• What are we doing to our dogs?

    Andrew Trounson     |      October 6, 2018

    Designer dogs, selective breeding, clones and intensive breeding are having unintended effects on the health and well-being of man’s best friend – so is our love of pups actually bad for them in the long run?

  • Helping care leavers connect with their past

    Andrew Trounson     |      September 26, 2018

    Find & Connect is a living history project that provides an opportunity for people who lived in care to tell their side of the story.

  • How are Australians faring?

    Andrew Trounson     |      July 31, 2018

    Every year, the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey, or HILDA, gives us a snapshot of the economic and social wellbeing of Australians. How are we doing this year?

  • Australia takes a quantum leap in computer simulation

    Andrew Trounson     |      July 3, 2018

    Physicists have successfully run the largest quantum computing simulation to date, a key step in becoming ‘quantum-ready’.

  • The hard science behind surviving a zombie attack

    Andrew Trounson     |      July 1, 2018

    What would you do in a zombie apocalypse? Build a defensive ring or run as fast as you can? Disaster modelling could help you survive a killer zombie outbreak in Australia and also helps planning for more realistic scenarios.

  • Remembering the protests that began Mardi Gras 40 years ago

    Andrew Trounson     |      June 24, 2018

    Forty years ago, on 24 June 1978, the first Sydney Mardi Gras took the form of a night time street protest-come party along Sydney’s iconic Oxford Street. Instead of the cheers, balloons and sequins which greet the march today, protesters were harried by the police.

  • Why do medical specialist consultation fees vary so much?

    Andrew Trounson     |      June 16, 2018

    A new report highlights the wide variation in fees and earnings among medical specialists, pointing to the need for more transparency in healthcare charges

  • Speeding natural selection in the name of conservation

    Andrew Trounson     |      May 29, 2018

    A breeding experiment to genetically adapt quolls to resist toxic cane toads could lead to a new tool to help endangered creatures from corals to Tasmanian Devils

  • Would graphic warnings on unhealthy food make you think again?

    Andrew Trounson     |      May 28, 2018

    A new study shows that health warnings on packaged foods can help us make healthier choices and argues that negative messaging can effectively drive the point home.

  • Joining the ‘big data’ dots on indigenous health

    Andrew Trounson     |      May 27, 2018

    Big data analysis can expose the facts about boosting health outcomes for Indigenous Australians, whether it’s mental distress, rates of chronic disease or just getting a birth certificate.

  • The big budget takeaways

    Andrew Trounson     |      May 10, 2018

    Some economists worry that a flatter tax system will heighten inequality in the wake of the 2018 Federal Budget and the challenge of affording an older Australia still remains to be addressed.

  • Australia’s flesh eating bug requires urgent research

    Andrew Trounson     |      April 19, 2018

    A localised epidemic in temperate Australia of a rare tropical ulcer has exposed a major gap in scientific knowledge that needs urgent attention.