• Multiverse madness

    Ben Knight     |      May 14, 2022

    Fans of Michael Moorcock are well acquainted with the concept of a ‘multiverse’, but a quantum mechanics interpretation can help the less literary inclined comprehend the hypothetical existence of many worlds.

  • Future-proofing Australia’s research

    Christobel Saunders     |      March 24, 2022

    Scientific and medical research research remain the key to solving some of the world’s biggest problems, but efforts must be fostered to maximise their practical outcomes.

  • Bladerunner 2022

    Jeannie Marie Paterson     |      February 23, 2022

    In 1982, Blade Runner floored audiences with its technodystopian depiction of the future. Almost 40 years on, some of these projections seem eerily and depressingly accurate today, particularly in the development of humanoid robots.

  • Exploring alternatives to plastic food packaging

    Thoo Yin Yin     |      February 23, 2022

    Research into new biodegradable biopolymer materials could reduce the world’s reliance on plastic food packaging.

  • Commercialising research – again

    Jared Mondschein     |      February 12, 2022

    There have been calls for better commercialisation of Australian research for decades but the Federal Government’s latest plan may help shape academic expectations and incentives in a more effective manner.

  • Australia needs an office for research integrity

    David Vaux     |      February 6, 2022

    Sweden is just the most recent of more than 20 European nations that have national offices for research integrity. So do the UK, US, Canada, Japan and China. Australia, which still lacks an Office for Research Integrity, is being left behind.

  • A welcome boost for commercialising research

    Open Forum     |      February 2, 2022

    Although Scott Morrison’s appearance at the National Press Club drew headlines for more controversial reasons, his announcement of more support for commercialising research has drawn the backing of stakeholders.

  • Rogue rocket to the moon

    Alice Gorman     |      January 29, 2022

    A discarded SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will crash into the dark side of the moon in a few weeks time, adding to the handful of man-made machines on its surface.

  • New virtual reality experience reveals secrets of WWII submarine

    Open Forum     |      January 20, 2022

    A new virtual reality experience developed by maritime archaeologists offers unprecedented access to a WW2 submarine sunk while on a secret mission in northern Australian waters.

  • Indigenous science cooperation

    Alan Stevenson     |      January 19, 2022

    Many scientists rely on Indigenous people to guide their work – by helping them to find wildlife, navigate rugged terrain or understand changing weather trends – but we must also acknowledge the troubling attitudes that have long plagued research projects in Indigenous communities.

  • Human nature

    Alan Stevenson     |      January 14, 2022

    Patent law should encourage innovation by protecting inventors but is all too often abused by large corporations at the expense of the common good.

  • Unpicking the waratah

    Diane Nazaroff     |      January 13, 2022

    A UNSW PhD candidate has led the genetic mapping of the floral emblem of New South Wales, the iconic waratah.