How the US right-to-life movement is influencing the abortion debate in Australia

The recent decriminalisation debates in Australia have included a new focus on partial restrictions on abortions – a strategy that has been very successful in many US states.Joel Carrett/AAPAs t...

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Should I get my DNA tested? We asked five experts

Is it worthwhile to know you're 25% Irish? from www.shutterstock.comWith the advent of online ancestry DNA testing, and advancements in genetic screening for various medical aliments, we’re able...

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Curious Kids: how was maths discovered? Who made up the numbers and rules?

There are so many number systems! The ones you know now were developed over centuries but we are still making up more now. ShutterstockIf you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send...

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Access to land is a barrier to simpler, sustainable living. Public housing could offer a way forward

Many of us do not need to hear any more warnings from the IPCC, David Attenborough or climate activists like Greta Thunberg. We have seen enough to be convinced that limitless economic growth and the ...

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India has it right: nations either aim for the Moon or get left behind in the space economy

India's Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission blasts off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India, on 22 July 2019.Indian Space Research Organisation/EPAIndia’s Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft has se...

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Riots in West Papua: why Indonesia needs to answer for its broken promises

Political arrests have been on the rise in recent years in restive West Papua, and the local population is pushing for a new referendum on independence.Frans/EPALast weekend, the Indonesian police too...

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Infographic: what is the conflict between the US and Iran about and how is Australia now involved?

Australia will commit a frigate, an aircraft and some headquarters staff to a US-led operation in the Strait of Hormuz.AAP/Marc TewksburyPrime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that Australia will...

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India has it right: nations either aim for the Moon or get left behind in the space economy

India's Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission blasts off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India, on 22 July 2019.Indian Space Research Organisation/EPAIndia’s Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft has se...

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Politicians don't seem to laugh at themselves as much anymore

Ronald Reagan at the end of his debate with Walter Mondale, Oct. 22, 1984, Kansas City, Mo. AP/Ron EdmondsAs the 2020 presidential campaign gets underway, one of the key factors that shapes our percep...

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How to invest if you're worried a recession is coming

Even the pros don't know what's up. AP Photo/Richard DrewAlthough the U.S. economy continues to grow and add jobs, talk of a recession is increasingly in the air due to a number of worrying signs.Busi...

Alexander Kurov, Professor of Finance and Fred T. Tattersall Research Chair in Finance, West Virginia University - avatar Alexander Kurov, Professor of Finance and Fred T. Tattersall Research Chair in Finance, West Virginia University

Climate scientists may not be the best communicators of climate threats

Climate scientist James Hansen, who has spoken out about the dangers of climate change, was arrested in 2010 alongside Appalachian residents.Rich Clement/flickrThe American public ranks scientists as ...

Risa Palm, Professor of Urban Studies and Public Health, Georgia State University - avatar Risa Palm, Professor of Urban Studies and Public Health, Georgia State University

Mexican women are angry about rape, murder and government neglect – and they want the world to know

Wearing green bandannas and dousing police in pink glitter, Mexican women on Aug. 16 staged a furious protest in Mexico City after a 17-year-old girl reported being raped by four police officers earli...

Luis Gómez Romero, Senior Lecturer in Human Rights, Constitutional Law and Legal Theory, University of Wollongong - avatar Luis Gómez Romero, Senior Lecturer in Human Rights, Constitutional Law and Legal Theory, University of Wollongong

What is Haitian Voodoo?

Voodoo believers walk during the annual Voodoo festival Fete Gede at Cite Soleil Cemetery in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.AP Photo/Dieu Nalio CheryFor many in the West, Voodoo invokes images of animal sacrif...

Guilberly Louissaint, Anthropology Ph.D. Student, University of California, Irvine - avatar Guilberly Louissaint, Anthropology Ph.D. Student, University of California, Irvine

When does trash talking work?

Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor engage in some verbal sparring prior to their 2017 bout.AP Photo/John LocherThe Abstract features interesting research and the people behind it.Karen C.P...

Karen C.P. McDermott, Researcher in Communication, University of Connecticut - avatar Karen C.P. McDermott, Researcher in Communication, University of Connecticut