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Creating research value needs more than just science – arts, humanities, social sciences can help

This week we’re launching Making science for people, a series of articles that explores how humanities, arts and social sciences expertise is applied to problems typically corralled into the science and technology space. In this first piece, Rachel and Lisa set the...

How the Anglican Church has hardened its stance against same-sex marriage

In the aftermath of the legalising of same-sex marriage in Australia, the Anglican Church has ramped up its discrimination against gay people to new heights. Not content simply with the discrimination built into the legislation – per ministers of religion to refuse to...

Huawei rejects Australia security concerns

Huawei rejects Australia security concerns 18 June 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Huawei has offered to set up a testing centre to allay fears over the security of its hardware Chinese telecoms company Huawei has sharply criticised Australian government...

View from The Hill: Clive Palmer’s back on the trail, with Brian Burston in tow

Surely Clive Palmer is one souffle unlikely to rise twice – although predictions are hazardous when we’re talking about a man dedicated to buying votes. It beggars belief that Palmer, discredited in the political shambles and business disasters and disgraces of the...

Why stereotypes of sexy women fans persist at the World Cup

This article is part of a World Cup series exploring the politics, economics, science and social issues behind the world’s most popular sports event. Globally, women’s football fandom is on the rise, with women comprising around 40% of worldwide television audiences...

Eurydice Dixon: Thousands attend vigils for slain comedian

Eurydice Dixon: Thousands attend vigils for slain comedian 18 June 2018 Image copyright FACEBOOK Image caption Eurydice Dixon's body was found dumped on a football field in inner-city Melbourne Thousands of people have attended evening vigils in Australia for comedian...

The privacy problem with camera traps: you don’t know who else could be watching

We use remotely activated cameras – known as camera traps – to study the ecology and population responses of wildlife and pest species in management programs across Australia. These devices are used widely by scientists, researchers and managers to detect rare...

Bees get stressed at work too (and it might be causing colony collapse)

Ever been overworked, tired and felt muddle-headed? Research now shows honey bees suffer from the same thing – and we understand why. A honey bee’s life is hardly relaxing. Every day forager bees make many trips, travelling long distances, to gather vital resources of...

The privacy problem with camera traps: you don’t know who else could be watching

We use remotely activated cameras – known as camera traps – to study the ecology and population responses of wildlife and pest species in management programs across Australia. These devices are used widely by scientists, researchers and managers to detect rare...

Health Check: should healthy people take probiotic supplements?

A visit to the supermarket these days can feel more like walking through a pharmacy, with an ever-expanding range of milks, yoghurts, pills, powders and speciality foods promoting their “probiotic” prowess. Advocates of probiotics have hailed them as the answer to all...

Three issues language proficiency can hide for students from non-English speaking backgrounds

Universities have increasingly diverse student bodies, bringing together varying forms of social and cultural knowledge. But universities generally don’t recognise diverse forms of knowledge. This is particularly so with language and cultural practices, and the way...

China and India’s border dispute is a slow-moving environmental disaster

Chinese and Indian competition on their shared Himalayan border is more likely to create a slow-moving environmental catastrophe than a quick military or nuclear disaster. The Himalayan plateau plays a crucial role in Asia. It generates the monsoonal rains and...

Transgender kids get their own health-care guidelines

Today the first guidelines specific to the health-care needs of transgender and gender diverse children and adolescents have been released in the Medical Journal of Australia. Gender identity is a person’s innermost sense of who they are – male, female, a blend of...

Greer is right to say rape law has failings, but wrong to suggest its decriminalisation

Germaine Greer is a provocateur of long standing. Her recent comments about rape enhance that reputation. We accept Greer’s premise: rape law has profound and persistent failings. The #metoo movement has made vivid what rape researchers already know: rape is common....

Hobart’s poorer suburbs are missing out on the ‘MONA effect’

Popular opinion has it that MONA, Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art, is transforming Tasmania. That the state is no longer the poor and backward cousin, the economy is booming, and we are leaders in contemporary culture. The buzz on the streets of Hobart during this...

Technology is both a weapon and a shield for those experiencing domestic violence

With growing recognition that domestic violence can be perpetuated using technology, there has been a an increase of news stories that focus on how abusers use it to coerce and control victims. For example, when a man stole his ex-partner’s laptop so he could monitor...

‘Honey, I shrunk the store’: Why your local supermarket is getting smaller

If you think your local supermarket is shrinking, you might be right. Coles has announced that it will open smaller-sized supermarkets in more locations. This follows the lead taken by other large retailers such as Woolworths, Harris Scarfe and Target. Australia’s...

To design safer parks for women, city planners must listen to their stories

The rape and murder of aspiring comedian Eurydice Dixon in an inner-city Melbourne park – while deeply shocking – is part of an avalanche of gendered violence perpetrated against women in cities every day. Nothing can protect women from the random acts of violence...

View from The Hill: Threat to the ABC is not sale but more bullying

A re-elected Turnbull government wouldn’t sell the ABC, whatever scare Bill Shorten might be raising. But you’d have to be an optimist to think that if it wins, it won’t intensify its bullying and denigration of the public broadcaster. There is more than a little...

World Cup 2018: Denmark secure a hard-fought 1-0 win over Peru

Poulsen slots home to give Denmark the leadDenmark began their World Cup campaign with a hard-fought victory against a Peru side that had earlier missed a penalty.The South Americans were awarded a spot-kick after consultation with the video assistant referee but...

Aim for cities of all sizes to give everyone a fair go

We live in an urban world. By 2030, 66% of the world’s population will live in cities, concentrated in only 3% of the planet’s land area. But city sizes vary greatly, so what can city size tell us about their residents’ quality of life? Our new research shows that...

Why soccer is falling behind footy and rugby in Australia

This article is latest in our World Cup series exploring the politics, economics, science and social issues behind the world’s most popular sports event. While soccer has a long history in the Australian sporting landscape, most fans readily admit it has never...

Protecting Google from defamation is worth seriously considering

It has been a huge week for defamation law. Last Thursday, the NSW Government announced a push to reform Australia’s uniform defamation laws. It is calling for a “cyber-age reboot”. That proposal was backed by a “statutory review” of the NSW Defamation Act. At a...

Wollemi pines are dinosaur trees

Welcome to Beating Around the Bush, a series that profiles native plants. Read more about the series here or get in touch to pitch a plant at batb@theconversation.edu.au. There’s a tree that once covered the whole of Australia, then dwindled to a dozen examples, and...

China’s ride-hailing giant Didi to launch in Australia

China's ride-hailing giant Didi to launch in Australia 15 June 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache merged in 2015 to form Didi Kuaidi, later renamed Didi Chuxing China's ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is set to launch in...

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom where new dinosaurs emerge but who are the real monsters?

In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom the lines between human and monster are not clear-cut. Much of the film, the fifth instalment of the Universal franchise, is driven by both human and dinosaur capacity for empathy, extinction and reinvention. Owen Grady (Chris Pratt)...

Co-creation can help our companies compete with global giants

Australia needs to start a conversation about “co-creation”. We live in a world where giants like the US and China lock horns over innovation. It’s a world where the value of a product lies much more in its intangible inputs – such as ingenuity – than in labour or...

‘Stay safe’: why women are enraged by advice to steer clear of violent men

This week, a man allegedly raped and murdered a young woman – emerging comedian Eurydice Dixon – as she walked home from a comedy gig. 19-year-old Jaymes Todd has since been charged with one count of murder and one count of rape. In the wake of yet another tragic –...

Eurydice Dixon: Comedian’s killing prompts anger in Australia

Eurydice Dixon: Comedian's killing prompts anger in Australia 15 June 2018 Image copyright FACEBOOK Image caption Eurydice Dixon has been remembered as a promising young comedian The alleged rape and murder of a young comedian as she walked home at night in Australia...

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the child abuse royal commission response and One Nation’s blow-up

[embedded content] Michelle Grattan speaks with Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis Mark Evans about the week in politics. They discuss the government’s response and apology to victims of child sexual abuse, Pauline Hanson losing yet another...

Getting hot and sweaty: how heat and spice might affect our appetite

Do you feel less peckish when it’s hot or after a sweaty workout or spicy food? New research has discovered how body temperature might help control appetite through heat sensors in the brain. As warm-blooded animals, our bodies devote a substantial amount of energy to...

Genuine breakthrough or pause in hostilities? After the summit, the world must again wait and see

The outcome of the US-DPRK summit this week is being furiously spun. Trump supporters see an historic breakthrough by a strong leader who has stopped North Korea’s nuclear program and shown the way for true peace on the Korean peninsula. Critics see a vain and...

The 5G network threatens to overcrowd the airwaves, putting weather radar at risk

The new 5G network promises to revolutionise mobile telecommunications. But it could also push telecommunications companies onto the frequencies used by the Bureau of Meteorology’s weather radars, indirectly putting the accuracy of weather information at risk. The...

We asked five experts: should all women do pelvic floor exercises?

Over a third of Australian women suffer from urinary incontinence, and it’s estimated at least half of women who’ve had more than one child have some degree of genital prolapse. Pelvic floor disorders affect many women, and health professionals often recommend...

Indigenous treaties are meaningless without addressing the issue of sovereignty

Ironically, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s rejection of the 2017 Statement from the Heart, proposing more meaningful national engagement with Indigenous peoples, has accelerated demands for a treaty process across the country. Victoria and the Northern Territory...

Friday essay: Dark Emu and the blindness of Australian agriculture

What if Australia were to stop farming? At approximately 3% of gross domestic product, the removal of agriculture from the economy would be a significant hit. It would affect our balance of payments — 60% of agricultural produce is exported and it contributes 13% of...




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Huawei rejects Australia security concerns

Huawei rejects Australia security concerns 18 June 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Huawei has offered to set up a testing centre to allay fears over the security of its hardware Chinese telecoms company Huawei has sharply criticised Australian government...

Transgender kids get their own health-care guidelines

Today the first guidelines specific to the health-care needs of transgender and gender diverse children and adolescents have been released in the Medical Journal of Australia. Gender identity is a person’s innermost sense of who they are – male, female, a blend of...

Aim for cities of all sizes to give everyone a fair go

We live in an urban world. By 2030, 66% of the world’s population will live in cities, concentrated in only 3% of the planet’s land area. But city sizes vary greatly, so what can city size tell us about their residents’ quality of life? Our new research shows that...

Why soccer is falling behind footy and rugby in Australia

This article is latest in our World Cup series exploring the politics, economics, science and social issues behind the world’s most popular sports event. While soccer has a long history in the Australian sporting landscape, most fans readily admit it has never...

Wollemi pines are dinosaur trees

Welcome to Beating Around the Bush, a series that profiles native plants. Read more about the series here or get in touch to pitch a plant at batb@theconversation.edu.au. There’s a tree that once covered the whole of Australia, then dwindled to a dozen examples, and...

China’s ride-hailing giant Didi to launch in Australia

China's ride-hailing giant Didi to launch in Australia 15 June 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache merged in 2015 to form Didi Kuaidi, later renamed Didi Chuxing China's ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is set to launch in...

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