• Education

    A healthy start


    Open Forum |  June 21, 2021


    Melbourne researchers have created the first global standards to embed health and wellbeing into the education system at the request of WHO and UNESCO. The standards and benchmarking framework support the creation of ‘health promoting schools,’ which foster health and learning in all aspects of school life.


  • Space

    Adelaide’s mission to Mars


    Crispin Savage |  June 21, 2021


    Research that could help materials be found in space more easily, enable satellites to swarm together and extend the reach of telecommunications is being kick-started by new funding.


  • Environment

    Why it’s ok to feed the birds


    Darryl Jones |  June 20, 2021


    Feeding the birds is encouraged in Britain and across the northern hemisphere, yet Australian authorities frown on the practice for no good reason. Feeding birds in the right ways can help strengthen our connections with the natural world in our ever more urbanised cities.


Latest Story

  • Maintaining ethical supply chains

    Medo Pournader     |      June 19, 2021

    Human rights groups and researchers are warning that a combination of increased unemployment and new demand for labour in expanding areas like personal protective equipment (PPE) and agriculture means there is a real risk of increased worker exploitation and even slavery.

  • The magnificent G7

    David Vines     |      June 19, 2021

    The Cornwall G7 conference produced some impressive sounding pledges but the proof of the new spirit of international cooperation will be in the detail of their implementation.

  • Overshare

    Open Forum     |      June 18, 2021

    Aussie researchers who analysed more than 20,000 free apps on the Google Play Store found serious problems with privacy and inconsistent privacy practices in a range of popular health-centred phone apps.

  • Policing the internet

    Teagan Westendorf     |      June 18, 2021

    Efforts to police unlawful activity on the internet must tread a fine line between protecting the public from criminals and protecting civil liberties and personal privacy.

  • Giving young people a say on security

    Tom Smethurst     |      June 18, 2021

    Young people are being asked to contribute to a new document on Australian security and participate in a symposium at the Australian National University later this year.

  • The moral maze

    Alan Stevenson     |      June 17, 2021

    The development of scientific techniques can outpace the legal and ethical boundaries society sets to control them. Where should the line be drawn between the common good and personal rights?

  • American law makers take a swing at “big tech”

    Katharine Kemp     |      June 17, 2021

    Five antitrust laws proposed in the United States aim to aggressively rein in the market power of “big tech” companies and change the way they do business.

  • Teamwork can achieve net-zero emissions

    Open Forum     |      June 17, 2021

    The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) has released its Australian Energy Transition Research Plan, calling on researchers, research funders and government to shift the dial on Australia’s transition to a zero carbon economy.

  • Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme is failing workers and employers

    Richard Curtain     |      June 16, 2021

    A reinvigoration of Australia’s seasonal worker programme would help boost the economies of both Pacific Island Nations and regional Australia while strengthening regional ties.

  • Red zone

    John West     |      June 16, 2021

    Peter Hartcher’s new book provides a forensic analysis of the deterioration in the Australia-China relationship, with insights and insider information to support his argument that Australia needs to toughen its protections against China.

  • Children are more than just a return on investment

    Nicola Yelland     |      June 15, 2021

    Early childhood programs and related funding are often justified on the cost-benefit analysis of what children could contribute to the economy when they grow up, but the true value of these schemes lies in enriching children’s lives.

  • Cracks in the Pacific

    Anna Powles     |      June 15, 2021

    The ongoing power struggle in Samoa is just one of several thorny political issues affecting Pacific Island Nations or disrupting regional unity.