• Space

    A new generation of private space stations


    Alice Gorman |  December 6, 2021


    Commercial launch vehicles have begun to dominate operations to take payloads into orbit, and now private space stations are set to take to the skies.


  • Environment

    Are there plenty more fish in the sea?


    Open Forum |  December 6, 2021


    An international team of scientists including researchers from The University of Western Australia and Institute of Zoology in London has pioneered a ground-breaking new ‘non-lethal’ way to count fish in the open ocean, which it’s hoped will be used for conservation and ecosystem restoration.


  • Health

    Exercise in a pill for at-risk people?


    Open Forum |  December 6, 2021


    Researchers from The Australian National University have identified unique molecular signals in the body that could hold the key to developing a supplement capable of administering the health benefits of exercise to patients incapable of physical activity.


Latest Story

  • Entrepreneurship for all

    Lisa Bosman     |      November 21, 2021

    It’s time to integrate the entrepreneurial mindset across the university and truly prepare students to succeed in the post-pandemic world.

  • Facts, faith and the future

    Alan Stevenson     |      November 21, 2021

    Scientific fact, rather than religion faith, should motivate decision making in the face of growing challenges.

  • Chill, folks

    Richard Holden     |      November 21, 2021

    True wages growth, and true price growth, is probably less than the official figures suggest – meaning there’s no need for alarm about inflation in Australia.

  • Reconsidering Australia’s interests after COP26

    Wesley Morgan     |      November 21, 2021

    Australia’s approach to international relations is defined by support for a rules-based global order. After Glasgow, it’s time to reconsider Australia’s national interests in the context of a world shifting toward net-zero emissions.

  • Strong men on and off the field

    Jessie Moritz     |      November 20, 2021

    Saudi Arabia seeks to play an increasingly visible role in European football but the purchase of Newcastle United Football Club reflects the wider trend of authoritarian governments investing in international sports.

  • The brave new world of neuroscience

    Yongsoo Kim     |      November 20, 2021

    Mapping cell types in the brain and how they communicate with one another allows neuroscientists to understand how the brain works, and what happens when cells go missing or malfunction.

  • The defence of Australia begins in Taiwan

    Peter Jennings     |      November 20, 2021

    China is building up its military at breakneck speed and preparing to strike at Taiwan. While its apologists will frame the invasion as inevitable, and in internal affair, Australia and the world’s democracies cannot stand helplessly aside.

  • Where is Peng Shuai?

    Fergus Ryan     |      November 20, 2021

    As international concern about Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai’s whereabouts grows and more of the world’s top tennis stars weigh in, Beijing’s propagandists are floundering.

  • Alone together

    Open Forum     |      November 19, 2021

    While public trust in government and the police increased during the pandemic, the damage done to our social connections during prolonged lockdowns left us lonelier than ever.

  • Open all hours

    Kathy Bowrey     |      November 19, 2021

    Inspired by a European open-access initiative, Chief Scientist Cathy Foley wants to make all publicly funded Australian research publications free for the public to read.

  • Russia’s reckless anti-satellite test

    Malcolm Davis     |      November 19, 2021

    In blowing up a satellite and endangering the space environment for decades to come, Putin’s aggressive and reckless regime has seriously damaged the prospects for meaningful progress in arms control in space.

  • China muscles into Pacific marine reserve

    Richard Herr     |      November 18, 2021

    The Kiribati government is removing protection from a vast marine reserve to rake in fishing revenue from China.