The numbers used to measure performance in educational institutions create a lot of discussion - and angst - because of their obvious imperfections, writes Merlin Crossley.
Are opioids really the lifetime treatment of choice for someone who may live the rest of their lives experiencing chronic pain, sometimes worsening as they age, asks Louisa Degenhardt.
Consumers must acknowledge that a constant supply of wild-caught fish is not sustainable and curb demand, writes Dr James Smith.
Up to 90 per cent of the human genome really is junk DNA, contrary to recent headlines, writes Dean of Science, Professor Merlin Crossley
The United States is laying the foundation for an Asia-Pacific century that looks quite different from what most Australians imagined in the carnage of the GFC, writes Geoffrey Garrett.
For opera to flourish in this country, both the Sydney Opera House and Opera Australia need to commit to the ongoing revitalisation of opera itself, writes Michael Hooper.
With Australia lagging behind Europe and the US in research output, and with Asia catching up, urgent policy action is needed, writes Professor Merlin Crossley.
Addictions can be difficult to kick, especially when we are surrounded by people and situations that trigger the habit. But psychological conditioning can break the cycle, explains Amy Reichelt.
Unless we can fill the void created by the loss of the Future Fellowships and other schemes, Australia's research horsepower will wind back significantly over the next few years, writes Professor Les Field.
Tourist "astronaut" millionaire Dennis Tito's quest to send an older couple to Mars could be a catalyst for further human exploration in space, writes Malcolm Walter.