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October 16, 2017

Translation technology is useful, but should not replace learning languages

Michael Haugh, School of Languages and Cultures


October 16, 2017

Good data/bad data: ethically designed databases can help police without reducing privacy

Paul Henman, School of Social Science


October 6, 2017

Sleep and the restless preschooler: why policies need to change

Karen Thorpe and colleagues, Institute for Social Science Research


September 27, 2017

Riverfire, sonic awe and the pornography of war

, School of Communication and Arts


September 26, 2017

Cognitive ability plays a role in attitudes to equal rights for same-sex couples

Francisco Perales, Institute for Social Science Research


September 22, 2017

Whose interests? Why defining the ‘public interest’ is such a challenge

Jane Johnston, School of Communication and Arts


September 11, 2017

Giving voice to the young: survey shows people want under-18s involved in politics

Louise Phillips, School of Education


September 11, 2017

Per Te: a garden of earthly delights

Alastair BlanshardSchool of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


September 6, 2017

In spite of their differences, Jews, Christians and Muslims worship the same God

Philip Almond, School of Social Science


September 5, 2017

How can Indonesia win against plastic pollution?

Thomas Wright, PhD Candidate in Athropology


August 31, 2017

Revealed: who supports marriage equality in Australia – and who doesn’t

Francisco Perales and , ISSR


August 17, 2017

When it comes to same sex marriage not all views deserve respect

Peter Ellerton, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


August 17, 2017

Mythbusting Ancient Rome: did all raods actually lead to Rome

Shushma Malik, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry and Caillan Davenport (Macquarie)


August 15, 2017

The inequality you can’t change that lasts a lifetimeThe inequality you can’t change that lasts a lifetime

Mark Western, Tina Rampino and Wojtek Tomaszewski, ISSR


August 4, 2017

How do you know that what you know is true? That’s epistemology

Peter Ellerton, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


July 20, 2017

Buried tools and pigments tell a new history of humans in Australia for 65,000 years

Chris Clarkson, School of Social Science with research colleagues


July 17, 2017

We need more than just laws to ensure responsible alcohol service

Jason Ferris, ISSR, Renee Zahnow, ISSR with research colleagues


July 11, 2017

How to encourage literacy in young children (and beyond)

Louise Phillips, School of Education with research colleague


July 5, 2017

Jukurrpa-kurlu Yapa-kurlangu-kurlu

Mary Laughren, School of Languages and Cultures with research colleague


June 27, 2017



June 13, 2017

Film festival reveals the passion, emotion and disappointment that can come with science

Peter EllertonSchool of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


June 9 2017

Australian authorities are doing all they can to combat terrorism

Adrian Cherney, School of Social Science


June 1, 2017

In defence of grammar pedantry

Roslyn Petelin, School of Communication and Arts


May 24, 2017

Sgt Pepper's at 50 - the greatest thing you ever heard or just another album

Liam Viney, School of Music with colleagues from other institutions


May 19, 2017

Cave dig shows the earliest Australians enjoyed a coastal lifestyle

Tiina Manne, School of Social Science with research colleagues from other institutions


April 29, 2017

70 years on, Primo Levi’s If This is A Man is still a powerful reminder of what it means to be human

Nicholas HeronInstitute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities​


April 18, 2017

Facts are not always more important than opinions: here’s why

Peter Ellerton, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


April 10, 2017

Australian gas: between a fracked rock and a socially hard place

Kim de RijkeSchool of Political Science and International Studies


April 5, 2017

Print your own masterpieces and digital pens – the brave new world of the museum

Caroline Wilson-BarnaoSchool of Communication and Arts


April 5, 2017

Gogglebox and what it tells us about English in Australia

Greg Dickson, School of Languages and Cultures


April 3, 2017

The tragedy of Mosul: battle against Islamic State is leading to all-too-familiar consequences

Tristan Dunning, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


March 26, 2017

Grammarians rejoice in the $10 million comma

Roslyn Petelin, School of Communication and Arts


March 23, 2017

Let me entertain you – that’s how to get a science message across

Jamie Freestone, School of Communication and Arts


March 21, 2017

After the robo-debt debacle, here’s how Centrelink can win back Australians’ trust

Paul Henman, School of Social Science


March 21, 2017

Grammarians rejoice in the $10 million comma

Roslyn Petelin, School of Communication and Arts


March 13, 2017

Contested spaces: ‘virtuous drivers, malicious cyclists’ mindset gets us nowhere

Frank Mols, School of Political Science and International Studies


March 9, 2017

Banning orders won't solve alcohol-fuelled violence - but they can be part of the solution

Renee Zahnow and colleagues


March 9, 2017

Indonesia vows to tackle marine pollution

Thomas WrightPhD Candidate in Anthropology


March 1, 2017

Parliamentary inquiry into free speech resolves nothing, so 18c should be left alone

Katharine GelberSchool of Political Science and International Studies


February 28, 2017

South Sudan

Peter Run, School of Political Science and International Studies


January 31, 2017

Shallow impact: when crackpot conspiracy theories are touted as news, we all lose

Peter Ellerton, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


January 30, 2017

Donald Trump’s ban will have lasting and damaging impacts on the world’s refugees

Phil Orchard, School of Political Science and International Studies


January 20, 2017

Mythbusting Ancient Rome – the truth about the vomitorium

, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


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