• Health

    Patient data can help prevent overdiagnosis


    Simon Coghlan |  January 25, 2022


    The increasing use of digital technologies in medical screening may lead to a rise in overdiagnosis that could be prevented by a new focus on patient data.


  • International

    Understanding Putin’s threat to Ukraine


    Open Forum |  January 25, 2022


    Vladimir Putin’s military build-up on the Ukraine border threatens to plunge Europe into a wider war, and appeasement or acquiescence will only bolster his dreams of restoring the Soviet empire.


  • Environment

    Soil regeneration lags behind revegetation


    Open Forum |  January 25, 2022


    The restoration of cleared and degraded Australian landscapes takes time and patience, but the extent of residual soil deficiencies surprised researchers studying the results of a six-year native planting project in South Australia.


Latest Story

  • Helping kids catch up in the pandemic recovery

    Open Forum     |      January 24, 2022

    Researchers have warned that children and adolescents must not be left behind in Australia’s COVID-19 recovery plans given the negative indirect impacts of the pandemic on this age group detailed in a new brief and research review by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

  • Remembering two giants of Australian art

    Catherine Speck     |      January 24, 2022

    Australia lost two important artworld figures in the last ten days – both were senior artists working in Adelaide but with a reach extending far beyond the city or the nation.

  • Reforming Australia’s medical billing

    Open Forum     |      January 24, 2022

    New research reveals GPs and specialists are ill-equipped to manage their Medicare compliance obligations, and have trouble accessing accurate advice and education, which can lead to billing errors. It finds that structural reforms are urgently needed to address the problem.

  • Australia’s COVID performance flatters to deceive

    Tom Westland     |      January 23, 2022

    Australia managed the COVID-19 crisis better than many other countries, but there are still too many instances where policies and responses appeared ad hoc or unintelligible, driving up costs, illnesses and deaths.

  • Lies, damned lies and COVID statistics

    Richard Holden     |      January 22, 2022

    Rather than deal in ‘pleasing’ platitudes, federal and state governments should tell us everything they know about COVID infections, hospitalisations and deaths. So why don’t they?

  • There aren’t plenty of big fish left in the sea

    Open Forum     |      January 21, 2022

    Humans have selectively bred domestic animals to change their size, shape and behaviour for thousands of years, but pressure on wild populations is also imposing a form of ‘artificial selection’.

  • Lessons learned from the Manchurian crisis

    Honae Cuffe     |      January 21, 2022

    Australia’s muted reaction to Japan’s invasion of Manchuria 90 years ago mirrors the current policy towards China’s aggression against its neighbours in its balance of economic self-interest against the need to contain a voracious opponent.

  • Keeping coral reefs connected

    Open Forum     |      January 21, 2022

    A team of international researchers, led by Macquarie University, have shown the importance of maintaining connections between coral reefs to maintain their health and biodiversity.

  • Are you a workplace chameleon?

    Craig Donaldson     |      January 20, 2022

    Many employees still feel the need to disguise their true selves to blend into conformist work cultures.

  • New virtual reality experience reveals secrets of WWII submarine

    Open Forum     |      January 20, 2022

    A new virtual reality experience developed by maritime archaeologists offers unprecedented access to a WW2 submarine sunk while on a secret mission in northern Australian waters.

  • Tonga explosion highlights Pacific cable vulnerability

    Dale Dominey-Howes     |      January 20, 2022

    The damage caused by the volcanic eruption in Tonga highlights the potential danger posed to submarine internet cables connecting Australia and the Pacific to the rest of the world.

  • Indigenous science cooperation

    Alan Stevenson     |      January 19, 2022

    Many scientists rely on Indigenous people to guide their work – by helping them to find wildlife, navigate rugged terrain or understand changing weather trends – but we must also acknowledge the troubling attitudes that have long plagued research projects in Indigenous communities.