• Aged care residents enter virtual reality

    Open Forum     |      December 24, 2020

    A new trial of virtual reality headsets with aged care residents show how the technology can help help stimulate interest and overcome apathy in older people.

  • “Nomophobia” prompts motorists illegal use of mobile phones

    Fareed Kaviani     |      December 23, 2020

    Some people’s obsessive attachment to their phones still prompt them to use them while driving, placing themselves and other road users at risk.

  • The truth about cats and dogs

    Open Forum     |      December 14, 2020

    A new study shows the benefits of dog ownership of easing loneliness during lockdown, although cats weren’t always so happy with having their owners at home.

  • Green-time beats screen-time for kids

    Open Forum     |      December 11, 2020

    A University of Adelaide review of 186 studies from around the world has found “green time” is far better for children and adolescents mental health and academic achievement than screen time.

  • The man from Inverbrackie

    Max Thomas     |      December 6, 2020

    In the 1890s, near Woodside in the Adelaide Hills, a ghost appeared and threatened passers-by on the road to Inverbrackie – has his spirit returned to haunt us again today?

  • Confessions – On mateship

    Mark Nicol     |      December 3, 2020

    In this touching personal essay on friendship and loss, Mark Nicol reflects on the very Australian notion of ‘mateship’.

  • What’s the big idea?

    Courtney Lock     |      November 28, 2020

    COVID-19 narrowed our activity, interactions and experiences, making our lives smaller and more mundane. How can people get their creative mojo back for 2021?

  • Successful leaders are ‘one of us’

    Open Forum     |      November 24, 2020

    A successful leader is one who creates a shared sense of unity and identity in the groups they lead, according to University of Queensland research.

  • The long war

    Nicholas Longrich     |      November 22, 2020

    Neanderthals and modern humans evolved from a common ancestor, but were engaged in brutal guerrilla-style warfare across the globe for over 100,000 years until the last of their kind were wiped out 40,000 years ago.

  • Home is where the heart is

    Ben Knight     |      November 22, 2020

    The coronavirus has exposed long standing problems with Australia’s aged care homes, but a little support could go a long way to help us stay in our homes and age with grace.

  • Counterpoint by Mark Nicol – The super-dominant predator

    Mark Nicol     |      November 19, 2020

    Forget sharks, bears tigers and even viruses – mankind remains the most terrifyingly effective predator the world has ever seen, with our brains proving far more dangerous to the rest of the natural world than the claws and teeth of our long-vanquished competitors.

  • This year – A Victorian perspective

    Alan Stevenson     |      November 16, 2020

    As Victoria finally emerges from its long lock-down and travel restrictions begin to ease between the states, Alan Stevenson looks back at the experience and finds rays of hope for his community in what has been a dark year for the country.