A new blood test can detect eight different cancers in their early stages

A liquid biopsy is far less invasive than a standard biopsy, where a needle is put into a solid tumour to confirm a cancer diagnosis.from shutterstock.comResearchers have developed a blood test that c...

This is how Sydney's transport system has gone off the rails

The working year has not got off to a good start for Sydney trains and the New South Wales government. The rail network went into meltdown with chaos at many stations and trains delayed or cancelled. ...

Vital Signs: jobs may be increasing but the real test is whether we get a pay rise this year

The latest data shows a big jump in jobs, but construction is slowingVital Signs is a weekly economic wrap from UNSW economics professor and Harvard PhD Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims ...

The term 'LGBTI' confuses desire, behaviour and identity – it's time for a rethink

Desire, behaviour and identity are distinct, and do not always overlap.AAP/David MoirThe rise of sexually transmissible diseases made front-page news in The Age, which tried to make sense of the rise ...

Sustainable shopping: want to eat healthy? Try an eco-friendly diet

Healthy eating should include thinking about the environmental cost of your food. Al Case/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SAFollowing our annual Christmas overindulgence, many of us have set ambitious goals for the ...

Looking up a century ago, a vision of the future of space exploration

A statue of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in Moscow, Russia.Shutterstock/VLADJIn the early years of the 20th century a Russian scientist – now known as the father of astronautics and rocketry – w...

Guide to the Classics: Anna Karenina

An illustration from a 1914 edition of Anna Karenina.Zahar Pichugin/Shutterstock.com“In order for a book to be good,” said Leo Tolstoy to his wife Sonya on March 2 1877, “one has to ...

Hunger in the lucky country – charities step in where government fails

The non-profit organisation Foodbank released its report Fighting Hunger in Australia this month. Like earlier research it reported that around 15% of Australians experienced food insecurity – a...

Indigenous recognition in our Constitution matters – and will need greater political will to achieve

Indigenous peoples’ claims to substantive political voice transcend the symbolic.AAP/Joel CarrettConstitutional recognition is difficult to achieve. It requires a referendum to amend the Austral...

Three claims used to justify pulling codeine from sale without a prescription, and why they're wrong

From February 1, 2018 all products that contain codeine will only be available for sale in pharmacies with a prescription. This means you won’t be able to buy brands like Nurofen Plus, Panadeine...