Opinion

Murray-Darling basin during drought

To fully understand droughts, we need to answer the question: where does Australia’s rainfall come from? The answer isn't simple.

Google News web page

Making Google and Facebook pay Australian news publishers might be good politics, but it is odd economics.

Melbourne sign during lockdown

The Premier said Melbourne's restrictions could be eased more than expected on Monday. But from an outbreak-management perspective, we should be careful of easing too soon.

Man picking blueberries

Exploitation and underpayment is rife in fruit picking. The Coronavirus Supplement appears not to have dented the will to work.

Wind and solar energy farm

The government's latest energy plans are a failure of logic, and will lock in fossil fuel use for decades.

Surfer wearing a mask

A preliminary study published online this week estimates Australia had 60,000 undiagnosed COVID-19 infections by July. But there are a range of limitations to the study.

Phosphene molecules and Venus

Considering what we know about the key ingredients for life's formation on Earth, here are three explanations for how this process may have occurred on our sister planet.

Shadows of people in line

New analysis shows there is considerable scope to increase JobSeeker payments before they might hinder people's motivation to find paid work.

Man with red dollar signs in his eyes

Firms should attempt to maximise profits, but if shareholders want it, there's no reason why they can't have other goals.

A video still of someone singing showing the droplets expelled into the air

A new study raises questions about the risks of infection for people singing in groups, especially in poorly ventilated rooms.

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