How to learn almost anything in 48 hours

Tansel Ali’s second book makes a bold and alluring promise. It suggests that what is difficult can be made easy, and what normally takes a long time to master can be conquered very quickly. Best of all: anyone can do it. The key, as Tansel explains, is memory techniques. Memory techniques can help you learn […]

Bright lights, big city

The enduring symbols of Australia point to times past, when the country was borne on the sheep’s back and rural living was just life. In 2015 Australia has become one of the world’s most urbanised countries, with three-quarters of us calling cities with populations greater than 100,000 people home. But while urban living has brought […]

All the small things

We’ve heard it before: ‘Twice is coincidence. Three times is a pattern.’ What this refrain gets at is another pithy statement – that the little things all add up. This holds for a range of examples, be it ice core readings or a husband repeatedly returning home suspiciously late from work. And, it seems, a […]

The Best Australian Science Writing 2014

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the more we learn, the more we realise how much there is to be learned. In present day, there are many mysteries about the natural world and the universe that have been unlocked through science, but as a story about graphene in The Best Australian Science Writing 2014 […]

Long way to the top

Abraham Lincoln once said, ‘Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.’ The attainment of power, however, does not often come without its share of adversity. ABC broadcaster Geraldine Doogue’s new book The Climb: Conversations with Australian Women in Power charts the journeys of leading […]