• Society

    Group punishment just makes kids hate school


    Jeffrey Thomas |  July 16, 2019


    While group punishment is used in Australian schools, it is unfair and unlikely to improve behaviour – so why is it still acceptable in most education department policies?


  • Health

    Health minsters urged to resolve digital data issues


    Open Forum |  July 16, 2019


    Regulatory barriers that limit timely access to population and health data must be resolved to achieve better health outcomes for Australians, according to leading scientists and medical health researchers.


  • Science and Technology

    The music of the spheres


    Kenny McAlpine |  July 16, 2019


    To mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, NASA and the European Space Agency have released a collection of sounds spanning the history of space travel and astronomy. 


Latest Story

  • Fixing Facebook

    Sarah Joseph     |      July 15, 2019

    If Facebook was an experiment in creating a true “marketplace of ideas,” the results are disappointing, naively utopian and sometimes dangerous. Yet the platform has no easy solution for the daunting problem of moderating its two billion subscribers.

  • Planning the “20 minute” cities of tomorrow

    Open Forum     |      July 15, 2019

    Melbourne is growing fast, and planners hope it will become a network of connected “20-minute cities”, where people will be able to walk or cycle to shops and services, reducing traffic while increasing population density.

  • Refining pill regimes in aged care

    Open Forum     |      July 15, 2019

    The government’s aged care royal commission has put the problems surrounding medication management and pill regimes for older people in the spotlight, but a new tool should help reduce the number of mistakes made with complex pill requirements.

  • Building disaster resilience in the Pacific: The Yasawa case study

    Lanieta Tokalauvere     |      July 14, 2019

    In the wake of tropical cyclone Evan in 2012, a Fijian organisation – Live & Learn Environmental Education – helped a local charity to implement a food bank scheme in the Yasawa community. The project showed its real strengths four years later, when cyclone Winston devastated the islands again.

  • Sex and the remake

    Lauren Rosewarne     |      July 14, 2019

    A new book explores the fraught process of taking on a TV or film remake, and why updating attitudes to sex may not always work.

  • Seagulls and superbugs

    Open Forum     |      July 14, 2019

    Seagulls on Australian beaches may be threatening more than your fish and chips, new research has revealed, as they can carry superbugs similar to those causing serious infections in hospitals and nursing homes.

  • Vanuatu agro-forestry boosts food security

    Jessie Kampai     |      July 13, 2019

    When Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu in 2015, sweeping away gardens, trees and houses, a network of local organisations set about ending food insecurity in some of the country’s worst affected communities.

  • Nominations open for the MIKE awards

    Open Forum     |      July 13, 2019

    Nominations have opened for this year’s inaugural Australia/New Zealand Most Innovative Knowledge Enterprises (MIKE) Awards 2019 – an initiative of AusKM, Global Access Partners, and Macquarie University.

  • Digging deep to save a dinosaur

    Open Forum     |      July 13, 2019

    A collection of ancient rock with opalised bones from the Lightning Ridge opal fields in NSW is about to ‘come to life’ in a novel project involving scientists from around Australia.

  • Beware the medical paper tsunami

    Gillian Oliver     |      July 12, 2019

    The recent discovery of medical patient information dumped on the side of the road in Brisbane has raised the issue of how hospitals and clinics manage their old paper records.

  • The West needs a new technology strategy

    Mike Rogers     |      July 12, 2019

    There have been many waves of life-changing technology through human history, and the new wave of 6G and artificial intelligence will be equally transformative.

  • Are solar powered cars on the horizon?

    Nick Galov     |      July 12, 2019

    Electric cars have been the ‘next big thing’ for decades, but they may finally become a reality in the next few years, and solar panels could help to boost the battery range which has long been their Achilles heel.