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A new report by the Australian Industry group claims that low literacy and numeracy skills in the Australian workforce are affecting business.

Humans have now been living on the International Space Station for 15 years. Here’s what we’ve learned.

The potential health benefits of energy-burning brown and beige fat might be not the effect on weight, but rather on blood sugar and cholesterol.

It has been a century since Einstein presented his theory of general relativity but it is still helping us unveil some of the deepest mysteries of the universe. Now the LISA pathfinder mission will prepare the way for us to study violent events that we’ve never seen before – such as the creation of massive black holes.

Cats share some important genes associated with herbivores – this might explain their particular eating habits.

Witnessing an aurora first-hand is a truly awe-inspiring experience. The natural beauty of the northern or southern lights captures the public imagination unlike any other aspect of space weather. But auroras aren’t unique to Earth and can be seen on several other planets in our solar system.

Some recent studies have suggested that trees may in fact worsen urban air quality by trapping pollutants at street level.

Saturn’s 502km-diameter icy moon Enceladus has fascinated scientists since it was first seen up close by NASA’s Voyager probes in the 1980s. The moon is venting plumes of ice particles into space including traces of methane, carbon and simple organic compounds – making it a good candidate for harbouring life.

Scientific publishing has undergone a revolution in recent years – largely due to the internet. And it shows no sign of letting up as a growing number of countries attempt to ensure that research papers are made freely available. Publishers are struggling to adapt their business models to the new challenges. But it is not just the publishers who struggle.

The crowd crush at the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia has claimed the lives of more than 700 people and injured at least 850 more. Sadly this is not the first such tragedy to affect the event. The Hajj attracts millions of pilgrims from across the world every year and involves several complex rituals, which means it is always a potentially dangerous event.