• Environment

    More clouds could mean less rain in Australia


    Kim Reid |  December 6, 2019


    A giant, continent-sized cloud that dumps rain from Broome to Hobart has increased in frequency over the past 33 years, but its impact may not be what you expect.


  • Science and Technology

    Celebrating citizen scientists


    Open Forum |  December 6, 2019


    Academic journal rules are penalising citizen scientists and indigenous knowledge, according to a group of US and Australian scientists who want citizen scientists included as authors on journal papers.


  • China

    Helping China chart a diplomatic course


    Allan Behm |  December 6, 2019


    China’s international behaviour reflects its friendlessness. Like Russia it relies on bullying and bluster, subornation and subversion rather than negotiation and persuasion, and Australia can help it chart a more productive path.


Latest Story

  • Closing the IT gap for indigenous Australians

    Dion Devow     |      December 5, 2019

    Although information technology may still seem foreign to many Indigenous communities, embracing IT could help sustain, preserve and communicate tbe oldest living culture on earth.

  • A splash of green can banish the blues

    Kathleen Wolf     |      December 5, 2019

    Urban greening is emerging as a key part of the solution to some of our major health and environmental challenges.  Here are eight ways to bring a little bit of nature to our city lives.  

  • Cultural values and democracy

    Open Forum     |      December 5, 2019

    The relationship of cultural values and democracy is a ‘chicken and egg’ conundrum, does one rely on the other, or are they inter-dependent? New research on political trust may shed light on the answer.

  • Australian climate politics need an independent path

    Warren Brown     |      December 4, 2019

    The failure of Australia’s traditional political parties to act on the worsening climate crisis means that independent politicians must step up to force their hand in the Senate.

  • A win for free speech?

    Michael Douglas     |      December 4, 2019

    New proposals for media reforms will make it harder for people to successfully sue a news organisation for defamation.

  • Australia’s ageing population deserves a proper policy

    Ebony Stansfield     |      December 4, 2019

    Demographic change is projected to slow labour force growth, reducing national income and tax revenue, but this will only be a problem if policy makers ignore it.

  • Rescuing Australia’s lost students

    Jim Watterston     |      December 3, 2019

    The alarmingly high number of school-aged Australians detached from education has been largely hidden – until now.

  • Tackling Chinese military infiltration of Western universities

    Alex Joske     |      December 3, 2019

    Australian and other western universities have been all too eager to accept funding from China for research projects which bolster the Chinese military’s threat.

  • “Traffic lights” could encourage healthier food choices

    Open Forum     |      December 3, 2019

    The effectiveness of the Health Star Rating system in helping consumers make healthier food choices could be increased by using ‘traffic lights’, new research led by Curtin University has found.

  • Why most music students drop out

    Rachel White     |      December 2, 2019

    More than half of year 10 music students in NSW dropped the subject by the time they reached year 12, often so they could choose subjects that would help them get a higher ATAR.

  • Are 1 in 4 young people ‘addicted’ to smartphones?

    Open Forum     |      December 2, 2019

    A metastudy by researchers at King’s College London has estimated that one in four young people have a “behavioural addiction” to smartphones, but doubts have been raised over the validity of this interpretation.

  • The global disinformation order

    Philip Howard     |      December 2, 2019

    We once hoped that social media would help bring down dictatorships, but the use of social media by authoritarian countries to spread their propaganda around the world is actually undermining democratic nations.