Could a new 'basic income' protect Australia's most vulnerable?
Australia’s welfare system does a lot with a little. But the plight of growing numbers of precarious workers has led to calls for a new basic income.
It really pays for franchisees to do their due diligence – here's how
Lorelle Frazer, Griffith University and Jenny Buchan, UNSW Australia
We love the brand and we are willing to invest our life savings in it. After all, this is a well known franchise...
Australian court holds Google is responsible for linking to defamatory websites
Nicolas Suzor, Queensland University of Technology
The South Australian Supreme Court this week found that Google is legally responsible when its search results link...
Health Check: Stressed at work? How to beat common traps in the rat race
Selena Bartlett, Queensland University of Technology
Hunched over, hardly moving for hours on end, hitting the same buttons again and again in the hope of a future reward … sound...
Controversies in medicine: the rise and fall of the challenge to Tamiflu
Jodie McVernon, University of Melbourne
One of the biggest recent controversies in medicine involves the effectiveness – or otherwise – of the antiviral drug Tamiflu. Governments...
Show us your smarts: a very brief history of intelligence testing
Con Stough, Swinburne University of Technology
The scientific study of human intelligence dates back well over 100 years. In that time there have been numerous schools of thought...
Can TPP deal bypass laws of a sovereign nation? 40% of Global Economy in private deal between US and 11 other nations. Is it biased towards big multinationals?
A high oil price might be a good thing for the world – here’s why
Scott L Montgomery, University of Washington
Oil prices have fallen dramatically since August – and, rather counter-intuitively, this could be a bad thing. As of late October,...
How England's broken ceramics industry put itself back together
Phil Tomlinson, University of Bath
More than 150 years after the heyday of the British ceramics industry, things are looking more positive than for some time. Potteries capital Stoke-on-Trent,...
Don't fall for the deep-sea scaremongers – wild fishing is healthy and sustainable
Magnus Johnson, University of Hull
Fishermen can’t win. The harder they work, the more successful they are, the more they are apparently despised. Take Scotland,...