Opinion

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ocean acidification has been described as the evil twin of global warming and is becoming widely recognised as one of the top threats to coral reefs, explains Emily Shaw.

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As revenues are harder to come by, Australian financial institutions need to manage costs more carefully. However, the offshoring of call centre and IT jobs should be a more strategic decision, writes Rosemary Howard.

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Eroding the autonomy of our universities not only threatens their capacity for innovation but in the longer term could threaten the basic principle of academic freedom, writes Professor Fred Hilmer.

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While social media has yet to be fully embraced by Australian academics, its capacity for information sharing and building connections cannot be ignored, explains Ben Harris-Roxas.

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BHP Billiton’s announcement last week that Marius Kloppers will be replaced as chief executive has focused media attention again on the role boards play in pushing out leaders, writes Roger Collins.

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Australia's politicians have long had a deaf ear when it comes to community support for voluntary euthanasia. This looks set to change in Tasmania, where its leaders have begun the process of translating that support into law, writes George Williams.

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Generally speaking, if a population drinks more, there will be more harm from alcohol. But this link now appears to be unravelling, writes Michael Livingston.

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