With so much build-up to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, the pressure not to fail is as great as it has ever been. This conference of parties (COP) follows the…
The government’s response to Ian Harper’s competition recommendations should underpin the next 20 years of Australia’s economic growth.
The response to the Harper recommendations on competition policy reform was mature and wisely sidestepped the issue that could derail debate on it.
Take my radically intuitive theory and ‘poof’, general relativity will be disproved.
General relativity challenges our intuitive conception of how space and time work, which might explain why it's such a popular target for crank theorists.
Lisbeth Salander returns in a new Millennium series novel.
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A new novel starring Lisbeth Salander has been written, despite creator Stieg Larsson's death. But is it a continuation, adaption, or pale imitation? What gets lost when authorship changes hands?
We don’t know Charlie Sheen’s specific medical details. But HIV treatment is effective at reducing transmission.
Charlie Sheen’s recent announcement that he has HIV has raised concerns about whether he may have transmitted the infection to other people.
Are we creating a generation of digitally illiterate students?
Just 55% of year 6 students and 52% of year 10 students are meeting the expected grades for ICT. What's going wrong?
The OPAL reactor at Lucas Heights in Sydney produces radioactive materials for medicine and manufacturing.
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Australia has been trying to construct a new nuclear storage site for the past thirty-five years without success.
Have questions about robots and artificial intelligence?
Is genuine artificial consciousness possible? Should we protect jobs from automation? Your questions on AI and robots answered here.
The second Universal Periodic Review of Australia took place under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council on November 9. Such reviews, which entail wide ranging scrutiny of a state’s human rights…
The government’s revised citizenship-stripping bill improves upon the original proposal in a number of ways.
The government's revised citizenship-stripping bill adopted all recommendations made by a parliamentary committee. But it's still no certainty to survive a High Court challenge.
You can feel the weight of an object on Earth because of its mass. But what is mass?
We talk about mass all the time but what is it that actually gives an object mass? And why do some things have mass and others have no mass at all?
As a product of the Melbourne music scene, Nick Cave’s global reputation has benefits for the city.
While Melbourne has claims to be the music capital of Australia, competition to join the ranks of the world's 'superstar music cities' is fierce.
Some who survived abuse as children have waited a lifetime to be heard, and the royal commission has given people like John Ellis that opportunity.
The silencing of children has as long a history as child abuse itself. It is why we need royal commissions, books, and now a play: to allow children to tell us the truth of what was done to them.
Ahead of the Paris climate summit businesses have made pledges, including to purchase power from renewable generation.
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What have businesses put on the table ahead of the Paris climate summit in December?
Is Airbnb fundamentally changing our cities?
Has Airbnb burst the "Disneyland" bubble that has enveloped our historical centres, governing their image and operations for export?
By laying charges against the Essendon Football Club, WorkSafe Victoria has accepted that its mandate extends to professional sports.
The implications of the bringing of OHS charges extend far beyond Essendon. For WorkSafe Victoria and professional sporting competitions, it is the equivalent of crossing the rubicon.
Thinking about Australia’s war experience in comparison with others will soften some of the hyperbole surrounding Anzac.
Armistice Day provides a moment to reflect on Australia’s self-identity in comparison to other nations that experienced the first world war and commemorate it to this day.
Hot on the tail of the VW emissions scandal, Australia will next year tighten diesel emissions standards.
Diesels typically have good fuel economy, but hot on the heels of the Volkswagen affair, Australia is set to tighten the rules for diesel car emissions - which will put a dent in engine performance.
Women and girls suffer some of the worst horrors of armed conflict, but are still denied a central role in preventing violence.
Women from around the world first came together 100 years ago to demand peace, and 15 years ago the UN recognised their central role in ending armed conflict. But the long journey is far from over.
In a recent piece for The Guardian, environmental journalist and activist George Monbiot lamented the poor state of environmental journalism globally. He points to the massive conflagration now occurring…