AMY CORDEROY Doctors at one of Sydney's top hospitals say emergency and resuscitation beds that are desperately needed for patient care are lying dormant because of funding shortfalls.
MATT WADE The cost of mental illness to Australia's collective wellbeing has reached $190 billion a year - equivalent to about 12 per cent of the economy's annual output.
CONRAD WALTERS In Code Land, California, where artist and computer scientist Jonathan Harris spends much of his time, 10,000 daisies can sway in unison and birds with identical plumage can soar across the sky in parallel lines. But it would be awfully boring.
Craig Butt Welcome to GovHack, a nation-wide carnival of innovation that drew people to work with public government data.
Marc Moncrief and Craig Butt He was half-naked, his body was broken and Michael Walker could not remember a thing.
Craig Butt Hundreds of computer tinkerers, journalists, techno-boffins and curious others are gathering in cities across the country to point their skills at government data.
See if your favourite restaurant is on the state's name and shame list.
Nino Bucci, Craig Butt and Jared Lynch Family violence has again been used to explain a leap in the state's crime rate.
RACHEL BROWNE Opinion Australian immunisation rates are lower than those of many developing countries including Rwanda, Eritrea and Bangladesh, according to a global report.
Craig Butt and Aisha Dow Serious injuries among middle-aged cyclists have almost tripled in Victoria since 2000, analysis of Transport Accident Commission data shows.
Marc Moncrief and Aisha Dow Researchers have identified the five areas in Melbourne where cyclists are most likely to be killed or seriously injured.
Our map shows where tornadoes have pummelled the US in the years between 2000 and 2012. Courtesy of the Border Mail.
JOSEPHINE TOVEY Teacher Tim Creighton had a simple goal: raise a few hundred dollars to buy some camera equipment for his students.
Explore this year's federal budget to see where the money comes from and goes to.
CONRAD WALTERS It might look like Star Wars made on a budget of $7.39, but this video compresses weeks of work into just over three minutes.
STEPHANIE PEATLING Opinion The Coalition's paid parental leave would be among the most generous in the world both in its length and the amount it paid to parents.
Damien Murphy Out west of the Great Dividing Range they say if your name begins with "Mc" you never fall down.
CONRAD WALTERS Surely, Excel must have a formula to calculate who does the most dinner dishes. Or takes out the trash the most frequently, while it's raining, in winter, when children are bellowing.
Tom Arup China, which emits one-quarter of the world's greenhouse gases, is about to embark on a massive and ambitious experiment in emissions trading.
Josh Gordon, Richard Willingham and Henrietta Cook Despite recent road disasters in Sydney and Brisbane, Victorian Treasurer Michael O'Brien says he's confident of private-sector interest to invest in Melbourne's east-west road tunnel.
MATT WADE How many surgeons does it take to earn a billion dollars? Surprisingly few, according to the latest tax figures.
SAFFRON HOWDEN Gone are the days of the pitter patter of little feet rushing to the sound of the postman delivering the mail.
Craig Butt and Thomas Hounslow The Twitter accounts of Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott, Kevin Rudd and other prominent politicians are being targeted by ''spam bots'', dramatically inflating their follower numbers.
Tim Barlass An extract from the diary of Aubrey Wiltshire, a bank officer from Melbourne who served with the 22nd Battalion, D Company, AIF. Wiltshire was 24 years old when he boarded HMAT Ulysses on May 10, 1915.
Hannah Fairfield Alzheimer's disease, high blood pressure and heart disease are the three most common chronic conditions among residents of assisted living facilities, according to a new US government study.
ILYA GRIDNEFF NSW is safer than it has been for nearly two decades and crime statistics show Sydney is a city where victims are more likely to be robbed than attacked.
JOSEPHINE TOVEY Primary schools in Sydney's inner and northern suburbs are undergoing an explosion in enrolments, with some schools growing more than 200 per cent in the number of students in just five years.
Jason Dowling and Adam Carey More people are driving solo in Melbourne's choked peak-hour traffic, with thousands of motorists being fined every year for driving in bus or transit lanes.
Jewel Topsfield and Craig Butt Almost 20 per cent of Victorian independent schools - including low-fee schools in struggling areas - would lose money next year under the Commonwealth's funding reforms, according to Independent Schools Victoria.
Craig Butt, Daniella Miletic Emily Wright owns a cafe in Northcote, and has noticed a big change in the area's demography in the last three years.
Craig Butt About 35 kilometres separate Ardeer and Warrandyte, and the two postcodes could not be any further apart when it comes to crime.
MATT WADE Ku-ring-gai on Sydney's north shore has been ranked the second most advantaged neighbourhood in Australia by the Bureau of Statistics. But in a sign of how the mining boom is reshaping Australia, Perth now has four of the nation's five most socio-economically advantaged council areas.
Craig Butt Just crossing the street can mean the difference between hardship and prosperity in one neighbourhood in Melbourne's south-east.
Marc Moncrief Neighbouring neighbourhoods Broadmeadows and Dallas among Victoria's most disadvantaged towns according to latest Census release.
Larissa Ham Meet the Australian corporates who are giving up the big bucks to perform charity work overseas.
See every Australian tornado visualised in this marvelous interactive feature by our colleagues at the Border Mail.
Deborah Snow More than 100 Australians died in Thailand last year and 60 in Greece, making these two countries - for different reasons - among the places where Australians are most likely to meet their end while travelling abroad.
GLENDA KWEK The AFL is the biggest money spinner among the football codes, raking in three times the revenue of the NRL, four times that of the A-League and six times that of rugby union, a private report says.
MICHAEL GORDON Opinion Rather than call Rudd's supporters in cabinet one by one, Gillard has put the onus on them.
Marissa Calligeros and Danielle Cronin The increasing threat posed by synthetic drugs readily available online or in stores as "legal highs" and the rise of social drug users are causing serious concern among those at the pointy end of Queensland's drug battle.
MARISSA CALLIGEROS On a sunny Tuesday morning last November, a cargo ship from Vietnam arrived in Brisbane.
Ben Butler and Craig Butt Crown has started flying its three luxury jets to emerging Asian economies including Thailand and Cambodia as it trawls the region for high-rollers, an analysis of flight data reveals.
PETER HANNAM The December-February stretch broke records for heat, with the nation's average maximum of 35.7 degrees beating the record set 30 years ago.
JONATHAN SWAN Julia Gillard's campaign to portray Tony Abbott as a misogynist falls flat in western Sydney, according to a new Fairfax poll.
Kate Hagan Victoria's elective surgery waiting list has grown by more than 10,000 patients under the government of Premier Ted Baillieu.
Ellen Nakashima The Obama administration warned on Wednesday it would launch new efforts to persuade China and other countries to halt the theft of billions of dollars' worth of US trade secrets.
Nicole Hasham Sydney Water has abandoned a decade-long push for Sydneysiders to cut their usage because pursuing more efficiencies would drive up bills.
Ben Cubby, Sean Nicholls The NSW government's new coal seam gas restrictions have hit projects valued in the billions of dollars.
MARK KENNY Support for Julia Gillard and her government has slumped, wiping out most of the gains made since the carbon tax was introduced last year and raising the chances that she could be replaced by Kevin Rudd.
Jewel Topsfield, Craig Butt and Lara O'Toole A parent whose child is born this year faces half a million dollars in school costs if they pick an independent school in Melbourne from pre-school to year 12.
Ilya Gridneff, Tom Arup, Jacob Saulwick Sydney endured its hottest ever day on Friday, with records smashed across the city and thousands of people suffering from the heat.
Benjamin Preiss and Craig Butt Entry rankings to study teaching at Victorian universities have fallen again, calling into question the federal government's aim of attracting top-performing students to the profession.
AMY CORDEROY Nearly a third of all health claims on food sold in NSW supermarkets will have to be removed under laws to be introduced from Friday, research has found.
Josephine Tovey, Amy McNeilage A Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronic) (Space) at the University of Sydney had the highest Australian Tertiary Admission Rank cut-off of any of the degrees in the main round of offers.
Benjamin Preiss The wait is over for thousands of young Victorians who find out this afternoon if they have been accepted into university or TAFE.
Bevan Shields The Coonabarabran fire in South Australia is bigger than about 75 different countries, including Luxembourg, Samoa and Singapore. Compare its size to your home town on our interactive map.
RACHEL OLDING Halfway along a dirt road between Coober Pedy and the Simpson Desert, a little sea of shimmering corrugated iron roofs marks the hottest place in Australia.
Peter Martin Opinion Australia's supply of vacant jobs is dwindling, making it harder to find work than it has been in years.
AMY CORDEROY Behind the healthy and wealthy facade of the northern beaches lies a secret problem: alcohol.
Brian Robins The fallout from the weak global economy has forced down residential land values in Sydney for the first time in six years.
Karen Thorne Bondi Beach cleared, shark sightings forcing swimmers out of Manly's surf, a lifeguard knocked off his board at Dee Why – Sydneysiders heading to the beach could be excused for feeling under threat.
Bianca Hall Opinion Is $2 billion a year too much to help Australia's most impoverished people?
How would you balance the books? Have a go at being the Treasurer with our interactive.
How Australia got to 23 million.
Browse through data on Australia's population to see how we live.
Mapping the spate of shootings in Sydney over a calendar year.
Our interactive map compares modes of travel in the Victorian capital.
Our interactive tour of the attack, the terrorist and the lives lost.
Revealed: Politicians' gifts, trips and tickets. A searchable database.
Friends with money: the global social phenomenon.
Map the links between Australia's top companies.
Australian startup innovation goes to Silicon Valley.
The road home for Aussie soldiers injured in battle.
Visualise all the numbers in the 2012 Federal Budget.
Searchable database: How NSW schools rank.