• Society

    Group punishment just makes kids hate school


    Jeffrey Thomas |  July 16, 2019


    While group punishment is used in Australian schools, it is unfair and unlikely to improve behaviour – so why is it still acceptable in most education department policies?


  • Health

    Health minsters urged to resolve digital data issues


    Open Forum |  July 16, 2019


    Regulatory barriers that limit timely access to population and health data must be resolved to achieve better health outcomes for Australians, according to leading scientists and medical health researchers.


  • Science and Technology

    The music of the spheres


    Kenny McAlpine |  July 16, 2019


    To mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, NASA and the European Space Agency have released a collection of sounds spanning the history of space travel and astronomy. 


Latest Story

  • The perfection of David

    Christopher Marshall     |      July 7, 2019

    Michelangelo’s statue of David is the world’s most famous statement on physical perfection, and continues to inspire the next generation of artists 400 years after its creation.

  • More support needed for women in STEM

    Open Forum     |      July 7, 2019

    Women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are facing barriers that require changed in institutional attitudes and additional support to overcome.

  • Marine reserves help fishermen as well as fish

    Dustin Marshall     |      July 7, 2019

    Properly observed marine sanctuaries for fish around Australia could benefit fishermen as well as the ocean’s dwindling stocks of wild fish by helping to boost fish numbers.

  • We subscribe to movies and music, why not transport?

    Benjamin Kaufman     |      July 6, 2019

    For Australians, “Mobility-as-a-Service” may still be on the distant horizon, but subscription scooter services may be a sign of how we will soon approach urban transport solutions.

  • Curtin to test ‘mini’ satellite in orbit with European Space Agency

    Open Forum     |      July 6, 2019

    Researchers from Curtin University’s Space Science and Technology Centre have built their own pocket-sized satellite, which they will launch on a re-supply rocket to the International Space Station where it will be released into orbit.

  • Rethinking Australia’s citizenship bans

    John Coyne     |      July 6, 2019

    The logic behind Australia’s terrorism-related loss-of-citizenship provisions is meant to be brilliantly simple, but the reality of the measure could be counter-productive to its aims.

  • Mimicking nature’s own plastic to reduce man-made pollution

    Andrew Trounson     |      July 5, 2019

    Amino acid is the building block of life and researchers are aiming to use them as the basis to chemically produce compostable plastics to help address our worsening plastic waste problem.

  • Understanding our cravings for alcohol and fast food

    Isabelle Dubach     |      July 5, 2019

    A UNSW psychology experiment has shown why it can be so hard to direct our attention away from cues that might lead to behaviour we’d like to avoid, like drinking alcohol and eating unhealthy food.

  • Hedging against climate change

    Open Forum     |      July 5, 2019

    Researchers from Macquarie University and Western Sydney University have assessed whether the trees that characterise our urban landscapes will be resilient to our changing climate over the next 50 years.

  • A land of drought and flooding rains

    Conrad Wasko     |      July 4, 2019

    Understanding the interaction between increasing rainfall and dry soil conditions can help us make better plans to handle the consequences of climate change.

  • Protecting Australia’s critical infrastructure

    Rajiv Shah     |      July 4, 2019

    Critical infrastructure is an area where the cyber and physical worlds are converging. Compromise of digital systems affects our physical world too and so the authorities must safeguard both to protect Australia from malicious attacks.

  • How health checks pick up problems for the over-40s

    Open Forum     |      July 4, 2019

    Seeing a health professional for a full health screening – even when you feel healthy – from around age 40 enables people to make changes when problems first start to occur.