Opinion

Aluminium being smelted

Aluminium is hugely useful, but energy-intensive to produce. What if we didn’t have to smelt any more?

Group of women at an anti-vaccination protest, one holding a sign that says "No matter what the situation, remind yourself 'I have a choice'."

Emotive claims, like COVID vaccination being unethical or coercive, are more likely to be shared on social media. But we can fight back.

A sign that says "open"

The idea is publicly funded Australian research should be free for the public to read when published. But if it means taking money from universities struggling for research funding, that poses risks.

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews

With Victoria’s parliament expected to vote on the bill this week, four legal experts recommend ways to make it better.

Scott Morrison speaks at a function

The prime minister road-tested an avalanche of slogans on Wednesday, some of them clearly false.

A sepia image of lush rainforest ferns

A study of more than 2000 early landscape photographs shows how nature was framed as a wilderness, empty of First Nations peoples.

Power station stacks shown emitting smoke under a cloudy sky

The COP26 summit has not lived up to the goal of reducing temperature rises because there are too many loopholes for the fossil fuel industry to exploit.

Six timber samples on a museum shelf, each with their common and scientific name written at the top.

Eucalyptusdom is a testament to the utilitarian and cultural life of a remarkable tree.

painting of small houses on a hill in parramatta around 1800

A review of studies of Parramatta demonstrates an extensive deep-time archive of Indigenous activity extending over 14,000 years.

pink underpants decorated with flowers hanging on a clothes line.

The complex and fascinating community of ‘bugs’ that live in the vagina have just been linked to a groundbreaking new test to identify the risk of preterm birth.

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