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3 reasons to study science communication beyond the West

All cultures have communicated their knowledge in diverse and marvellous ways throughout time. Failing to see the significance of this is racist and lazy.

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All cultures have communicated their knowledge in diverse and marvellous ways throughout time. Failing to see the significance of this is racist and lazy.

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6 Jul 2018

Three charts on: why rates of mental illness aren't going down despite higher spending

Australian governments have increased their spending on mental health over the last few decades. But the rate of mental illness isn’t going down.

2 Jul 2018

Getting a heart check early can prevent heart attack and stroke in Indigenous Australians

New findings published today in the Medical Journal of Australia show room for improvement in heart health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

1 Jul 2018

You probably missed the latest national environmental-economic accounts – but why?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics released the Australian Environmental-Economic Accounts on June 15.

27 Jun 2018

A hidden toll: Australia’s cats kill almost 650 million reptiles a year

Cats take a hefty toll on Australia’s reptiles – killing an estimated 649 million of them every year, including threatened species.

18 Jun 2018

Australia relies on volunteers to monitor its endangered species

The King Island Scrubtit and the King Island Brown Thornbill are considered the first and third most likely birds to go extinct in the next 20 years.

12 Jun 2018

Life in a herd – and why in health watching symptoms is easy, but finding causes is hard

With a rollicking story to set the scene, this piece explores the notion of population health – what is it, and why does it even matter?

29 May 2018

Stars for sale, but no, you can’t really buy an official star name to remember someone

About once a week, I’m the one to gently explain that the star name bought to honour someone's memory is not officially recognised.

23 May 2018

Brian Cox is a world record-holding ‘rockstar scientist’. Here’s why

The phrase “sold out stadium shows” is not often synonymous with science. Unless of course you are Professor Brian Cox.

21 May 2018

Shifting urbanisation onto a sustainable path

While urbanisation presents a number of opportunities, it also poses a number of complex challenges.

11 Apr 2018

A new wave of rock removal could spell disaster for farmland wildlife

A loophole in the law could spell disaster for threatened species that rely on bush rock.

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