For Australia, the US election should provide an opportunity to rethink defence relationships, especially as they relate to nuclear weapons.
Is Australia's reliance on nuclear defence agreements keeping us on the wrong side of history?
Seymour Papert lectures on LOGO, computers and education.
Seymour Papert's vision has helped computers become widespread in education today, and gave birth to the movement to teach children to program.
Tracking what you stop to pay attention to and what you ‘don’t see’ can tell us a lot about what might be going on inside your mind.
Eye-tracking technology helps us understand how people interact with their environment. This can improve policy and design, but can also be a tool for surveillance and control.
The first thing is that the term entrepreneurship means different things to different people. So the starting point of any discussion is to agree not to use the term. People often mean start-ups – new…
The thrust of contemporary migration policy is not towards settlement but temporariness, not towards belonging but contingency.
Temporary migrants are excluded from the benefits and rights of Australian citizenship. Is such immigration policy compatible with Australia's democratic principles and values?
Rhonda Galbally and Bruce Bonyhady were both instrumental in the creation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Alan Porritt and Julian Smith (AAP)
Andrew Dodd talks to Rhonda Galbally and Bruce Bonyhady about their role in setting up the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Bone-marrow transplants to treat leukaemia are one of the miniscule number of stem-cell treatments that have a strong evidence base.
Australians clinics are offering stem-cell-based anti-ageing and cosmetic therapies that have not been clinically tested. Here's what we need to do to ensure consumers don't get ripped off, or worse.
All the magnets we’ve ever seen have a north and a south, but there might be some out there that have only one end.
Physicists have theorised about the existence of a magnetic monopole for decades, but we have yet to find one.
Bank tellers might not need to be worried about their jobs with the rise of cashless payments.
Despite a rise in cashless payments and a drop in customers drawing out cash, bank tellers might still have a future.
Predicting whether a child will commit a crime before their 18th birthday is fraught with problems.
Machine learning is being used to see if it's possible to predict whether someone will commit a crime some time in the future. But does this risk condemning people for a crime they haven’t committed?
The recently released Productivity Commission (PC) Trade & Assistance Review is a competent and thorough estimate of the costs of industry assistance. But missing, as always, are estimates of their…
A Hubble Space Telescope image of the Frontier Field, an area of the sky containing the galaxy cluster Abell S1063.
NASA / ESA and J. Lotz (STScl)
The Frontier Field seen by Hubble has a galaxy cluster which acts as a natural lens, magnifying even more distant galaxies into view from just several hundred million years after the Big Bang.
Italian migration to Australia is more temporary this time.
Italians still want to migrate to Australia, but are encountering job exploitation.
Many of the Orang Ulu people of Sarawak make money from handicrafts or food they have grown on their padi farms.
Zainal Abd Halim/Reuters
Many developing economies have already embraced the sharing economy, now they have a platform to get more out of it.
Warcraft: the Beginning is based on the wildly popular game World of Warcraft – a fantasy escape for tens of millions of people. Yet watching the film brings home uncomfortable truths about race.
The core of the Crab Nebula reveals outflowing material, powered by the central neutron star. This is a timelapse of Hubble Space Telescope images taken each decade and coloured separately revealing the rainbow pattern as the fast moving material changes between frames.
NASA / ESA
The beautiful image from Hubble hides a monster at its heart, as rainbow-coloured winds are blown outwards by the tremendous energies of a neutron star.
Was Marcia Langton right about the rate of violence experienced by Indigenous women?
Was academic Marcia Langton right about the rate of violence against Indigenous women?
New rules around what merchants can charge for use of credit or debit cards may be difficult to police.
The RBA has revised regulations on how much merchants can charge for using a credit or debit card which might make the practise more common.
Solar thermal technology uses the sun’s heat to generate electricity, or heating.
Beyond Coal & Gas Image Library/Flickr
Mining requires huge amounts of energy – could it be replaced with renewables?
Computers may be smarter than humans at some things, but are they intelligent?
Computing has been getting much smarter since the idea of artificial intelligent was first thought of 60 years ago. But are computers intelligent?