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  • Act locally, think globally on environmental issues

    Terry Bowles     |      January 7, 2019

    Many people worry about environmental issues, and despair at the lack of effective political policy to tackle them, but taking individual action can make a positive improvement to the world around us and our state of mind.

  • Millennials may be the generation to end extreme poverty

    Sarah Meredith     |      January 7, 2019

    Despite often being the object of criticism for their hyper-sensitivity and lack of grit and resolve, Millennials have answered the call to end extreme poverty around the world in ways which eluded earlier generations.

  • Microfinance – Micro gains?

    Aimee Robinson     |      January 7, 2019

    Although microfinance is often hailed as an important step for women’s empowerment and economic independence in the developing world, research has yielded conflicting evidence on its practical effectiveness.

  • A stormy year ahead for Australian foreign policy

    Susan Harris Rimmer     |      January 6, 2019

    By the end of 2019 we should be able to judge the relative success or failure of the grand plan laid out in the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. The implementation of strategy requires skill and leadership and Federal ministers will need all three in 2019 as a volatile year lies ahead.

  • When sports chatter becomes social commentary

    Jack Anderson     |      January 6, 2019

    From cheating on the cricket pitch to violence on the field and at home, 2018 reminded us how sport can be a prism through which society can view uncomfortable social issues in a fresh light.

  • Gearing up against skin cancer

    Andrew Trounson     |      January 6, 2019

    From state of the art mole-mapping to new drug treatments, the way we diagnose and treat skin cancers is being revolutionised, but being sensible in the sun is still the best medicine.

  • The dangerous allure of the Augustinian strongman

    Frederik Vervaet     |      January 5, 2019

    The Roman emperor Augustus is held up by some as a statesman who brought peace, and as a potential model for the future. But what was the cost of Augustus’ peace, and how relevant is his model today?

  • 6 ways to clean up online in 2019

    Elissa Redmiles     |      January 5, 2019

    Data breaches, malware attacks and microtargeted personalized advertising spoiled our “digital lives’ in 2018, but taking some simple steps can produce a better and safer online experience for us all this year.

  • Rediscovering NSW’s pioneering female cricketers

    Jane Faure-Brac     |      January 5, 2019

    While the nation follows the fortunes of our men and women’s cricket teams over summer, ANU and the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust are shining a light on the dawn of women’s cricket in New South Wales, pioneered by the Gregory sisters in the 1880s. 

  • Reaching for the stars – The pursuit of long term goals

    Thomas Bateman     |      January 4, 2019

    NASA’s New Horizon probe has taken startling photos of Ultima Thule, a far distant ‘snowman’ in the kuiper belt beyond Pluto. The probe was launched over thirteen ago, so how do people on such long term projects retain their motivation?

  • The past, present and future of APEC at 30

    Andrew Elek     |      January 4, 2019

    The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum is approaching its 30th year of work to foster cooperation in trade, investment and development in the Asia Pacific.

  • The global big dry

    Wilson da Silva     |      January 4, 2019

    Much of Australia has suffered drought in recent months, and global water supplies also shrinking, even as the amount of rainfall is on the rise. The culprit? The drying of soils due to climate change.