• The new Luddites

    Jathan Sadowski     |      August 23, 2021

    The excesses of big-tech companies such as Amazon, Uber and Facebook are driving a public backlash that may contain the seeds of a neo-Luddite movement.

  • Meet the electric Kombi

    Open Forum     |      August 20, 2021

    Southern Cross University has unveiled one of Australia’s most ambitious electric vehicle prototypes – a long-range converted Volkswagen Kombi.

  • Debunking scientist stereotypes

    Open Forum     |      August 19, 2021

    Students at UNSW are trying to debunk problematic stereotypes of their chosen profession during National Science Week.

  • Aussies back science as a critical part of society

    Open Forum     |      August 13, 2021

    While a small minority of science deniers make waves on social media, most people in Australia and the western world continue to have faith in science and value its role in society.

  • Remembering Thomas Harriot

    Robyn Arianrhod     |      August 8, 2021

    Four hundred years ago, a remarkable Englishman named Thomas Harriot died in London, leaving behind 8000 pages of unpublished scientific research whose significance researchers are only now appreciating.

  • Australia can learn from South Korea’s tech success

    Alice Dawkins     |      July 7, 2021

    Australia’s recent attempts to regulate tech giants has done little for the long-term prospects of its national innovation ecosystem. As South Korea shows, there are other ways to achieve these goals.

  • The recycling robot

    Open Forum     |      July 2, 2021

    Researchers at the University of Sydney are developing a smart, automated robot to sort recyclable plastic waste. 

  • Insights from the ‘edge of chaos’

    Open Forum     |      June 30, 2021

    Some neuroscience theories suggest the human brain operates best ‘at the edge of chaos’. Now scientists in Australia and Japan have found that keeping a nanowire network at the edge of becoming chaotic is the best state for it to produce useful signals to solve problems.

  • The truth is out there

    Adam Dodd     |      June 29, 2021

    A report from the US task force dedicated to investigating Unidentified Aerial Phenomena shows the authorities are beginning to take these mysterious sightings more seriously.

  • Commercialising research

    Melanie Davern     |      June 28, 2021

    Over the last 50 years, innumerable reports have called for better processes to commercialise Australian academic research, but progress will only be made if we tackle the obstacles and incentives confronting researchers.

  • Enter the dragon

    Open Forum     |      June 28, 2021

    A newly identified species of human called Homo longi or ‘Dragon Man’ may be the closest ancestors to modern humans yet discovered.

  • 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.