• Politics and Policy

    Is democracy a victim of COVID-19?


    Tom Gerald Daly |  August 13, 2020


    The sidelining of state and federal parliaments during the COVID-19 crisis, and the emergence of a dominant National Cabinet has raised few public concerns, but is it weakening our democracy?


  • Human Interest

    Turning back the clock


    Zachariah Wylde |  August 13, 2020


    As modern medicine improves, so too does our ability to stave off disease. But can we overcome the most inescapable of afflictions – old age? Researchers around the world are trying to find out.


  • Science and Technology

    Robot wars


    Ben Knight |  August 13, 2020


    An armed weapons system capable of making decisions sounds like it’s straight out of a Terminator movie. But once lethal autonomous weapons are out in the world, there could be no turning back.


Latest Story

  • Sharing to social media: Sensationalism or social good?

    Rachel Gray     |      August 12, 2020

    People should consider the implications of posting images and footage of tragic events online, says UNSW’s Alyce McGovern. 

  • Grim findings to come in war crimes investigation

    Brendan Nicholson     |      August 12, 2020

    Australians will be dismayed by the findings of an investigation into allegations that their special forces in Afghanistan committed war crimes, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has warned.

  • Populists in a pandemic

    ANU Editorial Board     |      August 12, 2020

    No amount of rhetorical smoke-and-mirrors can outweigh voters’ lived experiences of losing economic security or losing loved ones as a result of COVID-19 — as populist leaders the world over are now quickly learning.

  • Business and social change

    Andrew Gaines     |      August 11, 2020

    Solving the environmental problems faced by society today will require a new order of collaboration between business, government, and civil society which transcends traditional politics.

  • Supporting STEM skills amid COVID-19

    Cathy Foley     |      August 11, 2020

    We can’t let our future STEM skills become a casualty of COVID-19, or we will pay for it in decades to come.

  • A return to the wild for better immune systems

    Open Forum     |      August 11, 2020

    A research team led by the University of Adelaide has found that revegetation of green spaces within cities can improve soil microbiota diversity towards a more natural, biodiverse state, which has been linked to human health benefits.

  • The emotional toll of COVID-19 among early childhood educators

    Melissa Barnes     |      August 10, 2020

    Despite growing concerns over school teachers’ mental health as they tackled remote learning, little attention has been given to the experiences of ECEC educators.

  • A golden opportunity to repurpose old mines

    Mohan Yellishetty     |      August 10, 2020

    Abandoned mines litter Australia, but these sites can be turned from environmental problems into new opportunities for water storage, landfill and other useful purposes.

  • Diplomacy at a distance

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      August 10, 2020

    Australia’s diplomats are doing important work during the COVID-19 pandemic in the face of department cuts, as they help to ensure the safety and security of many Australians.

  • Global value chains in the post-COVID economy

    Satoshi Inomata     |      August 9, 2020

    COVID-19 is likely to accelerate the move toward ‘peer value chains’ among countries with similar institutional arrangements.

  • Contrasting Australian and German public policy

    Dawn Lo     |      August 9, 2020

    The average Australian household is wealthier yet more indebted than the average German household, partly due to tax and retirement income policies.

  • Is COVID changing our personalities?

    Open Forum     |      August 9, 2020

    Our personalities have been known to change during unusually distressing times, such as a global pandemic locking us all away in our homes, but researchers from the US say that so far the COVID-19 pandemic has had very little effect on the “Big Five” personality traits.