Society

  • Cosmos: solving science stumpers for summer

    The summer of science to answer life’s most curious questions.

    Why is the sky blue? What actually is carbon capture and storage? Why does my vacuum cleaner make that noise? What’s ...

    Society November 25, 2021
  • The perils and prevention of invasive species

    Invasive plants and animals cost Australia’s economy about $25 billion a year – which makes payin...

    Australia is facing a “sliding doors” moment when it comes to invasive species, according to a new report by the CSIR...

    Animals November 22, 2021
  • COVID Booster: Vaccine tax, sense of smell, and masking kindy teachers

    Five things we learned about COVID-19 this week.

    Maybe young kids can still see emotions through masks One of the concerns around masking teachers is that children...

    COVID November 20, 2021
  • Redlining the robots

    Advanced robotics are more than science fiction: the world needs to create an alliance to ensure ...

    Around the same time that Isaac Asimov published his short story introducing the laws of robotics in 1942, the world’...

    AI November 19, 2021
  • New laws to prevent space wars?

    UN passes proposal to discuss new space laws as countries flex their cosmic muscles.

    The week before last, a UN panel approved the creation of a working group to discuss next-generation laws to prevent ...

    Society November 19, 2021
  • COVID Frontline: Letter from Auckland

    The response to COVID in Australia and New Zealand has largely been informed by science, but the ...

    I own a busy main street café in an affluent suburb of Auckland with my husband, his sister, and her husband. On 2...

    COVID November 19, 2021
  • What poets and scientists have in common

    Is the gap between poetry and science more myth than reality? Sam Illingworth from the UK’s Manch...

    Poetry and science They haven’t always got along. The English poet John Keats (who also trained as a medical doctor)...

    Features November 18, 2021
  • Finding climate misinformation

    New AI tool helps reveal two-decade history of misinformation distributed by climate-science deni...

    We learnt only last month that scientists have been abused on social media for telling the truth during the COVID pan...

    Climate November 16, 2021
  • Conversation

    ‘Try harder. Try harder’: Today, COP26 negotiators will fight to save life on Earth

    The next decade will reveal if they succeeded.

    By Tim Flannery, The University of Melbourne At COP26 in Glasgow, the announcements came so fast there was barely ...

    Climate November 12, 2021
  • Drop the Bears: Australia’s hidden illegal bear trade

    Hundreds of bear parts and medical derivatives being seized by enforcement agencies.

    While Australia has no native bears, the sad reality is that bear parts are being illegally imported into Australia a...

    Society November 9, 2021
  • What you may have missed…

    Seal pups chattering, spicy space food, and a little friendly goes a long way – here’s what went ...

    Chatty baby seals As if they weren’t cute enough, baby seals have been found to change their voices to match their...

    Society November 8, 2021
  • Women are changing the rules of Australian agriculture

    Motivated by social and environmental justice, women are challenging traditional stereotypes and ...

    Olympia Yarger’s farming day starts at sunrise. By eight in the morning, she has already collected the eggs. Next, sh...

    Agriculture November 5, 2021
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