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Most Australian Indigenous languages came from just one place, research claims

Burketown, Queensland, named as origin of dominant Pama-Nyungan family of languages<p>Most Indigenous languages in Australia likely originated from a remote spot in far north Queensland as recently as 4,000 years ago, before slowly spreading across the country, a new study has claimed.<p>The paper, …


Indigenous rangers: expansion call as support from One Nation voters revealed

More than 80% of Queenslanders support Indigenous land management, including more than 70% of One Nation voters<p>Indigenous ranger groups have called for the Queensland and federal governments to expand support for their land management and employment programs, after polling revealed backing from …

Did Homo erectus speak?

Early hominins who sailed across oceans left indirect evidence that they might have been the first to use language<i>By Daniel Everett</i>Read at Aeon


On prejudice

An 18th-century creole slaveholder invented the idea of ‘racial prejudice’ to defend diversity among a slave-owning elite<i>By Blake Smith</i>Read at Aeon

Black History

Two’s a crowd

Zany and earnest, political yet puckish, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari were philosophy’s most improbable duo<i>By Edward Thornton</i>Read at Aeon

Friedrich Nietzsche

Polari: The code language gay men used to survive

Polari was spoken to skirt the UK’s strict anti-homosexuality laws. Though largely forgotten, some of its words can be found in dictionaries today.<p>“Bona to vada your dolly old eek!”<p>That may seem like a string of nonsense words from Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat or Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork …


Benjamin Lay: The Quaker dwarf who fought slavery

<b>He stood only about 4ft (1.2m) tall, yet what Benjamin Lay lacked in stature he made up for in moral courage and radical thinking. He was a militant vegetarian, a feminist, an abolitionist and opposed to the death penalty - a combination of values that put him centuries ahead of his …

Black History

Traditional Owners lose their fight to stop uranium mine in WA

The proposed Yeelirrie mine, located in Western Australia’s Mid-West region, is set to exploit the state’s biggest uranium deposit, which lies below …


The salacious Middle Ages

Medieval people feared death by celibacy as much as venereal disease, and practiced complex sexual health regimens<i>By Katherine Harvey</i>Read at Aeon

Ancient History

How did Uluru form? - Science News - ABC News

Uluru is the most iconic natural landform in Australia — and its formation is an equally special story of creation, destruction and reinvention.<p>The …

Macron faces national debate over anniversary of May 1968 protests

French president has not yet decided how to mark 50 years since nationwide rallies that defined an era<p>The black and white images of students lobbing cobblestones over barricades in the Latin Quarter of Paris in May 1968 are still clung to as defining a significant moment in modern French …

Where are the new Australian musicals? Waiting in the wings

This week’s nominations for the Helpmann Awards, which recognise the performing arts in Australia, have caused a storm of discussion, particularly …

Les Miserables

Far from being in crisis, 2017 was a great year for Australian musical theatre

In June this year, the annual Helpmann Award Nominations sparked concern that original Australian musical theatre was in crisis. John Frost, one of …


Astrobiology studies in the Hamersley Ranges look at early life on planet Earth

Astrobiology researchers are searching for clues to how life evolved on Earth by studying geological forms in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.<p>…

Earth Science

Are University Admissions Biased? | Simpson's Paradox Part 2


Simpson's Paradox


Plague reached Europe by Stone Age

<b>Plague was present in Europe during the late Stone Age, according to a study of ancient remains.</b><p>Writing in Current Biology journal, researchers suggest the deadly bacterium entered Europe with a mass migration of people from further east.<p>They screened more than 500 ancient skeletal samples and …


Epicentre of learning: the dairy farm teaching scientists how earthquakes form

A farm in New Zealand with an active fault line running through it has become a mecca for geologists seeking to unlock secrets deep underground<p>When dairy farmers Gray and Vicki Eatwell purchased a block of farming land just outside the tiny west coast village of Whataroa in New Zealand, the …

New Zealand

When evolution is not a slow dance but a fast race to survive

We all know what Neanderthals looked like: the beetling brow ridges, thick nose, long skull, massive bone structure – and probably red hair and …

New Jersey

From the Nullarbor to the nuclear age: what fossils reveal about South Australia's past

The Ediacarans have vanished from the state but deep time is always waiting to burst through the surface<p>As an archaeologist working in the remote areas around Woomera and the Nullarbor Plain, my understanding of South Australia was first informed by rocks and soil. There were fossils of extinct …


Kuhn, Thomas S.

Thomas S. Kuhn (1922—1996) Thomas Samuel Kuhn, although trained as a physicist at Harvard University, became an historian and philosopher of science …


The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

<i>The Structure of Scientific Revolutions</i> (1962; second edition 1970; third edition 1996; fourth edition 2012) is a book about the history of science …

Thomas Kuhn

Thomas Kuhn's academic life started in physics. He then switched to history of science, and as his career developed he moved over to philosophy of …


Western philosophy is racist

Academic philosophy in ‘the West’ ignores and disdains the thought traditions of China, India and Africa. This must change<i>By Bryan W Van Norden</i>Read …

Martin Heidegger

Earth - The physics that tells us what the Universe is made of

Science writer and astrophysicist Adam Becker explains what the Universe is made of to BBC Earth's Michael Marshall and Melissa Hogenboom, with help from the animators at <b>Pomona Pictures</b>.<p><i>Join over six million BBC Earth fans by liking us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.</i><p><i>If you liked</i> …

Case Study Houses: The creation of the modern ‘dream home’

In 1940s Los Angeles, a pioneering, modernist community would forever change aspirational living. Eddie Mullan looks back on the most iconic moments of the post-war experiment.

Anger is temporary madness: the Stoics knew how to curb it

People get angry for all sorts of reasons, from the trivial ones (someone cut me off on the highway) to the really serious ones (people keep dying in …

Nelson Mandela

Be amazed

Before it became a staple of videogames, the maze was a test of reason and courage, a way to find yourself by getting lost<i>By James McConnachie</i>Read at …

Ancient History

A night at the Garden

‘We, with American ideals, demand that our government shall be returned to the American people who founded it.’On 20 February 1939, roughly six …

New York City

Having Black Lives Matter in Australia can help strengthen Indigenous activism

Malcolm Turnbull’s flat rejection of the Uluru statement hung absurdly and deplorably over our visitors’ time here<p>The visit of the founders of Black Lives Matter to accept the Sydney peace prize should be leveraged by First Nations, indeed by all people of colour in Australia plus our allies and …