• Science and Technology

    Blockchain and mangos

    Open Forum |  December 5, 2020

    A new blockchain platform has proven to be a game-changer for one of Australia’s largest mango producers, providing real-time, secure information from the tree to the supermarket.

  • Infrastructure

    Reducing corruption in construction will save lives

    Ben Knight |  December 5, 2020

    Tackling corruption could help alleviate the scale of crises and its impact on vulnerable people, says international construction management and economics expert Professor George Ofori.

  • Energy

    Turning sunlight back into hydrogen

    Open Forum |  October 1, 2020

    Remote parts of Australia could be the perfect places to use abundant solar energy to create hydrogen fuels for a range of next generation applications.

Latest Story

  • Population: The elephant in the room

    Mark Nicol     |      November 26, 2020

    The growth in the world’s population – from 1 billion in 1800 to 7.8 billion today and perhaps 8.6 billion by mid-2030 – is the driving force behind many of the political, economic and environmental problems we are confronting.

  • Recruiters shouldn’t bother stalking applicants’ social media profiles

    Craig Donaldson     |      November 26, 2020

    UNSW Business School research has found there is little to no correlation for recruiters between a job candidate’s social media profile and potential on-the-job performance or retention levels.

  • You can’t sit with us: the rise of privately-owned public spaces

    Ben Knight     |      November 26, 2020

    The emergence of pseudo-public spaces raises fundamental questions about the value of people’s right to common ground.

  • Australia’s electoral system isn’t immune to US-style conspiracy theories

    Elise Thomas     |      November 25, 2020

    Australia should build trust in the electoral system through awareness campaigns to educate the public on the voting process, how their votes are counted and the steps being taken to ensure systems are secure.

  • Heads up on mental health

    Suresh Sundram     |      November 25, 2020

    If there’s ever been a time for a paradigm shift in the way we conceptualise mental health and treat mental illness, it’s now.

  • Fighting fake news with humour

    Lennon Chang     |      November 25, 2020

    A range of approaches is required to limit the production and dissemination of questionable content, and officialdom needs to change the way it communicates in the digital age, including the use of humour.

  • School anti-bullying schemes can do more harm than good

    Open Forum     |      November 24, 2020

    International research into the effectiveness of school bullying prevention programs shows that a high proportion of programs either do not reduce bullying or can even increase it.

  • Successful leaders are ‘one of us’

    Open Forum     |      November 24, 2020

    A successful leader is one who creates a shared sense of unity and identity in the groups they lead, according to University of Queensland research.

  • Regulating medical devices in the ‘Internet of things’

    Carolyn Johnston     |      November 24, 2020

    New research explores the gap between regulation and practice in healthcare devices, particularly for type 1 diabetes, that are part of the Internet of Things.

  • The rocky road to redemption

    Peter Jennings     |      November 23, 2020

    Paul Brereton’s report on SAS incidents forces us to confront the worst of what happened on our watch in Uruzgan Province. We should not lose the chance to think hard about the wider story: why we were there and what we thought we were doing.

  • Concrete architecture: beauty or beast?

    Ben Knight     |      November 23, 2020

    If you can look beyond the harsh exterior of brutalist architecture, you may find there is a little bit of beauty in buildings made of concrete.

  • Why Australian businesses miss out on innovation

    Open Forum     |      November 23, 2020

    A new report from Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has found that while Australian investment in science and technology for disease preparedness has driven a strong response to COVID-19, there are still fundamental barriers to innovation adoption.