• Fire alarm – The dangers of wood heaters

    Open Forum     |      August 9, 2021

    There are few things better than cosying up next to a wood fire in winter, but Aussie researchers are calling for better public health education and policy after a study found excess deaths associated with our woody winter warmers.

  • Fitness apps help keep us moving

    Open Forum     |      August 9, 2021

    While they might appear to be a gimmick to some, fitness apps and devices do encourage some people to keep exercising, particularly during protracted COVID lockdowns.

  • Just the job

    Open Forum     |      August 7, 2021

    New QUT research offers answers on why some job applications are met with silence and illustrates how much first impressions, credentials, and external recognition matter when it comes to standing out to a future employer.

  • Early childhood education benefits aboriginal kids

    Open Forum     |      August 6, 2021

    A culturally adapted early childhood program for Aboriginal children has shown promising impacts on their language, development and communication skills, according to a new study.

  • AI advice for career change

    Open Forum     |      August 6, 2021

    Researchers have developed a machine learning-based method that can identify and recommend jobs to workers looking for a new role. With technological changes COVID-19 impacting differently across industries, it could help workers who find themselves quickly having to make a switch.

  • Psychology can help tackle COVID non-compliance

    Open Forum     |      August 4, 2021

    Countering misinformation and appealing to self interest are the key to reaching the 10% of people who are reluctant to comply with COVID restrictions.

  • Biofertiliser for better farms

    Open Forum     |      August 2, 2021

    Australian researchers are investigating production of a sustainable organic nitrogen fertiliser from aquatic cyanobacterial biomass – ideally suited for badly degraded areas reliant on chemical inputs.

  • Climate change spells trouble for tuna-dependent Pacific Island economies

    Open Forum     |      August 1, 2021

    Tuna fishing is vitally important for the economies of many Pacific Small Island Developing States such as the Cook Islands and Tokelau, including 10 which are “tuna dependent”. However, climate change is driving tuna further to the east, and could cut tuna numbers by a fifth by 2050.

  • The high price of pests

    Open Forum     |      August 1, 2021

    In the last 60 years, deliberately or accidentally introduced invasive species have cost the Australian economy almost $400 billion, with feral cats the worst offenders. The number likely to rise unless better investments, reporting and coordinated interventions are introduced.

  • Tracking tropical forest loss

    Open Forum     |      July 30, 2021

    Researchers reporting have developed a new way to keep tabs on the vulnerability of tropical forests on a global scale using satellite data.

  • It is a race, and we’re falling behind

    Open Forum     |      July 24, 2021

    Like the Olympics, Australia’s fight against the virus is a competition, and we’re starting to fall badly behind, not least in terms of vaccinations.

  • Clever cockatoos learn through social interaction

    Open Forum     |      July 23, 2021

    60 years after blue tits in England learned to peck at silver milk bottle tops on doorsteps, Australian researchers have realised that cockatoos also learn how to open rubbish bins from each other.