• Virtual therapy?

    Open Forum     |      May 17, 2022

    Edith Cowan University research shows many people prefer to speak about negative personal experiences with an avatar, rather than a person, and prefer virtual therapy sessions to personal interaction.

  • The eyes have it

    Open Forum     |      May 11, 2022

    Millions of older people with poor vision are at risk of being misdiagnosed with mild cognitive impairments, according to a new study by the University of South Australia.

  • Australia lost the second debate

    Open Forum     |      May 10, 2022

    Sunday’s ill-tempered ‘debate’ between the leaders vying to be Australia’s next Prime Minister was an unedifying spectacle, and while the winner might be disputed, the loser was undoubtedly the Australian electorate.

  • New frog species gives hope for the future

    Open Forum     |      May 7, 2022

    In an age when many frogs and other amphibians are facing extinction due to habitat loss, disease and climate change, the discovery of a new frog species in a national park on the border of Queensland and New South Wales gives hope that all is not lost for the future.

  • You get more ideas from a face-to-face meeting

    Open Forum     |      April 29, 2022

    Traditional in-person meetings were largely replaced by video calls during COVID, but such video calls tend to lower the production of creative ideas, compared to round the table discussions according to US researchers.

  • Someone else’s problem, cobber

    Open Forum     |      April 26, 2022

    Australians may want politicians to do more to combat climate change, but remain relatively unwilling to change their own habits to reduce carbon emissions.

  • Australia faces an avalanche of extinctions

    Open Forum     |      April 25, 2022

    A new report lays out a range of ways an incoming government can act to avert the threat of mass extinctions facing Australia’s unique wildlife.

  • Australia can step up as a vaccine manufacturer

    Open Forum     |      April 25, 2022

    Australia “could and should” set itself up to supply not only itself but the region with all future vaccine
    and essential drug needs, according to the authors of a Perspective published by the Medical Journal of Australia.

  • A sphere surrounded by cubes

    Open Forum     |      April 21, 2022

    Since 1998, more than 3400 nanosatellite missions have been launched since 1998, and the shrinking size of satellites are making it ever cheaper and more accessible to do science in space.

  • The return of the platypus

    Open Forum     |      April 19, 2022

    Recent surveys have found no sign of the duck billed platypus in the Royal National Park south of Sydney, but environmentalists are optimistic the iconic animal can be successfully reintroduced.

  • From Taree to NASA

    Open Forum     |      April 18, 2022

    Walking the corridors of places such as NASA and the European Space Agency never crossed the young Jeffrey Walker’s mind when he was tinkering with his dad in the garage of their Taree home, on the mid-north coast of New South Wales.

  • An electronic eye on climate change

    Open Forum     |      April 7, 2022

    The development of low-cost sensing technology will help the world assess and react to climate change, according to a new report from Cambridge based IDTechEx.