New Zealand’s National MPs are set to elect their fifth leader in just four years to take on Jacinda Ardern’s government. What “habits of the unsuccessful” should they avoid in their next leader?
One of Sondheim’s greatest achievements was his ability to write women that actors want to play. His works have singularly elevated the Broadway diva – of all ages.
Criticism of the Morrison government’s slow vaccine rollout has taken out the Macquarie Dictionary’s Word of the Year.
Not much data, but lessons have been learned from the slow response to delta.
The Scanlon Foundation Research Institute’s 2021 Mapping Social Cohesion Report found that while concern about the pandemic ebbs and flows, COVID has not shaken the nation’s social cohesion.
The government’s plan to make social media companies hand over trolls’ details aims to make it easier for victims to sue their harassers for defamation. But this conflates two very different concepts.
By introducing tactics of direct action and digital mobilisation, Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion have renewed the climate movement and accelerated climate action.
Vaccination and testing requirements will limit the number of infected people leaving Auckland, but cases are likely to spread across the country as people travel in the lead-up to the holiday season.
Universities supposedly have adopted a more corporate approach – but most corporate board members have expertise in the area their company operates in and are more accountable to shareholders.
The best AI chess computer outperforms the best human chess players. Yet the most supreme chess play on Earth comes from a human, helped by AI.
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The world needs to learn to live with the virus. And governments must follow the science and don’t distort it for political expediency.
Given the Omicron variant has already spread beyond southern Africa, a ban on travellers from those countries will slow the spread and buy crucial time, but won’t stop this strain in its tracks.
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There’s a new COVID lineage called B.1.1.529. It has a genetic profile very different from other circulating variants
Tiny pieces of an asteroid have revealed an unlikely origin for much of the water in Earth’s oceans.
The ‘Schitt’s Creek’ holiday special, a fan favourite, showed how the omipresence of Christmas has offered (especially intermarried) Jews a variety of non-exclusive options for the holiday season.
Squid Game alludes to anti-worker violence that has permeated South Korean labour history, and reminds viewers of the need to overcome real inequalities.
Northern Australia’s tropical savanna is one of the most fire-prone regions on the planet. We need to change the way we manage fires so we can help native wildlife come back from the brink.
Most of Australia’s books are distributed by just one company. The stress of COVID has hit this supplier, and your local bookshop.
Many farmers want to do the right thing. But their livelihoods will be threatened if weak visa rules allow dodgy operators to mistreat migrant workers.
Australia’s bushfire response relies on foreign satellites, which are not designed to assess our highly flammable eucalypt-clad landscapes.