What and where is heaven? The answers are at the heart of the Easter story

Drawing by Wes Mountain My pious Baptist grandmother once shockingly confessed, at the ripe old age of 93, that she didn’t want to go to heaven. “Why,” we asked? “Well, I think it will be rather boring just sitting around on clouds and singing...

Australia’s epic story: a tale of amazing people, amazing creatures and rising sea

We have so much more to learn about Australia. Shutterstock/Lev Savitskiy The Australian continent has a remarkable history — a story of isolation, desiccation and resilience on an ark at the edge of the world. It is a story of survival, ingenuity, and awe-inspiring achievements...

Traditional owners still stand in Adani’s way

Traditional owners are contesting the validity of Adani’s land use agreement. Author provided Last week, federal environment minister Melissa Price approved Adani’s groundwater management plan for its proposed Carmichael mine. However, Adani’s proposed mine remains highly contested and uncertain. A number of environmental plans are still waiting...

We can’t predict how bad this year’s flu season will be but here’s what we know so far

The flu comes on rapidly and symptoms get worse over the first few days. Shutterstock Influenza illness – or the flu – is a caused by the influenza virus. It often comes on rapidly, with a high fever, chills, muscle aches, tiredness and a dry cough....

How fake news gets into our minds, and what you can do to resist it

Your memory can play tricks with you so best not to let fake news get through in the first place. Shutterstock/shipfactory Although the term itself is not new, fake news presents a growing threat for societies across the world. Only a small amount of fake news is...

Notre Dame: how a rebuilt cathedral could be just as wonderful

The spire collapses while flames are burning the roof of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. Ian Langsdon/EPA The destruction of Notre Dame cathedral is lamentable. A wonderful icon has been largely destroyed by fire. However, we should not despair. Part of the reason this loss is...

There’s no ‘garbage patch’ in the Southern Indian Ocean, so where does all the rubbish go?

Plastic waste on a remote beach in Sri Lanka. Author provided Great areas of our rubbish are known to form in parts of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. But no such “garbage patch” has been found in the Southern Indian Ocean. Our research – published recently...

Life of Brian at 40: an assertion of individual freedom that still resonates

Eric Idle, from left, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Sue Jones-Davies in Life of Brian (1979). HandMade Films, Python (Monty) Pictures This year is the 40th anniversary of the release of Monty Python’s Life of Brian. The film met with instant controversy in 1979 and was...

When’s the best time to get your flu shot?

What goes up must come down, and that includes the protection the flu vaccine offers against influenza. Irina Bg/Shutterstock When most of us get the flu, we spend three or four days on the couch feeling miserable, then we bounce back pretty quickly. But others...

‘Fairness’ versus ‘strength’ – the battle to frame the federal election

Labor’s campaign communications are organised around the word ‘fair’, while the Coalition is focusing on ‘strength’ and ‘security’. Daniel Pockett and Mick Tsikas/AAP Politicians have long faced the challenge of how to effectively communicate with citizens who largely see them as dissemblers and promise-breakers. On the...