• Australia’s once-in-a-lifetime chance to build a better future

    Open Forum     |      May 4, 2021

    Australia has a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to create a healthy, sustainable, equitable and prosperous future by taking bold action to build back better, fairer and greener after the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • A new approach to consciousness

    Open Forum     |      May 1, 2021

    A new research centre will bring together philosophers, psychologists and scientists to unravel the mysteries of the human mind.

  • Koala come back

    Open Forum     |      May 1, 2021

    Koala translocations are controversial, but they could be used to aid the recovery of bushfire-affected populations, according to new Southern Cross University research.

  • Radar satellites can warn of bushfires and floods

    Open Forum     |      April 27, 2021

    New research led by Curtin University has revealed how radar satellites can improve the ability to detect, monitor, prepare for and withstand natural disasters in Australia including bushfires, floods and earthquakes.

  • The power of flight

    Open Forum     |      April 27, 2021

    A new study argues that Australia’s government-owned airports could produce enough electricity to power 136,000 homes if they had large-scale rooftop solar systems installed.

  • Water, water, everywhere?

    Open Forum     |      April 22, 2021

    Researchers at UniSA have developed a cost-effective technique that could deliver safe drinking water to millions of vulnerable people using cheap, sustainable materials and sunlight.

  • Connecting older Australians and pre-schoolers to improve mental health

    Open Forum     |      April 21, 2021

    The health benefits of intergenerational activity, such as reducing frailty, will be assessed by UNSW researchers. Early research suggests intergenerational activities might reduce frailty in older adults, and improve empathy and language development in younger participants.

  • Australia’s five per day

    Open Forum     |      April 19, 2021

    There were more than five drug-induced deaths per day in Australia in 2019, with an increase in deaths involving amphetamines and cocaine, according to a new report.

  • The Earth’s vanishing wilderness

    Open Forum     |      April 19, 2021

    Less than 3% of the Earth’s land surface can be considered ecologically intact, according to a new study published in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change.

  • Can the Olympics go ahead?

    Open Forum     |      April 18, 2021

    Although vaccines are increasingly available, holding the Olympics postponed from last year might still be a step too far for Japan.

  • Farewell to a couple of great British icons

    Open Forum     |      April 18, 2021

    Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was carried to his final resting place by a bespoke Land Rover Defender TD5 130, partially designed by the duke himself.

  • No excuse for child abuse

    Open Forum     |      April 15, 2021

    A national survey began this week to find out for the first time how many Australians have experienced child abuse.