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  • The First Pacific Connect Business Network Dialogue – Communiqué to key stakeholders

    Open Forum     |      June 19, 2018

    The Communiqué from the initial Pacific Connect Business Network Dialogue, held in March in Port Moresby, has been released, outlining new projects in PNG based on blockchain and digital identity.

  • Tasmania’s ‘Battery of the Nation’ is an expensive boondoggle in the age of distributed resources

    Peter Farley     |      June 19, 2018

    While pumped-hydro storage can play a role close to existing transmission infrastructure or centres of demand, the process remains expensive and inefficient. Investment in more renewable generation on the mainland would therefore be far more effective than Tasmania’s proposed ‘Battery of the Nation’ scheme.

  • Renovation tips for a green home

    Amelia Atkins     |      June 19, 2018

    If you’re planning a domestic renovation, incorporating a few eco-friendly elements will make your home more energy and water-efficient, less harmful to the environment, and friendlier to your wallet too!

  • Take some simple steps to beat anxiety

    Olivia Remes     |      June 18, 2018

    Do you suffer from anxiety? Have you tried just about everything to get over it, but it just keeps coming back? Perhaps you thought you had got over it, only for the symptoms to return with a vengeance? Whatever your circumstances, science can help you to beat anxiety for good.

  • Why soccer is falling behind AFL and rugby in Australia

    Steve Georgakis     |      June 18, 2018

    While soccer has a long history in the Australian sporting landscape, soccer has seldom challenged Rugby League and Australian Rules Football in popularity. The early 21st century boom is over but Australian success in the 2018 World Cup and domestic reform could offer a way forward.

  • Pygmy perches once swam across arid Southern Australia

    Open Forum     |      June 18, 2018

    Pygmy perches were, at some point in ancient history, able to swim east to west in freshwater in a area of central southern Australia which is now completely dry, suggesting rivers once flowed in areas of the country which are now completely arid.

  • Resources curse PNG communities’ future

    Michael Main     |      June 17, 2018

    Two recent reports on the massive ExxonMobil-led PNG LNG project have brought renewed attention to the undesirable economic and social impacts of Papua New Guinea’s largest-ever resource extraction enterprise.

  • The ‘criss-cross’ history hidden in a colonist’s letter

    Katherine Ellinghaus     |      June 17, 2018

    A colonist’s letter of 1839 is crammed with adventure, but holds a deeper and unsettling insight into the history of Australia’s frontier conflict.

  • Investing in coral reefs could protect global communities

    Open Forum     |      June 17, 2018

    Coastal development and climate change are increasing the risk of flooding for communities across the globe.  Unfortunately, the coral reefs which provide a first line of defense to countries around the world are being rapidly degraded.

  • Why do medical specialist consultation fees vary so much?

    Andrew Trounson     |      June 16, 2018

    A new report highlights the wide variation in fees and earnings among medical specialists, pointing to the need for more transparency in healthcare charges

  • Australia’s future in space

    Peter Jennings     |      June 16, 2018

    After decades of prevarication, the arrival of the Australian Space Agency is a very welcome development. Business is buzzing with the potential for expanding space-related work and Defence has never been better equipped with space-enabled platforms and technology.

  • The cow with the face of a bulldog

    Isabelle Dubach     |      June 16, 2018

    Scientists have used the latest genetic and anatomical techniques to study the remains of a cow with a short face like a bulldog that fascinated Charles Darwin when he saw it in Argentina 180 years ago.