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Here are three things I learned at a feminism conference in Sydney this week

Not a day has passed this week when the role of women in this country hasn’t been front and centre of public debate. A fortnight ago we had two women in federal cabinet. Now we have five. It’s still just 24%, but it’s a big lift, even a new bottom line. From now on, surely it will be impossible for …

Feminism

Six easy ways to tell if that viral story is a hoax

“And so it begins … ISIS flag among refugees in Germany fighting the police,” blared the headline on the Conservative Post; “with this new leaked …

Leighton beach antennas help scientists predict waves, identify tornado-like currents

The world's largest marine antenna network is allowing scientists to track and predict Western Australia's large surface currents and waves hundreds …

Malcolm Turnbull wants to embrace 'disruptive technology' – he can start with solar power storage

In his media conference immediately after winning the Liberal leadership, Malcolm Turnbull had some words to say on the subject of technology:<p>We have …

What happens to your body when you die?

<i>If, as Kafka wrote, 'the meaning of life is that it ends', how do you want your body to be treated upon your death? Some advocate for a return to</i> …

Revealed: how Indigenous Australian storytelling accurately records sea level rises 7,000 years ago

Indigenous stories of dramatic sea level rises across Australia date back more than 7,000 years in a continuous oral tradition without parallel anywhere in the world, according to new research.<p>Scientists predict huge sea level rise even if we limit climate change<p>Read more<p>Sunshine Coast University …

Threatened wallaby species gets a lifeline thanks to Indigenous rangers

A threatened species of wallaby has been thrown a lifeline by the work of Indigenous rangers in a remote part of Western Australia.<p>Western ringtail possum's endangered status blamed on feral cats and foxes<p>Read more<p>A three-year program to monitor and sustain an isolated population of black-flanked …

Wildlife

Opening a window on Australia's job opportunities in the face of massive changes

"We are planning on taking on a couple of pattern makers next year, a full-time cutter and another machinist."<p>A new study, which identifies key areas …

Manufacturing Sector

GovHack 2015: Online map of Indigenous stories among winning WA projects

Four teams from Western Australia have scooped up national awards as part of GovHack 2015, a government-supported open data initiative.<p>The hackers …

Silverbacks and greenbacks: the catch-22 at the heart of gorilla conservation

Back in 1979, an estimated 500 million television viewers watched a landmark moment in natural history documentaries, as David Attenborough sat with …

Heath Ledger's Dad Kim Calls For Prescription Medication Education In Schools

The day before actor Heath Ledger’s death, his father Kim said he was fit and healthy.<p>“The way Heath passed away was a shock to us, I certainly had …

Data retention: too many unknowns, too many unanswered questions

Mandatory data retention is mass surveillance. As the former Victorian Privacy Commissioner said, it “is characteristic of a police state. It is premised on the assumption that all citizens should be monitored”.<p>But what if you’ve got nothing to hide and you’re not fussed about rights and freedoms? …

Surveillance

Traditional owners turn to touch screens to record rock art in the Kimberley

Traditional owners in the Kimberley's far north-west are using touch-screen technology to record some of the most remote rock art in the world.<p>The …

Anyone for tea and sympathy? Death cafes embrace last taboo

On a sleepy August afternoon, 10 people meet in a cafe in Malvern, Worcestershire, to talk about death. Over tea, cake and a flickering candle, the discussion ranges from recent bereavement, past losses, assisted (and non-assisted) suicide, near-death experiences, funeral wishes and the lessons of …

Durham University

Dockers' high flyer Michael Walters hopes to tackle Indigenous suicide problem

One of the most prolific goal scorers in the AFL, Michael Walters, has another grand ambition even more challenging than winning the Premiership.<p>The …

MH370 search vessel Fugro Equator stops off in Fremantle as crew vows to find answers

The large steel container equipped with sonar instruments and towed deep below the Indian Ocean by the Fugro Equator in the search for missing flight …

Depression linked to cognitive decline, Alzheimer's, WA researchers find

Depression may be a precursor to Alzheimer's disease and could be used in a test to screen those not genetically predisposed to the disease, …

The Aboriginal war dance: What it means

In the wake of the Adam Goodes booing saga, Lateline met with Russell Dawson, Cecil McLeod and 'Turtle' of the Koomurri dance group on the shores of …

From jams to long table dinners: Lodging house cooks up path from homelessness

Weekly cooking classes at the 100 Hampton Road lodging house in Fremantle are helping to lead people on a path from homelessness to employment.<p>Each …

Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest's charities weighed down by Fortescue's falling share price - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Millions of dollars have been wiped off the value of charities associated with iron ore magnate Andrew Forrest as their value plummets in tandem with …

WA Aboriginal children 53 times more likely to be jailed than peers, Amnesty report reveals

Western Australia's Chief Justice Wayne Martin says the justice system must accept some of the blame for what he describes as "appalling" Aboriginal …

Perth barbers and Salvation Army team up to provide haircuts for homeless

A group of Perth barbers have teamed up with a local charity to give free haircuts to the homeless.<p>They took over the Salvation Army in Northbridge …

Dropping off the Edge report reveals link between poor internet access and disadvantage in WA

A report has highlighted a strong link in Western Australia between disadvantage and poor access to the internet.<p>The research also found people …

The Square Kilometre Array: radio silence in Western Australia for most powerful telescope in history

In outback Western Australia, around 350k northeast of the small town of Geraldton, lies an area of land about the size of the Netherlands, but with only 100 humans living in it: the shire of Murchison.<p>The land looks beautiful but far from unusual as you head up the long red road north – mostly …

Astronomy

Unique group of investors push for more female entrepreneurship in Australia

A network of mostly female investors is hoping to boost the number of Australian women in entrepreneurship.<p>Scale Investors was set up in 2013 and has …

Indigenous culture and astrophysics: a path to reconciliation

It has been my privilege over the last six years to work on a project that combines an Indigenous Australian perspective of the universe with …

Galaxy almost 5 billion light-years away discovered by WA desert telescope

A high-tech telescope situated in Western Australia's desert has discovered a galaxy almost five billion light-years away.<p>Six satellite dishes in a …

Universe

New report: the chance to rescue the world's oceans from climate change is drifting away

Until recently, you might be forgiven for thinking that the oceans were a trivial component of Earth’s climate system, and that the consequences of …

How mandatory treatment for public drunkenness is failing Aboriginal people

A Commonwealth body has called for the Northern Territory government to roll back its mandatory treatment program for “problem …