• Culture

    The silent truth

    Roger Chao |  April 20, 2024

    Conflict has marred the whole of human history, but the hope for peace is everlasting in the human imagination. In a world riven by war from Ukraine to Israel, Yemen to Mayanmar, we should all remember our common humanity and the healing power of art.

  • Science and Technology

    Alien science

    Philip Almond |  April 20, 2024

    We no longer live in a universe that is seen as the product of the divine plenitude. Nor one in which our planet can be viewed as the centre of the universe. As a result, ironically, we have become aliens to ourselves: modern “alienation” is that sense of being lost and forsaken in the vast spaces of a godless universe.

  • Society

    More weird books, please!

    Emmett Stinson |  April 20, 2024

    Two new books by Australian authors, “Tell” by Jonathan Buckley and “It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over” by Anne de Marcken, add to the puzzle of the post-post-postmodern novel.

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  • Labor flunks its test on environmental protection

    Euan Ritchie     |      April 19, 2024

    Labor’s failure to fulfill its election promise to reform Australia’s much flaunted environmental protection laws puts their goals of “no new extinctions” and a “nature positive” future for Australia at risk.

  • Express your enthusiasm

    Nathan Abrams     |      April 19, 2024

    Over its 12 seasons and 120 episodes, Curb Your Enthusiasm became a cult classic, leaving a lasting legacy on television comedy and cementing Larry David’s position as one of the greatest comedy writers of our time.

  • An eye on Indigenous business

    Michelle Evans     |      April 19, 2024

    Indigenous owned and run businesses may be worth billions of dollars to the Australian economy, but despite new research into their scope and activities, we still don’t know enough about them.

  • White reef grief

    Open Forum     |      April 18, 2024

    The summer of 2023−24 saw substantial climate driven impacts across the Great Barrier Reef, with widespread coral bleaching, two cyclones and several severe flood events.

  • Bouncing back from the dead

    Open Forum     |      April 18, 2024

    Palaeontologists from Flinders University have identified three species of giant kangaroos from Australia and New Guinea which lived from around 5 million to 40,000 years ago before they were wiped out by man.

  • Buying friends and influencing people

    Teuku Riefky     |      April 18, 2024

    The Solomon Islands election will be watched closely by both Beijing and Washington, and test the success of China’s policy of buying political influence in the region.

  • Women still see politics as a male-dominated domain

    Open Forum     |      April 17, 2024

    Despite growing momentum to increase female representation in Australia’s national parliament, it continues to be a male dominated domain. New research from Monash University explores why young women still feel reluctant to become a member of the national parliament.

  • Encouraging critical thinking in schools

    Geoffrey Dobson     |      April 17, 2024

    Better education, combined with social media regulation, can help to combat the plague of science denial on popular platforms like tik-tok.

  • Will China win the Solomon Islands election?

    Priestley Habru     |      April 17, 2024

    The overbearing economic, political and security influence of China will weigh heavily on the Solomon Islands election.

  • Trust the science

    Doug Hilton     |      April 16, 2024

    We need science to tackle the big challenges of today, so we must defend it from attack. While Australia isn’t as polarised as the US about scientific trust and issues, we can’t afford to be complacent.

  • Understanding the Solomons elections

    Priestley Habru     |      April 16, 2024

    Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is looking to retain power on April 17 in what could prove a vital day for the geo-political future not just of the Solomon Islands, but the whole Pacific.

  • Innovate and grow

    Open Forum     |      April 16, 2024

    Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, is inviting small to medium enterprises (SMEs) working on advanced manufacturing solutions to apply for a self-paced, 10-week, online program that can help them turn an idea into an R&D opportunity.