• I heart love

    Open Forum     |      February 15, 2020

    It may not be a Shakespearean sonnet, but the language of love in the 21st century is just as affectionate and meaningful as it ever was, according to University of South Australia linguist, Dr David Caldwell.

  • Back of the net, Buntaram

    Andy Fuller     |      February 15, 2020

    Soccer lags well behind AFL, rugby and cricket in Australian sporting affections, and Australian fans are must more likely to follow the fortunes of major British clubs than show interest in their Asian neighbours.

  • Dating the Kimberley Gwion Gwion rock figures

    Open Forum     |      February 11, 2020

    Archaeologists at The University of Western Australia are part of a national team of researchers that has been able to more accurately date a significant number of the Kimberley’s most remarkable ancient rock art to more than 10,000 years ago.

  • Shots fired in the culture wars

    Heidi Harrington Johnson     |      February 10, 2020

    UNSW Associate Professor Lizzie Muller is urging the arts sector to come together to fight for the arts in schools after the federal arts department was amalgamated into another portfolio.

  • Does that word mean what you think it means?

    Muriel Reddy     |      January 9, 2020

    Words change their meaning over time, but it can be hard to keep up, especially when some words evolve to mean the opposite of their original definition.

  • Robots won’t replace our need to work

    Jean-Philippe Deranty     |      January 3, 2020

    As machine automation and artificial intelligence surge, there’s paranoia our jobs will be overrun by robots. But even if this happens, labour won’t disappear, because humans need to work.

  • Searching for love, laughter and adventure? Read a book

    Margot Hillel     |      January 3, 2020

    Whether you’re spending the holidays at the beach or at home, the summer break from school offers a great opportunity for teens to catch up on some reading.

  • The weird world of Christmas traditions

    Hannah Harewood Gould     |      December 29, 2019

    Christmas is over for another year.  How did you celebrate it?  From wrapping presents to decorating a tree, some of the traditions many of us associate with Christmas get their own cultural spin in very different ways around the world.

  • Art is good for your health

    Open Forum     |      December 28, 2019

    Regular visits to museums, art galleries, the theatre or concerts is linked to a longer life, according to a new study in Britain.

  • The changing face of the park barbecue

    Open Forum     |      December 26, 2019

    Gathering around the barbecue in public spaces is a time-honoured tradition, but the utilitarian barbecues in our local parks need to change to reflect the diverse needs of our communities.

  • The evolving story of Hanukkah

    Rebecca Forgasz     |      December 25, 2019

    The eight-day Jewish festival of Hanukkah began on Sunday, December 22, and although its roots lay in the distant past, it has evolved markedly in recent years, particularly in America.

  • Whatever happened to Christmas films?

    Lisa Needham     |      December 25, 2019

    Every festive season for years, we’ve been served Christmas schmaltz at the movies, but that’s now changing. And while we’re on the subject, why is Die Hard a Christmas film?