don't become real problems in the future.
Housing policymaking hasn’t gone smoothly since Tony Abbott sidelined the experts by scrapping the National Housing Supply Council in 2013.
Unaffordable housing and homelessness are burning issues. Policymaking has suffered from a critical lack of data and expert input since the National Housing Supply Council was axed in 2013.
Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem in mother!
The obstreperous exclamation mark that holds a bullhorn to the title of Darren Aronofsky’s latest film befits both the mounting clamour of the work itself, and a director who, in 48 years, has yet to discover…
A space agency will allow Australia to sit at the table with NASA, ESA and other global agencies.
Australia's space sector responded positively to today's federal government commitment to a space agency. Our experts explain what must come next.
Studying physics involves learning how objects move in space.
Evidence shows that otherwise high-performing female students under-perform compared to their male peers on certain questions in physics. We don't know why.
Exercise practitioners and personal trainers are taught to help us set goals.
Exercise practitioners are taught to help us set goals to get active. But the way we set goals may be unhelpful, or worse, make it even harder for us to exercise.