Sciences & Technology
Taking the sludge out of wastewater
Finding better ways to separate liquids from solids when treating wastewater means the costs of sanitation can be reduced, making it globally available.
The physics that stops a bullet also makes your car more fuel efficient
Knowing the physics of resistance helps engineers design faster cars and bikes, and explains why Todd Sampson survives being shot underwater in Life on the Line
Save our soils: Why dirt matters
Soil health is vital for human nutrition and the environment, but we manage it poorly; around two thirds of Australian agricultural land has unhealthy soil.
Lizards keep it local when it comes to colour change
Bearded dragons are better at adapting to colours in their local environment than unfamiliar colours, but they will still have a go at finding a new one.
Is digital connectivity threatening your privacy?
Changes to online behaviour and the law are needed to ensure we reap the benefits of technological innovation without threatening our privacy.
Genetic Snip and Snap
Molecular biologist Jacob Corn on the benefits and ethical challenges of CRISPR gene editing technology, covering human health and food security.
You snooze you lose in Victoria’s electricity market
A deregulated, competitive electricity market is great for consumers prepared to work to get the best deals, but hurts those who can least afford it
iVote West Australia: Who voted for you?
Voters casting online ballots must be able to trust the process. In a world where hackers have been accused of meddling in elections, iVote is not the answer.
Fragrances are put in all sorts of products but the chemicals that make our air smell sweet are making about a third of us feel sick, according to research
Finding quinoa’s sweet spot to feed the world
The sequencing of the quinoa genome has created an opportunity to breed a quinoa plant that isn't just a superfood, but a sustainable super crop.