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Yes, Australia will have a space agency. What does this mean? Experts respond

<i>In front of an expectant audience of more than 4,000 international delegates attending the International Aeronautical Congress in Adelaide, today</i> …

Innovation

Introverts think they won't like being leaders but they are capable

Introverts often don’t think they will enjoy leadership roles and so are less likely to go for the top job, new research finds. In fact, introverts …

Leadership

Courageous quests: Keats, art and refugees

The great sensualist Romantic poet John Keats arrived in Rome in late 1820 with his friend, painter Joseph Severn. This was not to be a grand tour of …

Refugees

In historic cases, punishment alone is not always the best response to violent crime

Sentencing offenders for crimes committed many years earlier raises important questions about what purpose sentences in such cases are expected to …

Justice

No, depression won't literally break your heart (but have a heart check anyway)

Some people say depression leads to a broken heart. It’s a catchy expression, but is it really true?<p>There is certainly a link between depression and …

Depression

Not taking the piss: why it’s important to examine how we teach and test physics to reduce gender bias

We made something of a splash with our recent article suggesting that gender gaps in student performance in physics could result from gender …

Gender

Attitudes to same-sex marriage have many psychological roots, and they can change

As the Australian same-sex marriage debate heats up it may be time for cool reflection on the sources of our polarised views. Recent research shines …

Equality

Taking sides: sport organisations and the same-sex debate

There is an old adage that sport should be separate from politics. The same-sex marriage debate in Australia has revived that view, as many sport …

Same-sex Marriage

Labor widens Newspoll gap as marriage vote tightens

Labor has extended its two-party lead over the Coalition to 54-46% in a Newspoll that also shows the vote on same-sex marriage tightening.<p>Malcolm …

Bill Shorten

The off-topic Conversation #137

Welcome to The Conversation’s off-topic space. We’ve set this up as the place where you can discuss anything that isn’t related to a specific …

Networking

Curious Kids: How can you tell if your cat is happy and likes you?

<i>This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like an expert to answer.</i> …

Kids

Trash or treasure? A lot of space debris is junk, but some is precious heritage

Most of us will never have the opportunity to travel into space. But we can feel connected to it in other ways.<p>Above us right now, and every day, are …

Space Debris

Bitcoin investors should be taxed like any other investor

Despite its name, cryptocurrency isn’t just money. It could also be debt or equity and so it should be regulated and taxed in the same way as other …

Bitcoin

Mansplaining Australian cities – we can do something about that

The American writer Rebecca Solnit, in her groundbreaking collection of essays, including the eponymous Men Explain Things To Me, first used the term …

Cities

I've always wondered: can animals be left- and right-pawed?

<i>This is an article from I’ve Always Wondered, a series where readers send in questions they’d like an expert to answer. Send your question to</i> …

Pets

My favourite album: David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs

Diamond Dogs, David Bowie’s eighth studio album released in 1974, was the first Bowie album I heard. I had just turned 13.<p>The album represents …

David Bowie

New Zealand votes for conservatism and the status quo

After a dramatic election campaign that looked promising for the centre-left, New Zealand’s voters have opted instead for conservatism.<p>Special votes …

Jacinda Ardern

NZ First to hold balance of power after election; far-right AfD wins 12.6% in Germany

With all election night votes counted at yesterday’s New Zealand election, the conservative National won 46.0% of the vote (down 1.0 point from …

Propaganda

NZ First to hold balance of power after election

With all election night votes counted at yesterday’s New Zealand election, the conservative National won 46.0% (down 1.0 from 2014), Labour 35.8% (up …

Elections

NZ First to hold balance of power after election; far-right AfD wins 13% in Germany

With all election night votes counted at yesterday’s New Zealand election, the conservative National won 46.0% of the vote (down 1.0 point from …

Germany

Can two clean energy targets break the deadlock of energy and climate policy?

Malcolm Turnbull’s government has been wrestling with the prospect of a clean energy target ever since Chief Scientist Alan Finkel recommended it in …

Climate

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the same-sex marriage postal campaign

Michelle Grattan speaks to University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics. In this discussion they look at …

Equality

Explainer: what are mitochondria and how did we come to have them?

We’ve probably all heard of mitochondria, and we may even remember learning in school that they are the “powerhouses of the cell” – but what does …

Biology

Is BHP really about to split from the Minerals Council's hive mind?

Shareholder action has struck again (perhaps). The Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility, on behalf of more than 120 shareholders of BHP, …

Climate

New Zealand elections: same, same, but very different

Six weeks ago, New Zealand’s election campaign was limping toward a foregone conclusion. The centre-right National Party looked a shoe-in for a …

Jacinda Ardern

Flu is a tragic illness. How can we get more people to vaccinate?

Flu (influenza) has traditionally been the underdog of vaccine-preventable diseases. People tend not to worry about the flu too much, and there are …

Public Health

We are all of the same starstuff

The recent Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Symposium in Brisbane bought together experts from around the country to address the gender and …

Education

Can trying to meet specific exercise goals put us off being active altogether?

Encouraging people to meet specific fitness goals when they are new to exercising can be ineffective. In fact, it may even make it harder to become …

Exercise

Exergames: good for play time, but should not replace physical education

More and more young Australians are playing video games during their leisure time. Fortunately, video game manufacturers have introduced “exergames” …

Education

Lost in space: Australia dwindled from space leader to also-ran in 50 years

The eyes of the world’s space expertise will be on Australia this month, as Adelaide hosts the world’s largest space conference.<p>The meeting occurs in …

Australian Universities