Australian politics, society & culture

Biology

Mary Finister at work. © Michael Amendolia
Meeting Mary Finsterer
By Andrew Ford
A Victorian-era postcard an age-old problem. © Wikimedia Commons
'Sex: An Unnatural History'
By Anne Summers
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By James Bradley
Richard Dawkins' 'The Greatest Show on Earth'
By Ian Lowe
You wouldn’t believe me if I claimed that almost half the people in a rich, modern country still thought the earth was flat, or that the Roman Empire never existed. It would be a ridiculous assertion. Yet almost half of all adults in the United States believe that human beings did not evolve from other species, but
Martin Jones’s ‘Feast’
By Gay Bilson
Near the beginning of William Golding's 1955 novel The Inheritors, an old woman makes fire, opening a ball of clay, placing it over an old patch of the same and breathing on it. She places twigs, leaves and rotting organic material on the clay and blows again. "She began to work the wet clay with her fingers, tidying
How Do Creatures Think?
By Robyn Davidson
As I do. And have always done.I have studied them in the wild, worked with them, shared my homes with them. Though ‘pets' seems too diminished a term to give to those aliens who have, throughout my life, kept me company, amused me, amazed me. Dogs, cats, parrots, ravens ... they have reconnected me with nature when I'
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Ashley Hay
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Kate Holden
By Chloe Hooper
Nearly six months after the Grampians bushfires, the national park has the eerie beauty of a land from a fairytale. Rows of blackened trees are decked in regrowth resembling green fur coats. These epicormic shoots are signs of the park’s recovery. The Australian bush is, after all, pyromaniacal. Many species,