Should Australia seek a ballistic missile defence capability, like that of the United States?
US Department of Defense
Ultimately, the argument for Australia to acquire ballistic missile defence does not stack up.
Rolling the legal age of smoking forward will result in fewer new smokers.
If legislation currently before the Tasmanian parliament passes, the state could be the first in the world to prohibit the sale of tobacco to people born after 2000.
Countries should make pledges to fund low-carbon research - such as developing solar technology - and development as part of global climate talks.
University of Salford Press Office/Flickr
Countries will take emissions reduction pledges to international climate talks in Paris at the end of this year. Those pledges should also include funds for low-carbon R&D.
After recent lacklustre ratings MasterChef is back with a bang – so what’s the secret?
While MasterChef might teach us a lot about food and food trends, it also glosses over some of the harsher realities of the industry that produces this food. What's the secret to its sudden ratings boost?
A submarine missile-launching capacity brings the threat closer to the shores of the target country.
North Korea does not yet have the capacity to launch a nuclear missile from a submarine. Its recent test, however, suggests it is making progress to a game-changing second-strike capability.
Rising sea levels are one of the clearest and most widespread manifestations of climate change.
Since 1993, satellites have been used as well as tidal gauges to monitor sea level. A new calibration of this satellite record now shows that the rise in sea level is gathering pace.
Not all science is about blue-sky research, such as that done at the Large Hadron Collider.
Maximilien Brice, CERN
If science wants to maintain funding it needs to be more socially relevant, but that will require reforming the metrics we use to judge its success.
A feral cat cull in Tasmania increased the local population of cats.
Cats and foxes are two of the greatest threats to Australian wildlife. Culling might be one solution, but sometimes culls do more harm than good.
Christine Milne with her successor Richard Di Natale after stepping down as the Greens' federal leader.
Christine Milne has been seen as an ideological politician. But her record of working with minority governments of both stripes showed she could deliver on her agenda from outside the mainstream.
A US Coast Guard icebreaker cuts a swathe through the icy the Southern Ocean earlier this year, on its way to rendezvous with a stricken fishing vessel.
Allyson Conroy/US Coast Guard/Wikimedia Commons
On the eve of a summit in Chile to discuss the protection of marine life in Antarctic waters, much still needs to be done to guard against overfishing, climate change and other threats.
Belle Gibson didn’t cure her cancer with whole goods – but the outraged response to the deception shows that moral norms still prevail.
We must ask ourselves how healthy it is to publicly shame a vulnerable person and what the right balance is between culpability and a sense of care and generosity to those who have done the wrong thing.
Pukara, Roy Underwood, Lennard Walker, Simon Hogan and Ian Rictor, Acrylic on canvas, Western Australia, 2013.
© the artists, courtesy Spinifex Arts Project
The exhibition inevitably raises the ugly head of the Elgin Marbles – but all this noise drowns out the quiet activism of the show itself.
Most of Tasmania’s relatively small prison population is housed at Risdon Prison Complex.
Wikimedia Commons/'Risdon' by Wiki ian
Imprisonment rates in Tasmania have steadily declined over the past decade -- the only state or territory where this has happened. That is a result of progressive and effective corrections policies.
To save wildlife we’ll need to intensify our resource use to leave space for conservation.
With increasing human pressure on the environment, how can we save wildlife while lifting people out of poverty? A new manifesto argues for using technology to intensify energy and agriculture.
Japan will need to try again to justify killing whales for scientific research.
AAP Image/Supplied by Sea Shepherd Australia, Tim Watters
Japan's proposed new program to kill whales for science has been rejected by an international expert panel.
The “MONA effect” has set Tasmania’s arts scene on fire – will Richard Flanagan’s Man Booker win do the same for its literature?
Richard Flanagan's 2014 Man Booker Prize has put Tasmanian writing in the spotlight – and the announcement of new state literary prizes has helped too. So what is distinctive about Tasmanian literature?
Mountains of data are being collected on you, and much of it is beyond your grasp.
Metadata is only the beginning. The Big Data trend means there's a lot more information about us out there that can be tracked or monitored.
Did foxes ever make it to Tasmania? DNA evidence suggests they did.
New evidence suggests there no foxes in Tasmania. Were there ever? Even if there weren't, the state's multi-million dollar fox hunt was worth it to save wildlife.
Cyclone Pam has left a shell of Uwen Garae’s home in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
The devastation to Vanuatu left in the wake of Cyclone Pam shows small islands in the Pacific need a climate insurance scheme, similar to what has been achieved in the Caribbean.
Could devils help solve our feral cat crisis? The devil might be in the detail.
Proposals to reintroduce Tassie devils to the Australian mainland have argued devils could help control feral cats. But new research shows there's no simple answer.