• Pacific

    Mobile money creates opportunities in PNG


    Mark Moran |  November 13, 2018


    PNG is a place of great complexity, with a development landscape littered with failed efforts. The potential for mobile money is often expressed in terms of financial inclusion, but there is also potential to improve development and governance.


  • Society

    Why do people become homeless?


    Julie Moschion |  November 13, 2018


    While the majority of the general public thinks drug addiction is the main reason for homelessness, the reality can be quite different. Drug use can follow homelessness, which in turn is often a product of parental separation.


  • Science and Technology

    Where to next on the final frontier?


    Malcolm Davis |  November 13, 2018


    A critical mass of participants, initiatives and developments are riding a wave of government enthusiasm and private-sector support for Australia’s space industry. It’s a good time to be involved in the sector, but what should its priorities be from here?


Latest Story

  • Negative age stereotypes deter older employees

    Open Forum     |      November 9, 2018

    A study led by University of Queensland School of Psychology researcher Dr Courtney von Hippel found that older employees who feel labelled at work are more likely to have a negative attitude about their job and may be prematurely exiting the workforce.

  • Learning in the homelands

    Bernadette Murphy     |      November 8, 2018

    In the Indigenous Homelands of East Arnhem Land, pre-service teachers are learning the value of place and listening.

  • Drugs in our waterways, the bugs and beyond

    Open Forum     |      November 8, 2018

    Medicines designed for humans are finding their way into our rivers and streams and are accumulating in insects and their predators with potentially damaging effects on the food chain.

  • Why Australia’s aid is a key soft-power asset

    Dane Moores     |      November 8, 2018

    An expanded program to reduce poverty and encourage human development in our region would multiply the positive outcomes of Australian aid and improve Australia’s standing and influence in the world.

  • Tinkering can achieve a lot. Politics isn’t broken

    Emily Millane     |      November 7, 2018

    Today’s politicians are often criticised for failing to deliver the bold, sweeping reforms of their predecessors, but in reality much of the progress in our political and social systems comes through gradual and incremental change.

  • The capitalist chains of creativity

    David Beer     |      November 7, 2018

    Has capitalism co-opted our creative juices to merely perpetuate itself? Oli Mould’s new book ‘Against Creativity’ suggests that modern conceptions of creativity are limiting our ability to conceive alternatives.

  • 10 health benefits of regular physical activity

    Diana Smith     |      November 7, 2018

    There are many ways we can stay physically active, from hitting the gym to going jogging, swimming or even dancing, here are ten of the benefits of getting fit and staying strong.

  • AI will match human intelligence by 2062

    Lori Youmshajekian     |      November 6, 2018

    UNSW Professor Toby Walsh has told the Festival of Dangerous Ideas that Artificial Intelligence is less than 50 years away from matching humans.

  • Bush plant medicine project set to bloom

    Open Forum     |      November 6, 2018

    An Australian-first research and commercial partnership aims to explore the development of a sustainable agribusiness model for traditional Australian medicinal plants growing in northern Australia.

  • Low-cost tsunami warning system could help protect Pacific islanders

    Open Forum     |      November 6, 2018

    A simple and low cost early warning system could help prevent deaths in regions vulnerable to tsunamis after successful trials in Vanuatu last month.

  • 5 ways to mitigate drug and alcohol cravings

    Tricia Moceo     |      November 5, 2018

    Practicing healthy habits helps improve everyone’s well-being, but can be especially helpful to people struggle to recover from drug and alcohol addictions. When we look after ourselves and find find pleasure in mundane daily tasks, anxiety over uncontrollable stressors – and the risk of relapse – lowers substantially.

  • What came before #MeToo? The ‘himpathy’ that shaped misogyny

    Lilian Calles Barger     |      November 5, 2018

    Unless #MeToo successfully expands beyond professional women by reaching out to empower pink- and blue-collar women who suffer in silence under male supervisors, it will leave its mark but will not have done its most significant work.