• Why belief in a flat Earth is increasing

    Anders Furze     |      January 12, 2019

    The Earth is demonstrably a sphere, and yet belief in a ‘flat Earth’ is increasing. However amusing at first glance, this misapprehension points to people’s increasing preference for ill informed internet bubbles rather than expert analysis or fact based critical thinking.

  • Insurance companies, advanced technology and you

    David Tuffley     |      January 11, 2019

    Companies of all kinds are embracing technology to reduce costs and increase profits, and the insurance industry is no exception. China’s surveillance state gives a glimpse of one dystopian future using AI and exploiting the technology to maximise private profit is another. 

  • Will China’s moon landing start a new space race?

    Wendy Whitman Cobb     |      January 9, 2019

    China’s rise is posing a challenge in space as well as planet Earth for the USA and its allies. However just as competition with the USSR advanced technology in the 1960s, a new space race should generate opportunities as well as threats.

  • More of the best science stories from 2018

    Open Forum     |      January 3, 2019

    Melbourne University experts share more of their picks of the best research, discoveries and big thinking from around the world in 2018.

  • The mind-blowing discoveries of 2018

    Open Forum     |      January 1, 2019

    The New Year has begun, but 2018 was a big year for new scientific discoveries. From new exoplanets to the fight against cancer, Melbourne University experts tell us about their pick of the best research, discoveries and big thinking from around the world last year.

  • The top 10 ‘weird science’ stories of 2018

    Open Forum     |      December 28, 2018

    There were plenty of weird and wonderful science stories in 2018, from octopuses high on ecstasy to a billionaire shooting a car into space.

  • The top ten science stories of 2018

    Open Forum     |      December 26, 2018

    2018 has been another landmark year in the realm of science, with outrage at claims of genetically modified babies and dire warnings from the world’s top climate scientists balanced by a successful Mars landing.

  • Why data is king

    David Byrne     |      December 16, 2018

    The more people use Facebook or Google, the more data they collect, and the more valuable the platforms become for both consumers and advertisers, but their ever greater power also raises issues of public concern.

  • We have a Christmas comet

    Jake Clark     |      December 15, 2018

    We’re in for a pre-Christmas treat this weekend, as the cosmos entertains us with two equally exciting gifts: the Geminid meteor shower and the interplanetary comet 46P/Wirtanen.

  • New Australian institute to explore ethical Artificial Intelligence

    Open Forum     |      December 14, 2018

    IAG, CSIRO’s Data61 and The University of Sydney have announced the creation of a new Institute to research the ethics of artificial intelligence and develop systems which will improve, rather than damage, outcomes for people in Australia.

  • Exploring the ethics of artificial intelligence

    Liesl Yearsley     |      December 13, 2018

    Rather than produce piecemeal policies to try to slow the progress of AI, we should concentrate on ensuring that its inevitable impact benefits, rather than damages, society.

  • Celebrating the superstars of STEM

    Open Forum     |      December 13, 2018

    60 female scientists and technologists have been named Superstars of STEM for 2019 by Science & Technology Australia to highlight the role of women in technology.