• Environment

    There aren’t plenty of big fish left in the sea


    Open Forum |  January 21, 2022


    Humans have selectively bred domestic animals to change their size, shape and behaviour for thousands of years, but pressure on wild populations is also imposing a form of ‘artificial selection’.


  • Politics and Policy

    Lessons learned from the Manchurian crisis


    Honae Cuffe |  January 21, 2022


    Australia’s muted reaction to Japan’s invasion of Manchuria 90 years ago mirrors the current policy towards China’s aggression against its neighbours in its balance of economic self-interest against the need to contain a voracious opponent.


  • Environment

    Keeping coral reefs connected


    Open Forum |  January 21, 2022


    A team of international researchers, led by Macquarie University, have shown the importance of maintaining connections between coral reefs to maintain their health and biodiversity.


Latest Story

  • Are you a workplace chameleon?

    Craig Donaldson     |      January 20, 2022

    Many employees still feel the need to disguise their true selves to blend into conformist work cultures.

  • New virtual reality experience reveals secrets of WWII submarine

    Open Forum     |      January 20, 2022

    A new virtual reality experience developed by maritime archaeologists offers unprecedented access to a WW2 submarine sunk while on a secret mission in northern Australian waters.

  • Tonga explosion highlights Pacific cable vulnerability

    Dale Dominey-Howes     |      January 20, 2022

    The damage caused by the volcanic eruption in Tonga highlights the potential danger posed to submarine internet cables connecting Australia and the Pacific to the rest of the world.

  • Indigenous science cooperation

    Alan Stevenson     |      January 19, 2022

    Many scientists rely on Indigenous people to guide their work – by helping them to find wildlife, navigate rugged terrain or understand changing weather trends – but we must also acknowledge the troubling attitudes that have long plagued research projects in Indigenous communities.

  • Solid rock

    Open Forum     |      January 19, 2022

    Australian researchers have developed an efficient new way of capturing carbon dioxide and converting it to solid carbon to help advance the decarbonisation of heavy industries.

  • Building resilience in remote Aboriginal students

    Open Forum     |      January 19, 2022

    More than 1,000 students and teachers from remote Northern Territory schools are implementing a new Skills for Life resilience programme.

  • 2021 in the Pacific

    Kerryn Baker     |      January 18, 2022

    The Pacific Islands saw dramatic change in 2021 with the threatened exit of Micronesian states from the Pacific Islands Forum, the fall of the region’s longest serving political leader, growing geo-political tensions and the impact of COVID-19.

  • Controlling COVID in 2022

    Vinod Balasubramaniam     |      January 18, 2022

    Australia and the rest of the world have the tools and knowledge to finally get the COVID epidemic under control in 2022.

  • Citizen science helps nurture our health through nature

    Open Forum     |      January 18, 2022

    University of South Australia researchers are urging governments to consider nature-based citizen science as part of their public health policies in an effort improve the health and wellbeing of people living in urban areas.

  • Tabi on racial matters: Culture of inclusion at work, are we there yet?

    Gloria Tabi     |      January 17, 2022

    When business make deliberate decisions to become aware in the way in which racism causes workplace ills, stunts growth, and excludes everyone who is not from the dominated culture then new possibilities will emerge.

  • Virtual therapy?

    Open Forum     |      January 17, 2022

    Edith Cowan University research shows many people prefer to speak about negative personal experiences with an avatar, rather than a person, and prefer virtual therapy sessions to personal interaction.

  • All onboard for green hydrogen

    Steven Percy     |      January 17, 2022

    Several Australian states are well placed to produce green hydrogen from renewable energy as a zero-emissions way to transport energy.