How do you look to a bee? A face shown through a “bee eye” camera.
A. Dyer and S. Williams (RMIT)
Bees and wasps can recognise people's faces – despite having less than one million brain cells, compared to 86,000 million brain cells that make up a human brain.
Most of Australia’s population is concentrated in big cities like Sydney and Melbourne.
Planners have long tried to determine the ideal city size, and ideas have evolved with changing circumstances. But a good city depends more on the way it's managed than on how many people it holds.
New AMP chair David Murray’s prescription for corporate governance doesn’t acknowledge the structural drivers of systemic misconduct.
Evidence to the Banking Royal Commission points to the systemic failings of corporate governance built on the idea of shareholder primacy. It's time to rethink the unitary board system for a start.
Traditional support networks too often fail our artists.
The performing arts is the canary in the coalmine of the gig economy.
Conversations about gender and stereotypes can start at home, while playing in the sandpit.
Rigid gender roles and stereotypes are key drivers of violence against women. So let's challenge these by starting young.
Family day care workers provide this essential service from their homes, but being classed as independent contractors means they lack many employment protections.
Family day care workers have much in common with home-based workers in the garment industry. But the latter are classed as employees, resulting in better representation and protected work conditions.
The royal commission has left AMP with a lot of explaining to do, much of it related to how performance targets drove poor behaviour.
Pressure to meet ever-higher performance targets can lead to misconduct of the sort exposed by the royal commission. Targets need to operate within a framework of ethical governance to avoid this.
The NBN is on the path to being privatised after construction finishes.
The NBN is on track to be privatised after the infrastructure is completed, but there are a number of other options that would retain the benefits of its disruption of the telecommunications market.
A parking attendant strolls through a rooftop car park in Melbourne.
There are thousands of empty parking spots in cities. So what can we do to make better use of this space?
The rise in new housing in Australia is outpacing population growth.
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It's said Australia's housing affordability problem is the result of new housing stock not keeping pace with population growth. But there is actually enough housing, so why can't the poor afford it?
Bata dari jamur dapat membuat bangunan lebih tahan dan aman.
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Sekam padi dan serbuk kaca yang direkatkan dengan jamur dapat dijadikan bahan bangunan yang berpotensi menyelamatkan nyawa dan planet.
AMP Chair David Murray says it should be harder for shareholders to start class actions.
Splitting company boards and allowing employees to elect board members are just the start of the reforms needed to fix corporate governance.
Australian cannabis laws struggle to keep up with the public’s progressive stance.
Australian laws are less progressive than the Australian public's attitude to cannabis in term of decriminalisation, access to medicinal marijuana, and to some extent, full legislation.
Energy poverty is no longer restricted to a few older or low-income householders.
Energy justice is a social issue, and by leaving it up to vulnerable people to sort it out for themselves, we as a society risk making it even worse.
Social housing offers stability for those at risk of homelessness.
Social housing is important in the fight against homelessness. But we don't actually know that it helps vulnerable people in any other areas of life.
The value of sport.
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As we reach the World Cup's halfway point, we're asking: what is sport worth? On today's episode, we explore the money and diplomatic power plays lingering behind the scenes of every big tournament.
To properly consider climate risks for their business, directors need the financial expertise of accountants.
Company directors have been put on notice about their duty to consider and disclose climate change risks. And to do that properly they need to call on the expertise of accountants.
Telstra CEO has dramatically restructured the company.
The new strategy is centred on investment in 5G while making Telstra smaller and simpler. But 5G might not fill the A$3 billion hole caused by the NBN.
Fungal bricks have the potential to create safer and more sustainable buildings.
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Waste byproducts from rice and glass combined with fungus can create a construction material with the potential to save lives and the planet.
Shepparton residents are clearly disadvantaged by having far fewer daily train services to Melbourne than other regional centres.
Regional areas are expanding, and yet not enough attention is being paid to improving rail access to capital cities. This affects the liveability of the areas.