Sleep apnoea and snoring were once thought to be “disorders of middle-aged men”, but  latest research suggests snoring affects half of adult men, while sleep apnoea affects a quarter. Photograph: iStock

Sleeping disorders such as sleep apnoea and snoring are rising dramatically in line with an obesity epidemic globally, according to a world-leading sl(...)

Australia’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (second left) answers a question from the opposition in parliament as minister for home affairs Peter Dutton (right) listens  in Canberra on Monday. Photograph: Sean Davey/AFP/Getty Images

Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s prime minister, has shelved his government’s flagship energy policy, threatened to break up power companies and dumped n(...)

Rosie O’Shea is a lecturer and researcher in genetic counselling at the University of Sydney in Australia

This week, Rosie O Shea from Kerry on working as a lecturer and genetic counsellor in research and education in Sydney, Australia. Where are you from(...)

The PNG government said it would be studying how other countries were handling Facebook around the world, and the impact of government policies on private users of the network

The Papua New Guinean government will ban Facebook for a month in a bid to crack down on “fake users” and study the effects the website is having on t(...)

“Personal history can also give an unconscious preference for one or another”. Photograph: iStock

A short audio clip of a computer-generated voice has become the most divisive subject on the internet since the gold/blue dress controversy of 2015. (...)

The long haul  was made by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner called Emily,  decorated with indigenous livery based on the artwork ‘Yam Dreaming’ by Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Photograph: Brent Winstone/EPA

Qantas Airways made a giant leap forward in long-haul travel with an inaugural non-stop flight between Australia and Britain in less than 24(...)

Pregnant women can exercise in warm weather and use saunas or hot baths without risking the health of their unborn child, according to a study which c(...)

Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Businesses are worried that the visa crackdown will hit recruitment. Photograph: iStock

When Australia’s A$49 billion (€32.6 billion) plan to build a high-speed internet network risked going awry in late 2013, then communications minister(...)

Police secure the gate as supporters of Jakarta’s governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who has been jailed for two years after being found guilty of blasphemy,  gather outside the Jakarta Cipinang prison, Jakarta, Indonesia,  May 9th, 2017. Photograph: Goh Chai Hin/AFP/Getty Images

Jakarta’s Christian governor was sentenced to two years in jail for blasphemy against Islam on Tuesday, a harsher-than-expected ruling that is being s(...)

Zealandia is a step closer to being recognised as a continent, the authors of a new scientific paper claim.  File photograph: Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images

Zealandia - a land mass submerged in the southwest Pacific - is a step closer to being recognised as a continent, the authors of a new scientific pape(...)