• 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.

  • Always look on the bright side of life

    Open Forum     |      April 3, 2022

    While our mental performance does decline as we age, psychologists have found that older people are better at keeping a positive attitude in stressful conditions.

  • Soaring pump prices might not boost electric car sales

    Open Forum     |      April 2, 2022

    Soaring petrol prices in the wake of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine are unlikely to significantly boost the sales of electric vehicles in Australia, due to high vehicle prices and a shortage of charging points.

  • The federal budget’s energy fudge

    Open Forum     |      April 1, 2022

    The new Federal budget shows decreasing climate spending and increasing spending on high emitting energy projects, with spending announced for LNG and gas as well as carbon capture and storage and hydrogen.

  • Australia’s yellow crazy antagonist

    Open Forum     |      March 30, 2022

    In a setback to Australia’s iconic Wet Tropic World Heritage Area, the federal budget has failed to explicitly fund the successful yellow crazy ant control program run by the Wet Tropics Management Authority in Cairns.