• International

    Unlocking science for small island states


    Open Forum |  May 28, 2024


    An urgent call for increased international support and collaboration for science in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) has been released in a declaration by the International Science Council SIDS Liaison Committee at the 4th international conference on SIDS in Antigua and Barbuda.


  • Energy

    Not in my back yard


    Lucy Richardson |  May 28, 2024


    While public opinion polls show broad support for more action to reduce climate emissions in theory, local opposition to renewable energy schemes continues to grow.


  • Society

    Will bird flu be the next pandemic?


    Vinod Balasubramaniam |  May 28, 2024


    The first case of H5N1 bird flu was reported in Australia last week. Is the world prepared for what could lead to the next pandemic?


Latest Story

  • Science needs to tell its story

    Peter Doherty     |      April 26, 2024

    In one sense, Trump has done the world of intellectual inquiry a service: He is forcing those fighting disinformation to engage on a much broader front than just relying on critical thinking and a respect for evidence.

  • America alone

    John West     |      April 26, 2024

    America’s foreign policy has always been a battleground between isolationist and internationalist forces, according to Charles Kupchan. The tussle continues to this very day, and could intensify if Donald Trump wins the next US Presidential election.

  • Universities face a cash crunch

    Anthony Welch     |      April 26, 2024

    Government plans to reduce the number of overseas students are forcing the Australian universities which have come to depend on their fees to contemplate opening more branches abroad.

  • The dress and the rabbit

    Alan Stevenson     |      April 25, 2024

    Optical illusions and ambiguous pictures are more than parlour puzzles but can open our eyes to the scientific study of human perception and the role our brains play in shaping what we think we see.

  • Robots on the reef

    Open Forum     |      April 25, 2024

    QUT researchers have developed a robot to capture images of baby tank-grown corals destined for the Great Barrier Reef. The system will help keep the growing corals happy and healthy before they are deployed and save researchers thousands of hours of coral counting time.

  • Not in my name

    Roger Chao     |      April 25, 2024

    The appalling events in Bondi Junction have given us all pause for thought in recent days, in a world where such horrors are all too common.

  • ESG investing in people and the planet

    Rosemary Addis     |      April 24, 2024

    Environmental and social issues need to be considered together for sustainable finance reforms to contribute positively to the wellbeing of the planet and its people.

  • The idea factory

    Open Forum     |      April 24, 2024

    AI chatbots can offer a novel avenue for idea generation, simulating multidisciplinary workshops that traditionally require significant time and resources. Soon we won’t need people at all, will we?

  • Australia’s healthy health sector

    Open Forum     |      April 24, 2024

    New research from the Productivity Commission has found Australia’s healthcare system delivers some of the best value for money of any in the world.

  • Two into one won’t go

    Anne Twomey     |      April 23, 2024

    Lucy Bradlow and Bronwen Bock, have announced that they will run as job-sharing independent candidates for the inner-Melbourne federal seat of Higgins but that doesn’t mean they’ll be able to do so.

  • Planning by numbers

    Open Forum     |      April 23, 2024

    Leading planning and geospatial figures are calling for a coordinated approach to digitising and streamlining Australia’s urban planning systems.

  • Debunking Dunning-Kruger

    Eric Gaze     |      April 23, 2024

    The Dunning-Kruger effect – that unqualified people over-estimate their ability – is often quoted and uncritically cited, but may be misleading, if not entirely untrue.