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  • Defence must adapt fast, or fail

    Brendan Nicholson     |      July 9, 2018

    The overwhelming speed of technological development means armed forces must change their approach to everything from who they recruit and train to how targets are attacked and how a nation defends itself.

  • Hospital hand hygiene may be worse than reported

    Open Forum     |      July 9, 2018

    Hospital staff pay dramatically less attention to hand hygiene when they feel no one is watching, a new study reveals. The research suggests government reported compliance rates are overstated.

  • Gender equality in Australia under review by UN Committee

    Susan Hutchinson     |      July 8, 2018

    The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women recently reviewed Australia’s record on women’s rights. So, how did Australia fare? Susan Hutchinson and Hannah Gissane offer an overview of Australia’s record on health, domestic violence, economic security, and homelessness.  

  • Must love jokes: why we look for a partner who laughs (and makes us laugh)

    Mark Alfano     |      July 8, 2018

    Studies of courtship on Tinder and Facebook show that a sense of humour is the most valued quality in a potential mate. Whether we’re looking for love or lust, we look for someone with a good sense of humour.

  • Global warming may be double current forecasts

    Open Forum     |      July 8, 2018

    A new study based on evidence from past warm periods in the Earth’s history suggests that the effects of man-made global warming may be double what is currently forecast.

  • Smart city planning can preserve old trees and the wildlife that needs them

    Philip Gibbons     |      July 7, 2018

    The ecological value of old trees is irreplaceable for native Australian fauna. Identifying and preserving these trees in cities through smarter planning strategies is important for local wildlife.

  • Fifty years of physics

    Daryl Holland     |      July 7, 2018

    To celebrate 50 years of the July Lectures in Physics at Melbourne University, Professor David Jamieson looks back at four physics discoveries that have changed the world and wonders what might be to come.

  • Combined stresses push nation’s ecosystems to ‘tipping point’

    Open Forum     |      July 7, 2018

    New research argues suggests that Australia’s ecosystems are at a ‘tipping point’ due to the combined stresses of climate change and extreme weather events.

  • An army is made of its people

    Brendan Nicholson     |      July 7, 2018

    The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Hamel has been remembered as the first time American troops fought under an Australian general and a textbook study of how to plan an attack. However the individual stories from the battle underline the fact that an army is only as good as its people.

  • Eyes ‘wired’ open: preparing for chemical and biological threats

    Rebecca Hoile     |      July 6, 2018

    Is Australia preparing for the threat of chemical weapons, as used by Vladimir Putin’s Russia against dissidents in Britain, the Syrian regime against civilians and threatened by ISIS and other terrorist groups?

  • Irrigation and development threaten the birds of Narran Lakes

    Open Forum     |      July 6, 2018

    A long-term UNSW Sydney study shows the impact of irrigation and development on the breeding of colonial waterbirds in Narran Lakes.

  • Are Australians ready for driverless cars?

    Open Forum     |      July 6, 2018

    The authors of a new report on public attitudes to driverless cars say people might be more receptive towards autonomous vehicles if they understood their potential to reduce crashes, emissions and driving stress and improve cyclist safety and mobility for those unable to drive.