• Junk food nation

    Open Forum     |      March 21, 2024

    Eating more junk foods such as soft drinks, packaged snacks and sugary cereals is associated with a higher risk of over 30 different physical and mental health problems according to an umbrella review by Australian and international researchers.

  • Angry young men

    Josh Roose     |      March 16, 2024

    Dire economic prospects are opening the door for an angry world of emotional manipulation that is targeting young men.

  • The four waves of feminism

    Open Forum     |      March 15, 2024

    Feminist history is generally packaged as a story of “waves”, the first lasting from the mid-19th century to 1920. The second wave spanned the 1960s to the early 1980s. The third wave began in the mid-1990s and lasted until the 2010s and some say we are experiencing a fourth wave in the online age of today.

  • Six more years of Sauron

    William Partlett     |      March 14, 2024

    Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is about to rubber stamp his disastrous reign over Russia for another six years in a farcical election process in which opposition figures are not just banned and ignored but imprisoned and murdered.

  • How it all ends

    Daniel Hoyer     |      March 13, 2024

    What lessons can we learn from history about navigating the crises besetting the world today?

  • Sportsball sucks

    Hunter Fujack     |      March 9, 2024

    Australia punches above its weight in global sports, and has the reputation of a “sports mad” nation, but in reality most people don’t care much about most sports and a fifth of the population actively hate it all.

  • Ten years after

    Charitha Pattiaratchi     |      March 8, 2024

    Malaysia Airlines passenger flight MH370 disappeared a decade ago on March 8 2014. Though wreckage has washed up on East African shores, and the plane’s loss in the Southern Ocean was probably a suicide/mass murder perpetrated by its Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, there may be new attempts to find more wreckage on the sea bed and perhaps solve the mystery.

  • The ocean detectives

    Open Forum     |      March 7, 2024

    The longest science voyage yet by CSIRO research vessel RV Investigator has returned to Australia with one of the most comprehensive datasets ever collected in the Southern Ocean.

  • Teens behaving badly

    Kathryn Daley     |      February 27, 2024

    A spate of high profile incidents in which teens attack passers by for no reason except social media hits has provoked a backlash, so academics are lining up to assure everyone that anti-social behaviour is society’s fault instead.

  • A worried nation

    Sarah Marinos     |      February 13, 2024

    Over the past 15 years, more Australians have experienced growing psychological distress, and the latest edition of the annual HILDA survey shows the situation is getting worse, with economic problems piling up on ordinary families.

  • Women in sport

    Popi Sotiriadou     |      February 12, 2024

    Women’s success in sports can have substantial positive economic outcomes for their countries. More than this, they can contribute to a nation’s international affairs and influence relationships with other countries.

  • Victim of the state

    Donald Rothwell     |      February 7, 2024

    After a secret ‘trial’ in 2021 at which no evidence was presented, naturalised Australian citizen Yang Hengjun has been sentenced to death by the Chinese communist state for ‘spying’.