Outrage over schoolgirl refusing to stand for anthem shows rise of aggressive nationalism

The brouhaha over a nine-year-old girl refusing to stand for the national anthem appears to confirm that tolerance is on the wane and nationalist sentiment on the rise in Australia. Shutterstock Last week, nine-year-old Queensland school girl, Harper Nielsen, was threatened with suspension by her school for refusing...

We’ve got apps and radars – but can ants predict rain?

Folklore says we might be able to predict the coming of rain by observing the behaviour of ants. from www.shutterstock.com It’s often said that ants can predict impending rain and respond by changing their behaviour. Some people say that if you see ants building their mounds higher,...

A new project shows combining childcare and aged care has social and economic benefits

Intergenerational care programs encourage relationship building between generations. Griffith University What happens when you bring a group of older residents to mix with young children in childcare? Clapping hands and singing songs is just one way they spend the morning together. These interactions are made...

The Turnbull government is all but finished, and the Liberals will now need to work out who they are

To become prime minister, Turnbull made himself a willing hostage at the outset to right-wing policies that contradicted his political persona. AAP/Mick Tsikas A relationship of mutual convenience between prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and the federal Liberal party is drawing to a close. Each used...

Remembering Aretha : A Retro-Review of Aretha Franklin – The Best Of

"You know a force from heaven. You know something that God made. And Aretha is a gift from God." (Rolling Stone - The 100 Greatest Singers) "Aretha Franklin is one of the giants of soul music ...more than any other performer, she epitomized soul at its...

‘Just a piece of meat’: how homeless women have little choice but to use sex for survival

Homeless women are particularly vulnerable to gendered violence. from shutterstock.com Women comprise 42% of Australia’s homeless population. Not only do many women become homeless due to family violence, homelessness can expose them to further gendered violence. Research shows homeless women experience violence – or feel vulnerable to it – in crisis...

Other people are having way, way less sex than you think they are

  Where you from, you sexy thing? (Hot Chocolate) Research shows we think young people have a lot more sex than they do in reality – and men have a particularly skewed view of the sex lives of young women. As part of Ipsos’ long-running studies on...

Earthquake after shock hits Bali

At 1:25pm local time (3:25pm EST), Bali was rocked by another small earthquake which has been classified as "moderate" Not as strong as the previous two, and possible just a strong after-shock, it did rattle glasses. cause quite a disturbance in swimming pools and had...

Two types of tectonic plate activity create earthquake and tsunami risk on Lombok

Shallow but powerful earthquakes on Lombok have resulted in around 100 deaths and destroyed buildings. EPA/AAP Several large earthquakes have struck the Indonesian island of Lombok in the past week, with the largest quake killing at least 98 people and injuring hundreds more. Thousands of buildings are damaged and rescue...

A brief history of briefs – and how technology is transforming underpants

Underpants have a long history and, it seems, a bold future. shutterstock Underpants. We tend not to talk about them but they are a fact of life (unless you go commando). Briefs have a fascinating history and are now being transformed by technology, with high-performance...