A visitor at London’s Royal Academy contemplates Blue Poles, a work that captures the chaos and creativity of the 20th century.
The creative arts can activate emotion – the key to action – more powerfully than the average demagogue.
Donald Trump’s fiscal policies will struggle to meet both his rhetoric and his supporters’ expectations.
Trump's trickle-down economic ideas to cut taxes and invest in infrastructure may not go to plan. So it's not the type of fiscal policy leadership the world needs.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have approached the US economy from two completely different directions.
Looking back over past US elections you can see how the terms of the economic debate have varied – as the solutions to past crises have set the groundwork for renewed instability.
Animal welfare advocates protesting a bill to stop whistleblowers in the agricultural industry.
Businesses are trying to set up procedures to help whistleblowers, but better guidance, incentives and regulation are still needed, new research finds.
Why is criticism so often associated with killjoy negativity? It can convey joy as well as discrimination.
Grumpy curmudgeons, ex-artists writing about friends ... art critics here rarely help viewers understand the challenges of new work.
The yuan’s joining of the SDR reserve currency club signifies a new era of international growth for China.
The Chinese government should focus less on promoting the yuan internationally and more on domestic financial reform.
Australian schoolchildren are being taught financial literacy through programs often run by big banks.
The government has heavily invested in initiatives intended to help children understand finance. But should this be taught by school teachers instead who are sensitive to kid's backgrounds?
If artificial intelligence can scan thousands of medical papers at the click of a button, will we need doctors in the future?
Opinion in the medical establishment is sure to be divided as to whether AI helpers are a good thing or just a flashy toy.
Artist’s rendition of a raid on a Chinese gambling house, 1872.
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Chinese gamblers in Australia were once prosecuted and had to stand up for their rights, now they are sought after by Australian casino owners.
Pregnant women in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia were faced with the double fear of dying from Ebola as well during childbirth.
We found that less than 1% of published research papers around the time of both outbreaks, that related to the outbreaks, actually explored their gendered impact.
Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm is among those pushing for restrictions on the Adler shotgun to be lifted.
The hyperbole about the Adler shotgun simply does not match with the facts. This is symptomatic of the generally poor quality of debate around firearm policy in Australia.
Within weeks of the ‘Children Overboard’ claims, the Howard government enforced a media blackout of sorts on asylum seekers.
How do the media management strategies devised in haste 15 years ago affect how asylum seekers are portrayed today?
Upper Coomera is one of those fast-growing fringe suburbs that are hotter because of tightly packed housing with less greenery.
Recently published research has found that the concentration of poorer people in hotter places is a real problem for cities' capacity to cope with climate change.
Australia’s car industry got left behind on emissions standards.
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Australia's lax attitudes to vehicle emissions has been overlooked in Ford's exit.
The 27-year old ban on international ivory trade has clearly failed to deliver a sustained solution to the poaching crisis.
Ivory was a major talking point at the CITES CoP17 conference.Many feel the ban on trade doesn't work while others believe the ban is the only way to save the iconic species.
Some changes to visa rules could make travel easier for scientists.
Scientists from the developing world perceive current visa rules as a major impediment to professional travel. They miss out on opportunities to collaborate globally.
Suicide is uncommon during pregnancy – it occurs more frequently when a pregnancy is over.
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The clinical committee reviewing obstetrics services for the federal government's Medicare review said suicide is one of the leading causes of maternal death in Australia. Is that true?
Despite the increased focus on corporate social responsibility, businesses don’t seem to be cleaning up their act.
Publicly listed Australian companies are still falling short of proper corporate social responsibility, judging by most recent reports.
Persistent low growth shows fiscal and monetary policy aren’t working.
In the battle against slow economic growth, perhaps the government and Reserve Bank should try doing nothing and let the economy restore itself.
Death and destruction are a daily reality in Syria as the civil war drags on.
Tourism will have to be a key element in future peace-building and peace-keeping strategies in Syria.