Vital Signs takes stock of all the key elements of a city’s successes and challenges, and the Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation uses this data to guide its grant-making.
Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation
A decade after Toronto produced the first Vitals Signs report, community foundations in Melbourne and other cities are using these reports' up-to-date data to inform their decisions.
Marketers are using your data to make predictions about what you’ll want, when.
This is how marketers are taking advantage of customer data to build predictive algorithms, and even tailor their products and offerings.
Tilman Ruff (back centre) and a group of ICAN campaigners protest outside Australia’s permanent mission to the UN at Geneva.
Tim Wright, ICAN
A grassroots movement with its genesis in Melbourne has won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Electric cars will shake up everything from jobs to tax.
Governments racing to grab a lead in the global quest to position their countries for the car industry of the future.
A 3-kilometre-long arm of the Virgo detector at the European Gravitational Observatory.
Source: EGO-Virgo - CC-BY-SA
The 2015 discovery by the US gravitational wave observatory LIGO of a distant chirp from the death-spiral of two black holes was a tremendous intellectual, engineering and scientific achievement. Since…
Detail from a statue of the Virgin Mary cradling the body of Jesus (15th-century Slovenia). For many centuries, the pain that could accompany dying was seen as punishment for sin and ultimately redemptive.
For centuries, in Western societies, 'euthanasia' referred to a pious death, blessed by God. The pain that could accompany dying was seen as ultimately redemptive.
The popularity of the corporate campus over the past fifty years suggests the form is here to stay.
The SAGE Symposium in Brisbane this year brought together hundreds of interested parties across STEM to share and learn best practice in gender and diversity equity.
Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE)
To be a champion of science you must also be a champion of diversity in science.
The new A$10 banknote, part of a series. The next new banknote to be released will be the A$50, planned for 2018.
Reserve Bank of Australia
The new series of Australian banknotes are not a designer's dream but they are the strongest yet in terms of preventing counterfeiting.
A safe injecting facility is a priority for Melbourne, but more can be done Australia wide.
The parliamentary inquiry into establishing an injecting room in Victoria has failed to make any recommendations. This is despite finding drug use is at crisis levels in the area.
Embedded medical devices will continue to be vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. The pacemaker depicted is not made by Abbott’s.
Pacemakers are Internet of Things devices for the human body, but they're still not particularly secure.
Shopping centre and retailers need to give shoppers a reason to go to physical stores.
Retailers and shopping centre operators need to entice customers to stores, leading to some interesting experiments.
Navin75/Flickr, Australian Marine Conservation Society, ANU
In this episode of Change Agents, Andrew Dodd speaks with Darren Kindleysides and Don Rothwell on how Australia won a case against Japan's whaling activities at the International Court of Justice.
Phone manufacturers, like the Dutch company Fairphone, require suppliers of raw materials used in their phones to improve employment conditions for their workers.
Businesses can use their purchasing power to change the actions of their suppliers and help to eradicate slavery - both in Australia and across the world.
The Robert E. Lee statue for which the ‘Unite the Right’ rally was organized to protest its removal in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The violence sparked by the removal of Confederate statues in the US shows the ideas that collect around historical monuments. Sometimes it's better to remove them; yet they can be an important way of remembering trauma.
In the seventeenth century lawyers, civil servants and other new professionals began to work from offices in Amsterdam, London and Paris.
The history of the office illustrates not only how our work has changed but also how work's physical spaces respond to cultural, technological and social forces.
Dependency on opioid painkillers is roughly twice as bad in rural and regional areas of Australia.
Dependency on opioid painkillers reflects what we already know about life in the small towns of Australia - people tend to have poorer health.
Dr Tim Holland (seated right) assisting volunteers in the excavation of the ribs of
Austrosaurus mckillopi in 2015.
The location of a dinosaur find on a remote Queensland sheep station was lost for almost 80 years. But the site was rediscovered, and details are now emerging about the make up of the new dinosaur.
Matt Canavan says he did not know he was an Italian citizen, claiming his mother signed him up on his behalf.
Matt Canavan was seemingly able to obtain Italian citizenship without being born or spending any time in Italy.
The density of gas in and around a simulated galaxy just over a billion years after the Big Bang. New gas is arriving at too great a rate for the galaxy to convert it into stars and the gas piles up.
Alan Duffy/Swinburne University
In the early Universe torrents of infalling gas outpace the ability of young galaxies to raise their demand of forming new stars to meet the supply, the result is a recession for the galactic economy.