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  • Does early stress increase the likelihood of chronic pain?

    Sarah Nelson     |      May 30, 2018

    Few studies have examined the potential relationship between ‘adverse childhood events’ and chronic pain but understanding their inter-relationship could inform prevention and treatment in the future.

  • Kangaroo step-up and Kiwi reset in the South Pacific

    Graeme Dobell     |      May 29, 2018

    Australia and New Zealand understand the demand to do more in the Pacific and the need to do some things differently. Whatever future directions both countries take, they must pursue them together.

  • Speeding natural selection in the name of conservation

    Andrew Trounson     |      May 29, 2018

    A breeding experiment to genetically adapt quolls to resist toxic cane toads could lead to a new tool to help endangered creatures from corals to Tasmanian Devils

  • Technology and relationships: A complicated connection

    Shayen de Silva     |      May 29, 2018

    Modern relationships and the ways we communicate have evolved with the growth of the digital world but are we becoming more connected? Or are we losing touch with each other?

  • Making disability support work across real lives

    Catriona May     |      May 28, 2018

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a game changer, but the challenge is to make it work across people’s life course, from education and housing, to social participation and employment.

  • Would graphic warnings on unhealthy food make you think again?

    Andrew Trounson     |      May 28, 2018

    A new study shows that health warnings on packaged foods can help us make healthier choices and argues that negative messaging can effectively drive the point home.

  • ‘Glocalism’ turns its eye to the Indo-Pacific

    Isaac Kfir     |      May 28, 2018

    Salafi-jihadi ‘glocalism’ involves the meshing of local points of discontent with the transnational goals of al‑Qaeda and similar terrorist groups. The violence it fuels is a growing threat in the Indo-Pacific as the jihadis flee from crushing defeats in the Middle East.

  • The pitfalls of generational thinking

    Jonathan White     |      May 27, 2018

    The concept of generations has often been used by decision-makers and activists to portray the implications of climate change and international agreements enshrine ‘future generations’ as stakeholders in the decision-making of the present. However, as climate problems manifest themselves today, should we concentrate more on the present?

  • A constitution shaped by distance

    Adrienne Stone     |      May 27, 2018

    While many constitutions are informed by the influences of history, politics and culture; it’s the influence of geography, and in particular, of distance, that has helped to shape the Australian Constitution.

  • Joining the ‘big data’ dots on indigenous health

    Andrew Trounson     |      May 27, 2018

    Big data analysis can expose the facts about boosting health outcomes for Indigenous Australians, whether it’s mental distress, rates of chronic disease or just getting a birth certificate.

  • Life on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert

    Kevin Brophy     |      May 26, 2018

    Author, poet and academic Kevin Brophy reflects on his time living in the remote Aboriginal community of Mulan, one of the smallest and most isolated in the country, close to the natural haven of Lake Paruku.

  • The new space race in Asia

    Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan     |      May 26, 2018

    While Australia takes its first tentative steps into the space sector with the creation of a small Federal agency, the major space powers in Asia – Japan, China and India – are ramping up their programmes, with national security playing an ever greater role in their activities.