The 44th president is now gone. What mark does he leave on his country?
Why isn’t new technology reflected in our productivity stats?
Since the 1990s productivity has been slowing in Australia and elsewhere. We aren't really sure why this is, but here are a couple of theories that could explain it.
This might be a rarer sight without investment.
As Australia's fastest growing economic sector, tourism is long overdue for a level of government investment which matches its contribution to economic growth and employment.
New minister for industry, innovation and science, Arthur Sinodinos, is fond of the term innovation.
New minister Arthur Sinodinos seems all for the innovation catch-cry but perhaps it's time he dropped it.
Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses the World Economic Forum.
Xi Jinping is the first Chinese leader to attend the World Economic Forum and used his speech to denounce protectionism. But China's trade liberalisation has stalled recently.
Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds may find it harder to get unpaid work experience.
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A new study quantifies unpaid work experience in Australia and shows how some young people miss out.
NFL star Colin Kaepernick has declined to stand for the US national anthem.
When athletes take a stand on sociopolitical issues, they have a public profile by which to showcase their views. But they face criticism that it is not their 'place' to comment on sensitive matters.
A girl smells an individually crafted scent at Cat Jones’ Scent of Sydney.
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What's the smell you associate with your childhood home? Or road-trips? Or fear? Conceptual artist Cat Jones has created the Scent of Sydney for the Sydney Festival, exploring the city in smells.
Health professionals needs to be skilled in understanding what the other person is going through, so they can respond appropriately.
With more demand on doctors and nurses and a push for quicker consultations, clinical empathy is being dwarfed by the need for efficiency.
Debbie Reynolds poses with her daughter Carrie Fisher backstage after accepting her Lifetime Achievement award at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
After the deaths of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher in the last days of 2016, the release of a new documentary about their lives, Bright Lights, feels serendipitous. Already shown to some film festivals…
Accessible “green space” in cities is one of the things we will start measuring.
For a long time the way we measure what is going on in our economy and society has distorted our actions. We're now building a more holistic way of measuring progress.
That time is it on Earth?
National Measurement Institute
2016 has been a long year, but it'll be made slightly longer care of a leap second. But why do we need such things?
As the tackle that injured rugby league player Alex McKinnon shows, spinal cord injury can take place in a split-second.
Alex McKinnon’s case marks the first time a player has directly sued rugby league’s national governing body over an on-field injury in Australia.
The amount of tax payable from Australian corporations went down in this latest report.
As long as the ATO doesn't question why companies are reporting zero tax payable on their income, the public won't know if serious tax avoidance is happening.
The presidents and commissioners of major sporting organisations such as the International Olympic Committee and FIFA have all been men.
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Women are still grossly underrepresented as chairpeople, directors or chief executives of international sporting bodies, to the great detriment of those sports.
Waleed Aly’s 2016 Gold Logie win tells us that the audience has been more appreciative of Australian television’s diversity than the industry.
The Logies are fantastically daggy, but they let us compare audience and industry definitions of achievement. Looking back, it's clear the public celebrates new, diverse and varied television.
The growing numbers of pensioners in private rental accommodation use much of their income to pay for housing.
For the increasing proportion of people living in private rental accommodation who can expect to be dependent on the age pension, the prospects of financial and housing insecurity are grim.
Solar subsidies encouraged a massive take-up of solar panels in Australia.
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Now that our rooftop solar industry has matured, we need to reconsider the purpose of feed-in tariffs and align them with our goals for the electricity system in the future.
After the storm … Researchers are working together to predict future outbreaks of thunderstorm asthma.
Researchers from a range of disciplines need to work together if we are to predict and prepare for the next thunderstorm asthma event.
‘Tis the season to think about Christmas spending in a different way.
Five tips on how to spend in a way that contributes to social movements this Christmas.