• Resilience

    Lessons from an octopus


    Chris Schell |  May 14, 2021


    As humans take up space and modify our environment, we affect the habitat of species that perish if they can’t adapt, change or move. What can we learn from octopuses about innovation and sustainability in the face of change?


  • Media

    We need herd immunity against vaccine misinformation


    Open Forum |  May 14, 2021


    A new study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE revealed over 103 million people globally liked, shared, retweeted or reacted with an emoji to misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines.


  • Media

    China’s propaganda war pays off


    Julia Bergin |  May 13, 2021


    Chinese propaganda may be crude in terms of content, but the sheer weight of the Communist Party’s misinformation campaign is shifting the narrative in its favour around the world.


Latest Story

  • Not cooking with gas

    Max Thomas     |      May 9, 2021

    Is natural gas making us sick? According to the Climate Council it contributes up to 12 per cent of the childhood asthma burden in Australia. So, should gas appliances including heaters, hot water services and cooktops be phased out?

  • Falling down

    Emi Berry     |      May 9, 2021

    Every year around the world, more than 684,000 people die as a result of a fall, and 172 million more are left with short- or long-term disability, but UNSW researchers say implementation of new fall prevention strategies could help save lives.

  • Bedtime, not screen time

    Ben Knight     |      May 9, 2021

    Research from the Gonski Institute for Education at UNSW Sydney reveals parents perceive digital devices as necessary for their kids’ learning but are worried about the distraction and activities they’re missing out on.

  • Fighting natural disasters

    Paul Barnes     |      May 8, 2021

    Australians have endured floods, bushfires and hailstorms and more over the last two years. The government is better aligning policy to deal with disasters, but its plan is somewhat half-baked.

  • Passing on passwords

    Open Forum     |      May 8, 2021

    Research from James Cook University shows increasingly complex website password restrictions often leave users frustrated and lead to poor password security.

  • 3 budget priorities

    Craig Donaldson     |      May 8, 2021

    The federal government should focus on specific measures that will boost employment and stimulate growth and productivity, says UNSW Business School’s Gigi Foster.

  • The OECD backs SMEs

    Open Forum     |      May 7, 2021

    The creation of a new Committee on SMEs and Entrepreneurship by the OECD highlights the organisation’s recognition of the importance of small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurship to our economies and societies, and on the critical role they can play in driving a sustainable, inclusive, green and resilient recovery.

  • Stepping up the step-up

    Michael Shoebridge     |      May 7, 2021

    The time is right for Australia to imagine a bigger, better Pacific step-up and be even more frank with our Pacific partners regarding the need to preserve our collective sovereignty and boost our security at a time of growing strategic competition.

  • How the world saw Australia’s ‘black summer’

    Open Forum     |      May 7, 2021

    Australia’s ‘black summer’ of bushfires was depicted on the front pages of the world’s media with images of wildlife and habitat destruction, caused by climate change, while in Australia the toll on ordinary people remained the visual front-page focus.

  • English football fans: Lamenting a lost world

    David Rowe     |      May 6, 2021

    The uniformly hostile reaction by fans across Europe to the breakaway European Super League humbled its participants and provoked a swift u-turn, but also shone a light on the changing nature of fandom itself.

  • China still needs Australian iron ore

    David Uren     |      May 6, 2021

    It must be galling to Chinese authorities that, notwithstanding their determination to punish Australia for its many perceived sins, their annual imports from Australia are running at near record levels.

  • Building resilient, sustainable and secure cities for a post-COVID-19 world

    Tan Ming Hui     |      May 5, 2021

    Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic could help cities modernise themselves to weather other types of disruptions and build resilience against future risks.