A year on from Japan's devastating earthquake, attention is on the recovery effort. But many scientists, and the Japanese themselves, are more concerned about when the next tsunami will happen and how big it will be, writes Professor James Goff.
A recent US Supreme Court ruling has allowed corporate entities to circumvent already flimsy campaign finance restrictions. In doing so, transparency and accountability have been reduced, argues Professor Justin O'Brien.
Over the next three years, a majority of the High Court's judges must retire, but predicting the next appointment is like trying to pick the Melbourne Cup winner without knowing who's in the field, writes Professor George Williams.