• Will Google abandon Australia?

    Fergus Hanson     |      February 13, 2021

    The Australian government’s plan to force Google to pay news organisations for content may see the online giant pull its search and advertising from Australian markets.

  • Cleaner, harder, stronger

    Open Forum     |      January 29, 2021

    Recycled concrete aggregates made with everything from coffee cups to building rubble offer huge environmental benefits, from reducing landfill and CO2 emissions, to saving natural resources and boosting the circular economy.

  • How Silicon Valley elites view the world

    Open Forum     |      January 22, 2021

    The 100 richest information technology entrepreneurs see the world in similar meritocratic, self-affirming and self-serving terms, according to an analysis of their own official and unofficial statements.

  • COVID has increased trust in government and science

    Open Forum     |      January 11, 2021

    New Curtin University research has found a dramatic increase in people’s trust in government in Australia and New Zealand as a result of the COVID pandemic.

  • 4 mysteries of quantum philosophy

    Peter Evans     |      January 5, 2021

    The next time you encounter an impossible Sudoku, rest assured you’re in good company. The entire quantum physics community, and perhaps even Zeus himself, knows exactly how you feel.

  • Top 10 science stories of 2020

    Open Forum     |      December 30, 2020

    It’s been a big, and often worrying year, of scientific research, but amid the gloom around health and the environment, there were some bright spots as this summary compiled by the Australian Science Media Centre records.

  • Robo-pets!

    Ben Knight     |      December 20, 2020

    If having a pet just isn’t practical for your accommodation or lifestyle, could a robotic companion be the next best thing?

  • Slavery and society

    Alan Stevenson     |      December 15, 2020

    Society should define tasks best left to humans, as well as what can safely be left to autonomous machines, as once a machine takes over a task it will not be an easy to reclaim it.

  • Robots and the law

    Alan Stevenson     |      December 12, 2020

    Autonomous machines able to think and act for themselves were once the stuff of science fiction, but now they are becoming reality, we need to delve back into a classic novel series for rules to protect ourselves.

  • Weird science

    Australian Science Media Centre     |      December 11, 2020

    2020 was certainly a weird year, so perhaps it’s not surprising that it produced a bumper crop of weird and wonderful science yarns. The Australian Science Media Centre has picked ten of the best.

  • Avoiding the technology trap

    Lesley Seebeck     |      December 9, 2020

    At a recent Australian e-commerce summit, Prime Minister Scott Morrison praised technology adoption – rather than domestic innovation – as a means of driving economic returns.

  • STEM superstars call for more gender and cultural diversity

    Open Forum     |      December 8, 2020

    Australia’s official Superstars of STEM have backed the campaign to increase the number of women and ethnic minorities in science and technology.