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  • A driverless future? Don’t believe the hype

    Graham Currie     |      January 15, 2019

    Old fashioned public transport, rather than new business models such as uber or new technology in the form of driverless cars, will remain the backbone of urban mass transport for the foreseeable future.

  • Crowdsourcing the problem of lower back pain

    Jorge Goncalves     |      January 15, 2019

    Crowdsourcing information and opinions from people who have experienced low back pain first-hand can provide sufferers with effective information and support.

  • The costs of containing China

    Hugh White     |      January 15, 2019

    Washington’s policymakers have finally realised that China is a serious strategic rival. Now they must decide what, if anything, to do about it.

  • You need more sleep, not supplements

    Saverio Stranges     |      January 14, 2019

    Many people in Australia, Canada and other western nations buy vitamins and diet supplements, but the best way to boost our health is still to eat properly, exercise regularly and get enough sleep.

  • Digging below the surface of Australian farming

    Christopher Mayes     |      January 14, 2019

    Like the Anzac soldier and bronzed surf lifesaver, the farmer holds a special place in the Australian imagination, but the costs imposed on the environment and indigenous population must also be acknowledged.

  • Future robots will be more R2D2 than C3PO

    Open Forum     |      January 14, 2019

    Researchers from Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, have offered a bold glimpse into what the robots of the future could look like – and it’s nothing like C3PO, or a T-800 Terminator.

  • Two ways to make progress on disability

    Jamie-Lee Dwyer     |      January 13, 2019

    Educating all young people about disability needs and developing the National Disability Insurance Scheme will help improve the lives of all Australians.

  • Ocean warming has kicked up a gear

    Open Forum     |      January 13, 2019

    Analysis by Chinese and US researchers has found that claims of a slowdown in global warming over recent years were false, and that ocean warming is accelerating.

  • Does China herald a grim future for technology in schools?

    Neil Selwyn     |      January 13, 2019

    The increasing use of technology to monitor students in schools abroad should give Australian educators pause for thought when contemplating its introduction here.

  • Why belief in a flat Earth is increasing

    Anders Furze     |      January 12, 2019

    The Earth is demonstrably a sphere, and yet belief in a ‘flat Earth’ is increasing. However amusing at first glance, this misapprehension points to people’s increasing preference for ill informed internet bubbles rather than expert analysis or fact based critical thinking.

  • There’s no such thing as a safe tan

    Katie Lee     |      January 12, 2019

    Getting outdoors in the sunshine is essential for both our physical and mental health but protecting ourselves from the pitiless Australian sun is vital if we want to avoid skin cancer.

  • The unacknowledged fictions of Yuval Harari

    Jeremy Lent     |      January 12, 2019

    Yuval Noah Harari may be a popular and highly influential writer on the past and future of humanity, but replacing one set of myths with another is no basis for confronting the earth’s existential problems.