• Defence and Security

    Meeting the authoritarian challenge


    Matthew Sussex |  July 23, 2021


    There are no easy ways to generate democratic resilience, but it is a crucial endeavour given the increasing range and severity of ‘grey zone’ assaults committed by China, Russia and other authoritarian nations.


  • Environment

    Clever cockatoos learn through social interaction


    Open Forum |  July 23, 2021


    60 years after blue tits in England learned to peck at silver milk bottle tops on doorsteps, Australian researchers have realised that cockatoos also learn how to open rubbish bins from each other.


  • Environment

    Restoring the world’s dry lands


    Open Forum |  July 23, 2021


    Although environmental concern often focuses on the loss of tropical forests, restoring the world’s dry lands to health should also be an urgent priority.


Latest Story

  • Is your love life an open (Face)book?

    Jorja Fraser     |      July 14, 2021

    Researchers at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s School of Health and Biomedical Sciences are looking for your help with a new project examining issues of jealousy and surveillance on the Facebook social media platform.

  • All at sea

    Kathryn Robinson     |      July 13, 2021

    Cruise lines enjoyed a renaissance in recent decades which came to an abrupt halt as COVID swept the world, with the industry suffering blows it may take a long time to recover from.

  • Restoring public trust in the fight against COVID

    Mark Evans     |      July 13, 2021

    Australia remains locked down with a stalled vaccine rollout, while the US, UK and other countries are opening up, and public trust in the government is eroding.

  • Every spot of green counts

    Open Forum     |      July 13, 2021

    Even the humble roadside verge plays an important role in the environment and for our health, according to an Australian and international study of parks and gardens.

  • The insights and idiocy of social media research

    Nicole Cruz     |      July 12, 2021

    The methods used to generate evidence for seemingly significant scientific findings regarding social media can also seem to support nonsensical claims.

  • Face to face

    Tyne Sumner     |      July 11, 2021

    New research looks at how the human face is represented in writing from the medieval to contemporary eras, revealing how we have interpreted human emotion for centuries.

  • Remembering the first post-pandemic Olympics

    Keith Rathbone     |      July 11, 2021

    Japan has battled through the pandemic to host the Olympic Games, albeit a year late and without spectators. However tough the conditions later this July, competitors at the first Olympics after the Spanish Flu – and Great War – had much more to put up with.

  • The COVID blame game

    Jason Thompson     |      July 11, 2021

    The term ‘living with COVID’ heralds a transition that may ultimately see blame for cases, illness, deaths and economic damage shifted away from Government and onto the individual.

  • Hola, salut, hello, ciao

    Ben Knight     |      July 11, 2021

    There’s never been a better time to start learning another language, and there could be some unexpected upsides.

  • Health v the economy is a false dichotomy

    Open Forum     |      July 10, 2021

    While the health of the economy and the population are often pitted against each other, most economists agree that lockdowns are the best option when tackling a serious COVID outbreak.

  • Winning the war for innovation

    Kapil Patil     |      July 9, 2021

    In its bid to stay competitive with China, Washington confronts the challenge of creating a global innovation order that is rules-based and safeguards the interests of both developed and developing countries.

  • Living with COVID-19?

    Rosemary Calder     |      July 9, 2021

    Sydney has been plunged into a tighter, and potentially longer lock-down to curb the spread of the Delta variant, but in the long term vaccinations will allow us to accept COVID as another endemic disease.