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  • A year in the life of a small not-for-profit

    Tina Briggs     |      July 18, 2018

    The International Centre for Democratic Partnerships is celebrating its first birthday. Created by Global Access Partners, this independent, non-political organisation encourages dialogue, discussions and better relationships between current and emerging leaders in Australia and the Pacific.

  • Omega-3 supplements don’t help your heart

    Open Forum     |      July 18, 2018

    Omega-3 supplements may not be all they’re cracked up to be, according to a comprehensive Cochrane review which found that increasing the amount of long-chain omega 3 fats (those found in fish) in our diets doesn’t make our hearts any healthier.

  • Loneliness is contagious – and here’s how to beat it

    Olivia Remes     |      July 18, 2018

    Loneliness is a common condition affecting around one in three adults. It damages your brain, immune system, and can lead to depression and suicide. The best way to escape it may lie in changing your perceptions of the world around you.

  • How private companies are launching a new space age

    Monica Grady     |      July 18, 2018

    Private companies are increasingly challenging national space agencies in a new space race which comes with great opportunities but also carries significant risks.

  • Advancing entrepreneurship in Papua New Guinea

    Winifred Kula Amini     |      July 17, 2018

    One of the members of Pacific Connect Business Network Dialogue, Winifred Kula Amini, talks about the recent launch of the PNG Digital ICT Cluster and an SME Accelerator Program in Port Moresby.

  • Australia to lead the charge on lithium-ion battery recycling

    Open Forum     |      July 17, 2018

    A new battery recycling industry to tackle Australia’s annual 3,300 tonnes of lithium-ion battery waste could be on the cards, according to a new report by the national science agency.

  • Why plastic bag bans triggered such a huge reaction

    Rebekah Russell-Bennett     |      July 17, 2018

    Despite the obvious benefits of reducing litter and waste, the removal of single use plastic bags from supermarkets has sparked a hostile reaction from some shoppers.

  • Australia’s newest snake may already be endangered

    Open Forum     |      July 17, 2018

    The ink has barely dried on a scientific paper describing a new species of snake, yet the reptile may already be in danger of extinction due to mining. A team of biologists led by The University of Queensland’s Associate Professor Bryan Fry discovered a new species of bandy-bandy snake at Weipa on the west coast of the Cape York Peninsula.

  • Nature and science join forces to fight surgical infections

    Open Forum     |      July 16, 2018

    South Australian researchers are embarking on a $20 million medical and manufacturing research project which could reduce the chance of infection after orthopaedic surgery, thanks to a little help from the humble dragonfly.

  • The future of the US–Australia alliance

    Charles Edel     |      July 16, 2018

    The rules based order supported by democratic alliances has done much to ensure global peace and development, but it must renew itself in the face of external threats and internal doubts to meet the challenges it faces today.

  • Rethinking Homo sapiens

    Darren Curnoe     |      July 16, 2018

    For a long time, the evidence has been overwhelming that Homo sapiens evolved in Africa and later spilled out of the continent to settle the rest of the planet. But is the story of our origins really as simple as it seems? A new commentary written by UK and German scientists suggests not.

  • Why the ABC must stand firm against threats to its independence

    Denis Muller     |      July 15, 2018

    Editorial independence does not mean giving journalists licence to broadcast or publish whatever they want or to avoid accountability for their mistakes. It means encouraging journalists to tackle important stories regardless of what people in power might think.