Australian magpies can understand other bird calls, study finds | Environment

Australian magpies can understand what other birds are saying to each other, a new study has found. The research, published in the journal Animal Behaviour, says the wily magpie has learned the meanings of different noisy miner calls and essentially eavesdrops to find out which predators are near. Noisy miners …

Ancient Aboriginal patch burning helping understand fire impact on Tasmanian landscape

Ancient Aboriginal patch burning helping understand fire impact on Tasmanian landscape

Posted April 18, 2018 20:07:29 Photo: Researchers are studying what happens to biodiversity after bushfires. (ABC News: Carla Howarth) Related Story: ‘Ecological burns’ bolster growth in rare plant species Tasmania’s Aboriginal community is working with a Midlands farmer on a research project using ancient fire methods as an alternative to …

‘Shakespeare intended it be performed’: The key to helping children understand his texts

‘Shakespeare intended it be performed’: The key to helping children understand his texts

Posted April 08, 2018 12:16:41 Photo: Tawny Gleeson says she has so far never had the courage to introduce Shakespeare to her students. (ABC News: Nick Lowther) Reading and understanding the language of Shakespeare is the stuff of nightmares for many school students facing English exams. It is also a …

Vladimir Putin: How to understand the Russian President’s view of the world

Vladimir Putin: How to understand the Russian President’s view of the world

Updated March 19, 2018 19:05:01 Photo: Vladimir Putin and other senior Russian policymakers expect all states to behave as Russia does. (AP: Pavel Golovkin) Vladimir Putin has won re-election by an even greater margin than expected. But he begins his fourth term as president facing antagonism from numerous world leaders …