The Joint European Torus (seen here with a superimposed image of a plasma) is one of the machines helping to unlock fusion power.
Why don't we have nuclear fusion power yet? Because it involves taming plasmas at temperatures far hotter than the Sun's core. But the good news is that physicists are slowly but surely figuring out how.
The government taxation mantra of lower, simpler, fairer doesn’t seem to extend to indexing bracket creep.
The government is counting on bracket creep to quietly add to its tax collections. But this is simply taxation by stealth.
Agriculture remains a major employer in Australia but the challenges of competition, food security and climate change are on the horizon.
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As the Coalition government prepares its second budget, how is the "five pillar" economy promised by Tony Abbott faring?
Astronomers from around the world identify their favourite images sent back to Earth by the Hubble Space Telescope.
The rationale for cutting advisory bodies has been reducing red tape - but the loss can often be a valuable counter-opinion.
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The decommissioning of the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee mans the government loses an independent source of advice - at a time they arguably need it.
Melbourne teenager Jake Bilardi was troubled and thus susceptible to Islamic State propaganda well before he joined them and died as a suicide bomber.
The instinctive response to Islamic State propaganda is to counter it with more propaganda. But my analysis shows that's not working. We should not play their game on their field with their ball.
The way forward? Light rail helps urban development far more than roads do - the challenge is how to pay for it.
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Light rail is good for cities, but it's also expensive, which is why many Australian cities have opted for buses instead. But there is a way to get top-drawer public transport using private dollars.
Has treasurer Joe Hockey already made up his mind about the more controversial tax suggestions in the recent Re:think discussion paper?
Treasurer Joe Hockey's media comments this week around contentious tax issues don't bode well for the Taxation White paper.
The process of therapy is challenging and takes courage.
If you or someone you care about experience an emotional problem it won't be long before you hear that cognitive behaviour therapy, or CBT, is probably the treatment of choice.
Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett has not responded happily to hints by federal government ministers that his state must privatise assets if they want a larger slice of the GST pie.
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Western Australia should not be bullied into microeconomic reform and privatisation by the federal government while their slice of the GST is held to ransom.
Sometimes you need more than a romantic sunset.
Sexology is the interdisciplinary scientific study of human sexuality, including sexual behaviours, interests and function. A sexologist is a trained professional who specialises in human sexuality.
In order to connect with the audience, slam poems represent the quotidian, the everyday.
During Shakespeare’s time the art of poetry was in the performance. Not so different from modern-day slam poetry.
If Treasurer Joe Hockey is looking for tax answers, he has many reports to call on.
Five years on from the Henry tax review, Australians are again being asked to rethink the tax system, with reform still years away.
Allowing people to raid their superannuation early is likely to have significant unintended consequences.
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Australia's retirement income system is unsustainable, and there seems little political appetite to tackle the big issues.
Women and older people form two ‘armies’ Treasurer Joe Hockey is hoping will help protect Australia’s future prosperity.
Experts question where the jobs for older Australians will come from.
Thorium has its advantages over uranium nuclear power, but is it right for Australia?
Thorium has several advantages over uranium nuclear power, but it also has its drawbacks. However, the question remains whether it would be the right technology should Australia choose to go nuclear.
The McClure Report should start a conversation, not be the end-point in welfare reform debate.
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The McClure review into Australia’s welfare system is an important milestone - but it is not the end game. The report, chaired by former Mission Australia head Patrick McClure, has undertaken an analysis…
Can everyone be a winner from comprehensive tax reform?
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Just what are the issues we need to watch when it comes to tax reform? Read this explainer.
Some of the antennas of the Murchison Widefield Array radio telescope, designed to uncover what happened in the first billion years of the universe.
More than 100 million years has been wiped off the age of the first stars but there is still the question of what happened in the first billion years of the universe. Earlier this month the European Space…
Cities are always much more complex than their popular perceptions.
What is the future of Australia’s wealthiest state? The Conversation, in conjunction with Griffith REVIEW and Curtin University, is publishing a series of articles exploring the unique issues facing Western…