• Chat-GPTeaching

    Merlin Crossley     |      June 3, 2023

    Artificial intelligence offers exciting new ways to work and learn, but there are reasons to be careful. AI chatbots won’t make education irrelevant, as teaching students how to optimise prompts or to edit is a useful endeavour but a small fraction of the wonder that a proper education entails.

  • The positronic brain

    Alan Stevenson     |      May 25, 2023

    Eighty years after American science fiction writer Isaac Asimov coined the term in his early ‘Robot’ stories, new advances in nanowires are bringing the concept of a self-organising artificial brain closer to reality.

  • Decline and fall

    Dennis Altman     |      April 22, 2023

    A new book traces the decline of Scott Morrison’s Coalition government from election triumph in 2019 through the Coronavirus pandemic to crushing defeat in 2022.

  • Biking for biscuits

    Open Forum     |      November 1, 2022

    British scientists say food labelling that includes the amount of physical activity required to burn off the calories within would be easier to understand than existing labelling and may be a more effective way to help consumers avoid unhealthy choices.

  • Putin’s bloody gamble

    Peter Jennings     |      February 28, 2022

    While Russia’s dictator claims his invasion of Ukraine is to counter western militarisation, it is the West’s failure to arm and protect Ukraine which has enabled this reckless adventure.

  • Greening our cities could save older people from the heat

    Jason Byrne     |      March 7, 2019

    Heat stress is a silent killer, and older people are particularly vulnerable. Greening our cities with shade trees and other vegetation could help people cope as climate extremes continue to worsen.

  • Citizenship, nationhood and the 26th of January

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      January 26, 2019

    Celebrations of Australian nationhood should include and value all members of the community, including indigenous citizens.

  • New analytics platform will help future-proof farms

    Open Forum     |      January 23, 2019

    CSIRO and rural technology start-up Digital Agriculture Services have launched a new platform that combines artificial intelligence, machine learning and cloud-based geospatial technology to deliver reliable, independent and robust farm data and analytics.

  • There’s no such thing as a safe tan

    Katie Lee     |      January 12, 2019

    Getting outdoors in the sunshine is essential for both our physical and mental health but protecting ourselves from the pitiless Australian sun is vital if we want to avoid skin cancer.

  • 10 great beach reads about the beach

    Liz Ellison     |      December 29, 2018

    The Christmas-New Year break gives many Australians a rare chance to head to the beach and crack open a good book. Here are 10 great beach reads actually set at the beach.

  • It’s not cricket – How the alcohol industry targets children watching sport on TV

    Julia Stafford     |      December 23, 2018

    Children are exposed to repeated advertisements for alcohol during sports coverage on television, with adverse affects on their future drinking habits, and its time the rules were tightened.

  • Stay healthy for a happier Christmas and New Year

    Open Forum     |      December 23, 2018

    VicHealth has put together some handy tips to help Australians have a healthy and happy Christmas and improve their well being in the New Year.