• Picking up the pace

    Gillian Savage     |      June 13, 2021

    Now more than ever Australia needs to be innovative, and knowing our strengths – and weaknesses – in science and technology base is the key to progress.

  • Little green numbers

    Anders Sandberg     |      June 9, 2021

    Unidentified flying objects might be many things, but alien spacecraft are most unlikely to be one of them.

  • They’re here…?

    Alan Stevenson     |      May 29, 2021

    Recent revelations of UFO sightings by American Navy fighter pilots may not be proof of alien visitation, but are certainly worthy of further serious scientific investigation.

  • Embracing critical technologies and the quantum revolution

    Gavin Brennen     |      May 17, 2021

    Critical and emerging technologies present a myriad of opportunities, challenges and threats, and PM&C is the only department with the whole-of-government perspective to balance them across our economy, society and national security.

  • Einstein on the birds and bees

    Open Forum     |      May 15, 2021

    Could bees and birds help us understand the principles of physics? Albert Einstein thought so, according to a long-lost letter that reveals he predicted a link between physics and biology seven decades before the evidence emerged.

  • Passing on passwords

    Open Forum     |      May 8, 2021

    Research from James Cook University shows increasingly complex website password restrictions often leave users frustrated and lead to poor password security.

  • Funding NEMO

    Open Forum     |      April 26, 2021

    Astrophysicist Paul Lasky makes the case for creating a gravitational wave detection observatory in Australia.

  • Water, water, everywhere?

    Open Forum     |      April 22, 2021

    Researchers at UniSA have developed a cost-effective technique that could deliver safe drinking water to millions of vulnerable people using cheap, sustainable materials and sunlight.

  • Scroogled

    Katharine Kemp     |      April 17, 2021

    The current review of the Federal Privacy Act could be the beginning of a process to obtain fairer privacy practices for consumers, but any reforms from this review will be a long time coming.

  • Turning science fiction electronics into science fact

    Open Forum     |      April 8, 2021

    A new study could pave the way to revolutionary, transparent electronics for potential integration in glass, flexible displays and smart contact lenses—bringing to life futuristic ‘scifi-like’ devices.

  • 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.