• The future of drones

    Ben Knight     |      October 13, 2020

    Drones have entered the mainstream but while there have been welcome advances in agriculture, aerial photography and product deliveries, it’s hard to ignore their less welcome applications.

  • Wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey

    Sherry Landow     |      October 11, 2020

    It’s not rocket science – or is it? A UNSW Sydney astronomer explains how the right sci-fi watchlist can make physics easier to understand.

  • When is a science not a science?

    Mark Nicol     |      September 23, 2020

    The scientific method has allowed mankind to understand and conquer the world around him, but even science may have its limits in dealing with complex human and moral issues.

  • Is there life on… Venus?

    Laura McKemmish     |      September 16, 2020

    The discovery of phosphine in the balmy upper clouds of Venus may be a sign of anaerobic life floating high above its hellish surface.

  • Australia can lead a biotechnology revolution

    John S. Mattick     |      September 4, 2020

    The Australian government needs to develop a bold vision and strategic plan to create the data-driven healthcare system and bioeconomy of the future.

  • Robot wars

    Ben Knight     |      August 13, 2020

    An armed weapons system capable of making decisions sounds like it’s straight out of a Terminator movie. But once lethal autonomous weapons are out in the world, there could be no turning back.

  • Internet of junk

    Ben Knight     |      August 5, 2020

    5G could force greater product obsolescence as non-compatible devices get left behind, but there are ways to stem the e-waste avalanche.

  • Farewell to the jumbo-jet

    Nancy Schneider     |      August 2, 2020

    With flights grounded and Australia’s borders shut, Qantas has retired its final Boeing 747 several months earlier than initially planned.  The jumbo jet was pivotal in reducing Australia’s tyranny of distance.

  • The brave new world of agriculture

    Open Forum     |      July 31, 2020

    Advanced automation and genetic technologies need to be adopted globally in each region to deliver local food production capability that can provide secure sources of food in future pandemics.

  • Women in STEM still fall short of workplace equality

    Alan Finkel     |      July 29, 2020

    In 2016, women represented just 29% of workers with university qualifications in science, technology, engineering or maths. And that was before the pandemic disruption.

  • $12m in government seed funding for SMEs

    Open Forum     |      July 16, 2020

    The Morrison Government is calling on the nation’s small and medium sized businesses to help develop innovative solutions to solve national environmental challenges.

  • Smart solutions need the human touch

    Open Forum     |      July 15, 2020

    A lot of supposedly ‘smart’ software doesn’t take human needs into account, or is designed to fit commercial imperatives rather than empower consumer choices.