The ~35,000 year old Pestera cu Oase cranium is probably a hybrid between modern humans and Neanderthals.
Revolutionary developments in the study of the DNA of our fossil ancestors are forcing a major rewrite of the human evolutionary story. They hold major implications for fundamental questions that cut across…
After witnessing the rise and fall of many empires, the ancient site of Palmyra is under threat from Islamic State.
Conflict involving Islamic State has raised the prospect of the destruction of Palmyra, a World Heritage site in Syria. It's not the first time the region has been invaded, but it may well be the last.
Aboriginal people alleviate food insecurity by going crabbing or fishing on traditional lands.
Food is often the first thing to go when there is not enough money to pay the bills.
Uber drivers have been classified as taxi drivers and will have to register for GST. Uber says they will challenge the decision.
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A recent decision by the tax office that ride sharing services must pay GST has infuriated Uber. But are they being singled out?
Hamid Mohsin is a guest of the Sydney Writers' Festival. Photo © Jillian Edelstein.
"I have a bit of resistance to the way the world is and making up my own world is a response to that," says Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid, a guest at this year's Sydney Writers' Festival.
Teenage drinking in Australia has declined dramatically over the past fifteen years.
Ask your friends and colleagues about young Australians and alcohol and I bet they’ll say something about a generation out of control or a binge-drinking epidemic.
Journalists should spend less time tuning into the news and more time following their instincts.
When journalists justify what they do, they invariably say: “We hold governments to account. We act in the public interest.” It justifies the most noble investigative journalism. It is a sacred catechism…
With new sources of venture capital funding Australia can boost innovation and its economy.
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Australia can attract much needed venture capital funding through its Significant Investor Visa system, but only if a proposed new system is designed well.
The Fukushima disaster was a dark chapter for nuclear power - but high-profile accidents are far from the only downside.
Is nuclear power worth it? No, says Mark Diesendorf – it's never been a major world energy force, it has caused huge accidents, and its greenhouse emissions are higher than many people realise.
Not all scientists are motivated to engage in outreach in the same way.
Science communication and outreach can be motivated in ways other than reforming research funding bodies.
Maurice Newman, AC, is chair of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council.
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Maurice Newman's implication that discrepancies resulting from the recent climate fluctuation somehow invalidates climate models is incorrect.
Public sector workers using both employer and government-sponsored paid parental leave have been accused of “double dipping”.
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The government's new paid parental leave could also have the effect of limiting conditions for public sector workers.
Genetic therapy might be able to reverse the harmful effects of sickle cell anaemia.
Gene therapy is allowing us to switch on natural beneficial mutations to counteract the effects of negative mutations in diseases such as sickle cell anaemia.
Small business are bound to be happy with Joe Hockey’s tax cut - but gaming of the system may be inevitable.
Treasurer Joe Hockey's small business package may lead to gaming of the system and fairness is an issue.
The move away from arms-length funding represents a fundamental shift in the way arts funding will be administered.
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Since the foundation of the Australia Council arts funding has been administered at arms length. The fine print of this year's Budget is set to change that.
Warming seas suggest El Niño is on the horizon.
El Niño is officially on, and comparing it to previous events suggests it could be big one, perhaps leading to record-breaking temperatures.
Facilities funded under NCRIS, such as the Murchison Widefield Array, will continue to be supported under this budget.
The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and Future Fellowships schemes have won a reprieve in this year's budget.
As expected, part-pensioners will be most affected by budget changes.
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Part-pensioner couples who own their own home and assets worth more than about A$800,000 are expected to lose their part-pension altogether, under proposals in the federal budget.
Supporters of Julian Assange mark his 1,000th day in the Ecuadorean embassy in London in March.
A Swedish court decision means Julian Assange will remain confined to the Ecuadorean embassy in London. Like the muckrakers of old, he offends the powerful, but his journalistic cause is just.
Crossbenchers Jacqui Lambie, Ricky Muir and Dio Wang are far from aligned.
Regardless of what is or isn't in this week's federal budget, a disparate group of people stand to make or break any new reform measures.