Six images reveal how we ‘see’ data and capture invisible science

Light bounces from an image to your eye, and is interpreted by your brain. oldskool photography / Unsplash As an experimental video-maker working at scales smaller than molecules, I surround myself in a variety of scientific visualisations. In reading popular media on scientific discoveries, I...

Grattan on Friday: Shorten’s not getting ahead of himself, but the tape measure is out

Shorten is several lengths in front in the polls. Rebecca Le May/AAP With the election likely to be called in about a fortnight – the weekend after the April 2 budget - behind the scenes Labor is “measuring the curtains” of government. Any sign of...

Don’t wait for a crisis – start planning your aged care now

The earlier you start planning, the better.Shutterstock Most Australians prefer to die at home but few adequately plan for it. Consequently, just one in seven dies at home. Some say they will make plans “when the need arises”. But what if you have a heart attack, go into a coma,...

Want a safer world for your children? Teach them about diverse religions and worldviews

Students are far more understanding of their religious peers if they attend classes about religious diversity. from shutterstock.com Around 80% of secondary school students who had classes about diverse religions claim to have positive views of Muslims. This compares to around 70% who had...

Autonomous transport will shape our cities’ future – best get on the right path early

Cities have a choice of autonomous vehicle futures: cars or mass transit vehicles. Which one we adopt is likely to determine how people-friendly our cities are.SueBeDoo888/Shutterstock A unique opportunity exists for infrastructure investment in Australia as transport as we know it faces disruption from...

Anxieties over livestreams can help us design better Facebook and YouTube content moderation

Livestream on Facebook isn’t just a tool for sharing violence – it has many popular social and political uses. glen carrie/unsplash,  As families in Christchurch bury their loved ones following Friday’s terrorist attack, global attention now turns to preventing such a thing ever happening again. In particular,...

Why you shouldn’t bury your pet in the backyard

What’s the best way to remember a beloved pet? Shutterstock Companion animals are part of our families, but inevitably the time comes for us to say goodbye to them due to old age or disease. Many pet lovers opt to bury their pets in the...

Would you like to grow old at home? Why we’re struggling to meet demand for subsidised home care

In December, more than 127,000 Australians were waiting for a home care package. From shutterstock.com The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is this week turning its focus to aged care in the home. So far it has heard evidence of long waiting times to access home care...

Ultra low wage growth isn’t accidental. It is the intended outcome of government policies

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and Employment Michaelia Cash during debate over the 2017 Australian Building and Construction Commission Bill. Mick Tsikas/AAP The long debate over the causes of wage stagnation took an unexpected turn last week, when Finance Minister Matthias Cormann described (downward)...

We need a new definition of pornography – with consent at the centre

In a search of social science literature on pornography, none of the definitions reviewed mentioned consent. Shutterstock We all think we know what pornography is, whether we oppose it, use it, or tolerate it. But are we all conjuring up the same images? The term...