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  • Changing the conversation on Pacific infrastructure

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      August 1, 2022

    Australia should prioritise initiatives and models that deliver social, economic and environmental benefits in its aid to the Pacific.

  • What happened to the megalodon?

    Emma Kast     |      August 1, 2022

    Massive megalodon sharks ruled the oceans millions of years ago and new analyses of their giant fossilized teeth are helping scientists unravel the mystery of their extinction.

  • Strengthening Northern Australia

    Gillian Savage     |      August 1, 2022

    The challenge for the new minister for northern Australia is to ensure alignment of whole-of-nation outcomes and regional investment and development.

  • Farewell James Lovelock

    Tim Flannery     |      July 31, 2022

    Influential scientist and climate campaigner James Locklock has died at the age of 103.

  • China’s propaganda war over Xinjiang

    Open Forum     |      July 31, 2022

    China’s online propaganda operations deny, distract and deter voices critical of Bejing’s oppression of Uyghurs by flooding social media with positive depictions of Xinjiang and whitewashing evidence of human rights abuses.

  • Dare to succeed

    Alastair Blanshard     |      July 30, 2022

    A new book, “Ambition: An Essay on the Burning Desire to Rise” by Eckart Goebel, offers an historical and philosophical examination of this emotion and how the West has viewed it over the centuries.

  • A World Cup of two halves

    David Rowe     |      July 30, 2022

    The soccer World Cup takes place in Qatar, that famous hotbed of football fervour, in November this year, when human rights will be in the spotlight as much as England’s inevitable elimination on penalties in the semi-final.

  • Peacebuilding in the Pacific

    James Cox     |      July 30, 2022

    Australia has made a concerted pivot towards the Pacific. Although the attention is welcome, Australia’s tools and methods of foreign policy need updating.

  • Storm in a brickworks

    Max Thomas     |      July 29, 2022

    Strategies to deal with storm water runoff need careful planning, exemplified by the furore around the Burwood brickworks development stormwater system.

  • Cast iron facts about tin-foil hats

    Open Forum     |      July 29, 2022

    It may seem like more and more people are falling prey to increasingly bizarre conspiracy theories such as QAnon and flat Earth ‘theory’, but such beliefs may actually not have increased over time, according to US and UK researchers.

  • It’s a scorcher

    Renita Coleman     |      July 29, 2022

    Heatwaves might seem an opportune time to talk about climate change action – but research suggests this could prove ineffectual.

  • Remembering the lessons of Covid

    William Leben     |      July 29, 2022

    We speak casually about living in ‘uncertain times’ a great deal. For a very large chunk of the population, the Covid-19 pandemic has been the only truly uncertain time they have experienced.