Why the census matters

via The ConversationThe Census is useful and important. Governments and policy makers remain dependent upon the information it provides to govern ...

Have helmet laws put the skids on Australia’s bike share scheme?

via The ConversationPublic bicycle hire schemes have the potential to generate the well-known health benefits that come with increased ...

Evil descends on the NBN? Erm, not quite

via The ConversationAnother day, another hacking exploit makes headlines. This time it’s a “self-taught, lone hacker”, David Cecil, apparently ...

Monday’s medical myth: you can catch a cold by getting cold

via The ConversationColds are more common in the cold winter months. But does the weather have anything to do with why we get sick? These days, we ...

Rugby union football in the 21st century: quo vadis?

via The ConversationRumours of the demise of rugby union are a bit like those of Mark Twain’s “first” death – greatly exaggerated. The recent and ...

Cadel Evans and other machines: the science of the Tour de France time trial

via The ConversationFollowing the 18th stage of the 2011 Tour de France last night, the top six riders are within less than four minutes of one ...

Gus Nossal: we can win the war against infectious disease, and here’s how

via The ConversationThe Lancet, one of most prestigious medical journals in the world recently published a series of five papers on “the new decade ...

Mamas know best: women with children trust peer endorsements over marketing

via The ConversationResearch shows mothers prefer advice from their peers about health-care providers and medication. Such referrals are more ...

The science of elite cycling: Tour de France (stages 12 to 21)

via The ConversationThis is the second in a two-part series about the science of Le Tour de France. Part one is here. After 1,916 kilometres of ......

Monday’s medical myth: chicken soup cures the common cold

via The ConversationOf all the homemade winter cure-alls, chicken soup is the best known and most loved. In fact the term “chicken soup” has become ...

Why ‘It’s never lupus’ – television, illness and the making of a meme

via The ConversationOn the television show House, doctors try to diagnose mysterious illnesses, and often when time is running out all other ...

Want to win at gambling? Use your head

via The ConversationGAMBLING IN AUSTRALIA – Some say “punting is a mug’s game”. But is this always true, or can an astute gambler make long-term ...