• Locust and chips

    Alan Stevenson     |      May 9, 2022

    Recent reports suggest that a shift from domesticated animals to insects as a source for animal protein could significantly reduce carbon emissions from agriculture, but whether anyone in the Western world wants to make that switch is another matter.

  • Freedom and responsibility

    Alan Stevenson     |      May 8, 2022

    Free will – our capacity to independently choose between different action – is crucial to our understanding of moral responsibility and criminal culpability, but new insights in neuroscience may undermine our faith in our own decision making.

  • It’s a dog’s life

    Mia Cobb     |      April 22, 2022

    ABC TV’s new series A Dog’s World explores the evolutionary journey of dogs, their amazing senses and how science can help keep them happy and healthy.

  • 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.

  • No regrets, coyote

    David Rowe     |      March 6, 2022

    Australian cricket lost two of its greats last Friday, swashbuckling wicket-keeper Rod Marsh and peerless leg-spinner Shane Warne. Neither were saints on or off the field, but both embodied the winning mentality and larrakin personality which Australians seek in the sporting heroes.

  • Brain train

    Ryan Anderson     |      February 21, 2022

    Just as we can improve our physical performance through training and better technique, we can strengthen our memories and ability to learn by following some well tested principles.

  • What’s your pleasure?

    Open Forum     |      February 3, 2022

    A nationwide survey investigating the nature and extent of Australians’ pleasures has been launched this week by Southern Cross University Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Dr Desirée Kozlowski.

  • Cutting the toll of migrant beach drownings

    Lachlan Gilbert     |      January 27, 2022

    Beach safety education needs to be better targeted at multi-cultural Australian migrant communities if drownings at the nation’s beaches are to be reduced.

  • Assessing a life well lived

    Doris Baumann     |      January 16, 2022

    Performing meaningful activities, engaging in absorbing tasks and pursuing goals which generate a sense of achievement all contributed to a life well lived.

  • Squid game theory

    Open Forum     |      January 13, 2022

    Pop culture, such as the popular Korean TV series Squid Game, can be used to illustrate abstract ideas such as game theory in practical situations.

  • Knocking on heaven’s door

    Dawn Lo     |      December 17, 2021

    Ethics and health law experts discuss whether euthanasia is the ultimate form of individual choice or a sign that we need to reconsider how we care for the most vulnerable.

  • Email can wait to after Christmas

    Open Forum     |      December 15, 2021

    When the holiday season rolls around, will you get to relax, or do you let work creep into your down time?