Opinion

a woman looks fearful while sitting inside a large cardboard box

Phobias are when fears become excessive and interrupt daily life. A new review shows one longer session of exposure is as effective and more time-efficient than shorter sessions.

The Coral Princess cruise ship docked in a harbour

We’ve learned much from large COVID outbreaks linked to the Ruby Princess and Diamond Princess cruise ships early in the pandemic. But there’s still some way to go

An elderly person walking up a flight of stairs

A study of 85 policies at all levels of government shows the focus in Australia is on residential care homes. Most older people are not in care, but their need for age-friendly cities is overlooked

The NDIS logo in front of a building

The budget forecast steep NDIS costs, but also allocated funds to review and support the scheme in sustainable ways that could contribute positively to the economy

Nuclear blockchain

UNSW experts will present a new shared ledger system to delegates at the IAEA Symposium on International Safeguards in Austria.

A view of a street with a row of new houses being built

The recent federal budget neglects the need to reform an ailing system.

An aerial drone view of a surfer and a dark shape of a shark nearby, both identified by AI

Discerning whether that dark splodge in the water is a shark or just, say, seaweed isn’t always straightforward.

A closeup of a cassowary bird

The nature repair market is sold as a good news story: willing land managers benefiting nature with support from the private sector. But if offsets are part of it, the reality could be very different.

sliding doors to an ndis office

Behind the planning process sits an opaque system of automated decision-making. It rests on a generated plan, called a ‘typical support package’.

people sandbagging a shop in a regional town in australia

The budget earmarked worthwhile climate measures, but many are piecemeal. Amid record-breaking extreme weather in Australia, federal spending on climate action still falls well short.

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