• The hidden costs of the wildlife trade

    Open Forum     |      October 22, 2021

    An international team of experts, including researchers from the University of Adelaide, has highlighted that the illegal and unsustainable global wildlife trade has bigger ramifications on our everyday lives than you might think.

  • Cracks in the system

    Open Forum     |      October 15, 2021

    It is almost impossible for purchasers to predict whether their new apartment will have building defects, a report into the apartment building industry has found.

  • El Salvador’s bitcoin adventure

    Open Forum     |      October 7, 2021

    The growing importance of remittances in El Salvador has opened the doors to increased use of digital currencies, but the volatility of crypto-currency presents a significant barrier to this process.

  • Reforming health care after COVID

    Open Forum     |      October 4, 2021

    Australia’s health care system is bruised, bleeding, unsustainable and increasingly criticised for failing both users and providers of care but reform can be achieved, according to a University of Queensland researcher.

  • Hitting the brain gym

    Open Forum     |      October 3, 2021

    The benefits of physical exercise are well known in staying healthy in later life, but enjoying crosswords, sudoku and chess can also help to lower the risk of dementia.

  • The fine art of haggling

    Open Forum     |      October 3, 2021

    In a negotiation, how tough should your first offer be? New research in behavioural economics shows the first offer can have a significant impact on the eventual outcome, and if you try to drive too hard a bargain, it could backfire.

  • AI could help predict the next pandemic

    Open Forum     |      October 2, 2021

    Machine learning using viral genomes may help predict the likelihood that any animal-infecting virus will infect humans in the future.

  • How social norms drive positive changes

    Open Forum     |      October 1, 2021

    New Curtin research has shed light on why people adopt social norms or conventions, such as hand shaking versus fist bumping, walking on the left or right side of a footpath, or using metric or imperial measurements, by employing mathematical modelling of human behaviours and decision-making.

  • The heavy toll of dementia

    Open Forum     |      September 30, 2021

    Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and the number of people living with it is continuing to increase, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

  • Keeping eyes on Pacific water quality from afar

    Open Forum     |      September 29, 2021

    A Griffith University researcher has overcome a key challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to lead a monitoring program in Vanuatu aiming to improve the water quality of a popular lagoon used for fishing and swimming.

  • Instahelp with body image

    Open Forum     |      September 28, 2021

    New data on the ways Instagram makes teens feel worse about their bodies is an opportunity for parents to start a conversation with their children about their online lives and encourage positive habits.

  • Local outlets at risk as the way we pay for news changes

    Open Forum     |      September 25, 2021

    A New Zealand media researcher has mapped the digital news subscription market in nine countries and says local news outlets are at risk, as they are generally excluded from the platform payments.