Society

  • Douglas Mawson in the desert

    The famed Antarctic explorer’s journeys through Australia.

    Today, 5 May, is the birthday of Sir Douglas Mawson, the Australian geologist best known for his Antarctic exploratio...

    Society May 5, 2021
  • History

    John Wanamaker makes a sale

    Is marketing a science?

    John Wanamaker was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the US, on 11 July 1838. At the age of 22 he was already we...

    Society May 2, 2021
  • Next Big Thing: Passing the baton

    Australia has the innovators, the expertise, and the ambition. But to fulfil our potential and so...

    As a child I never imagined I would become a scientist. Nor could my school teachers! I have dyslexia, which made tho...

    Society April 30, 2021
  • The health benefits of nature in cities

    How much does an urban tree save the health system? Report outlines nature-based solutions for ci...

    As humans sprawl over the planet and create urban heat islands and habitat degradation, our need for nature – especia...

    Society April 29, 2021
  • When to talk to children about racism

    Research suggests it’s parents, not kids, who don’t want to talk about it.

    A study by Monash University suggests kids want to talk about issues of race and racism in the classroom, but parents...

    Society April 16, 2021
  • Poorer children “failed by system”

    Study reveals the extent of poverty as a barrier to education in low and middle income countries.

    Poorer children with academic promise in low- and middle-income countries are struggling to access higher education, ...

    Society April 7, 2021
  • Gender inequality and violence against women: attitudes are linked

    Australian study finds low support for gender equality is linked to high support for opinions tha...

    Violence against women (VAW) is a common problem in Australia, with serious health, social and economic consequences....

    Society March 25, 2021
  • Video

    The rise of COVID-19 in Papua New Guinea

    A new wave of COVID-19 cases in PNG requires an immediate response.

    Papua New Guinea has been somewhat sheltered from the COVID-19 pandemic, with relatively low numbers throughout 2020....

    Society March 18, 2021
  • How much do you value privacy?

    Australians, have your say about our security and surveillance regime.

    Who has access to the plethora of information collected from surveillance devices, such as CCTV cameras and facial re...

    Ethics March 12, 2021
  • Rich feelings: better or worse?

    Study suggests the wealthy have greater self-regard, but aren’t more compassionate.

    It’s the age-old question: we all want money, but does it make us happy? Invariably, the answer is nuanced but some c...

    Body and Mind March 10, 2021
  • Cosmos Briefing: Science v law

    Is scientific evidence properly considered in our courts?

    The recent pardon petition by leading Australian scientists regarding the Kathleen Folbigg case – in which new scient...

    Society March 4, 2021
  • 5G: more science, same safety

    New standards aim to shine a light on the scientific evidence.

    The Australian guidelines for radio wave safety have been updated for the first time in nearly 20 years. The Australi...

    Technology February 25, 2021
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