• Science and Technology

    Creatives in the country


    Marcus Foth |  June 17, 2019


    Digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics may make many urban jobs redundant but blockchain, agtech and other innovations are also set to create jobs in regional Australia.


  • Human Interest

    Too many chiefs make for ineffective teamwork


    Rebecca Hoyle |  June 17, 2019


    Some people are better team players than others, but people with goal-oriented and manipulative personality traits can actively undermine collaborative efforts and affect the team outcome.


  • International

    Putin and Xi plot an oppressive digital future


    Michael Shoebridge |  June 17, 2019


    China and Russia are very different nations in many ways, but both are ruled by authoritarian regimes determined to assert themselves on the international stage while crushing political dissent at home and both use the internet to achieve their goals.


Latest Story

  • Stepping up without stamping out Pacific infrastructure

    Anthony Bergin     |      June 16, 2019

    Three simple measures could help improve Australia’s aid, commercial and security relationships with Pacific Island Nations, while encouraging development in the region.

  • Defining the power of public interest journalism

    Jay Daniel     |      June 16, 2019

    The recent police raids on Australian journalists are a cause of concern for many, but they also highlight the far-reaching impact of public interest journalism.

  • Worker workouts in the workplace work

    Open Forum     |      June 16, 2019

    A new study from Germany shows that a personalised programme of exercise can help workers improve their health and reduce the risk of metabolic diseases.

  • Six questions answered on Adani

    Adrian Werner     |      June 15, 2019

    By approving the Adani’s groundwater management plan on June 13, the Queensland government has given the final green light to the company’s controversial Carmichael coal mine.

  • Physical jobs take their toll in retirement

    Open Forum     |      June 15, 2019

    Men and women who have physically demanding jobs may experience poorer mental and physical health if they delay their retirement, new research led by Curtin University has found.

  • Helping plan for hotter cities

    Open Forum     |      June 15, 2019

    As Australian cities heat up, local governments and planning practices will increasingly have to address rising temperatures and urban heat island effects. A new tool, incorporating scientific models, case studies and broad guidelines, has been released to help.

  • Australians turn their back on the news

    Caroline Fisher     |      June 14, 2019

    A new survey suggests that Australians are less interested in news and consume less of it than people in similar countries. Two thirds of Australians have no interest in politics at all. What are the consequences of this growing apathy for Australian public debate?

  • Will space tourists launch from Australia?

    Melissa de Zwart     |      June 14, 2019

    The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews wants passengers to experience zero-gravity from the convenience of a domestic airport in Australia, but how close is that vision to reality?

  • 2025 will be like 2019 – only more so

    Peter Jennings     |      June 14, 2019

    The international scene has been grim for some time, and there’s little prospect of it improving. Indeed recent trends of authoritarian bluster and democratic decline are set to intensify, plunging the world ever closer to crisis.

  • The global problem of thirsty cities

    Erin O'Donnell     |      June 13, 2019

    500 million people already experience water shortages around the world but better governance and smart water management could lead to collaboration rather than competition and manage our dwindling supplies more efficiently.

  • Are pharma handouts to nurses affecting your healthcare?

    Open Forum     |      June 13, 2019

    Substantial pharmaceutical industry payments to Australian nurses and pharmacists are raising questions around their influence and Substantial pharmaceutical industry payments to Australian nurses and pharmacists are raising questions around their influence and prompting calls for greater transparency.

  • Why Pacific nations play the aid game

    Steven Ratuva     |      June 13, 2019

    Pacific island nations have become skilled in playing foreign powers against each other to maximise the aid and funding they receive.