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  • Five ways to curb international corporate power

    Jeremy Lent     |      July 29, 2018

    Of the world’s 100 largest economies, 69 are transnational businesses. How can we control—and ultimately transform them into a positive force for social good?

  • Australia’s Rules-Based International Order

    Nick Bisley     |      July 29, 2018

    The ‘rules-based international order’ has become a rhetorical centrepiece of Australian international policy. One of the challenges in the current moment is that the rules and principles that were built on the foundation of American primacy are being questioned as power shifts.

  • Feral cats threaten endangered possums

    Open Forum     |      July 29, 2018

    New evidence has raised concerns about the possibility of feral cats preying upon the critically endangered Leadbeater’s possum, with a cat detected on cameras at two nest boxes used by the possums.

  • Blood moon: lunar eclipse myths from around the world

    Daniel Brown     |      July 28, 2018

    Last evening, six of Earth’s seven continents saw the longest lunar eclipse this century. From fake kings and celestial jaguars, Daniel Brown explores the many myths behind the “blood moon”, and why this evocative phrase is a thorn in the side of science.

  • Riders on the storm: what the Tour de France tells us about global security

    Michael Shoebridge     |      July 28, 2018

    The world’s greatest sporting event, the Tour de France, is coming to its climax for another year. As well as a great sporting drama in itself, it offers a handy metaphor for the current state of play in global politics.

  • Our ocean wilderness is rapidly disappearing

    Open Forum     |      July 28, 2018

    An international study led by University of Queensland scientists has found that only 13 per cent of the ocean can still be classified as wilderness, untouched by commercial shipping, sediment runoff and fishing.

  • Physical activity at school helps the mind as well as the body

    Brendon Hyndman     |      July 27, 2018

    The evidence is in. Compulsory sport and physical education at school improves children’s memory, attention and ability to concentrate, as well as boosting their fitness.

  • Policing illicit drugs effectively

    John Coyne     |      July 27, 2018

    Real successes in reducing the supply and use of illicit drugs are frequently overlooked or undermined, often because they’re inconvenient for the many advocates of decriminalisation.

  • Ocean acidification challenges science, governments and communities

    Open Forum     |      July 27, 2018

    Researchers have found that in recent centuries, surface ocean pH has fallen ten times faster than in the past 300 million years and that impacts are being felt on ecosystems, economies and communities worldwide.

  • Top 7 eco-friendly backyard ideas

    Amelia Atkins     |      July 26, 2018

    Gardens can offer a valuable haven for wildlife as well as people, replenishing the local environment rather than acting as another drain on natural resources.

  • Australia in the South Pacific: Growing the yabby’s second claw

    Michael Shoebridge     |      July 26, 2018

    Australian engagement with our South Pacific partners is getting a lot of attention, as is Chinese engagement in the region. But there’s a missing link in our attempts to build better relations – the Australian corporate sector’s buy-in to South Pacific economies.

  • Taking on big tech: Where does Australia stand?

    Caron Beaton-Wells     |      July 26, 2018

    As the EU hits Google with a multi-billion dollar fine for breaking competition law, Australia’s regulator is investigating how big tech operates. What approach will the ACCC take?