• $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.

  • Meet your new robot health coach

    Nicole Robinson     |      July 9, 2020

    New research shows “social robots” can help people lose weight by delivering multiple sessions of advice and support without the need for human intervention.

  • Science needs to look inward to move forward

    Andrew Trounson     |      July 8, 2020

    Robust science depends on encouraging and incentivising more open and transparent practices in research – now, metascientists are looking at what works and what doesn’t.

  • The future of virtual reality in tourism

    Open Forum     |      July 4, 2020

    Tourism has been brought to a standstill around the world, but new doors are opening for virtual and augmented reality to reshape the industry as it edges towards recovery.

  • Watch the skies!

    Alan Stevenson     |      June 30, 2020

    The release of footage from US Navy jets tracking fast moving, unidentified craft has rekindled interest in the possibility of alien visitors from distant worlds.

  • Beware the digital butler

    Alan Stevenson     |      June 23, 2020

    Digital personal assistants from Apple, Google, Amazon and other tech giants may offer a degree of convenience, but users should be wary of them taking an ever greater interest in our personal affairs.

  • Facing up to facial recognition

    Niels Wouters     |      May 26, 2020

    Facial recognition technology is one tool in the fight against COVID-19, but once the pandemic ends, is surveillance tech going to entrench itself in our society?

  • Bring “bio-hackers” into the fold

    Andrew Lapworth     |      May 13, 2020

    Biohackers and other ‘connoisseurs of science’ have important social and scientific contributions to make and should be accepted into the established scientific community.

  • The internet v COVID-19

    Elaine Wong     |      April 22, 2020

    With a much greater number of us schooling, working and streaming from home during the COVID-19 crisis, what are the risks to our internet during the pandemic?

  • Medical research must deliver the solution

    Michael Mintrom     |      April 20, 2020

    There is an urgent need for more coordinated funding to fight COVID-19, both in terms of improving treatment and eventually developing a vaccine if we are to get on top of the crisis.

  • Privacy v the pandemic

    Patrick Fair     |      April 17, 2020

    Government tracking of mobile phones could be a potent weapon against COVID-19 in helping to monitor possible contacts, however the use of such data raises a host of privacy questions.