Read the latest opinion articles inspired by science.
29 Apr 2021
Our team of 28 scientists identified the top 26 Australian butterfly species and subspecies at greatest risk of extinction. We also estimated the probability that they will be lost within 20-years.
20 Apr 2021
It will take until at least 2080 before women make up just one-third of Australia’s professional astronomers, unless there is a significant boost to how we nurture female researchers’ careers.
26 Mar 2021
Today's risks will be tomorrow's normal. That means tough decisions have to be made about human settlements having to retreat from areas most at risk, whether from floods or bushfires.
26 Mar 2021
The NSW floods are a textbook example of the theoretical impacts we can expect on Australian rainfall as climate change continues.
5 Mar 2021
The unprecedented intensity of two summers of bushfires, first in the east and then in the west, offered harsh lessons for Australians. One is that some settlements must retreat from high-risk areas.
10 Feb 2021
Australia must control its killer cat problem. A major new report explains how, but doesn’t go far enough
Cats kill a staggering 1.7 billion native animals each year, and threaten at least 120 species with extinction. Five experts analyse a parliamentary report on the problem.
18 Jan 2021
All cultures have communicated their knowledge in diverse and marvellous ways throughout time. Failing to see the significance of this is racist and lazy.
9 Dec 2020
Scientists hope samples of asteroid Ryugu may reveal traces of the chemical ingredients that formed life on Earth.
1 Dec 2020
Unlike our hellish neighbour Venus, Earth was far enough from the Sun for liquid water to form and create a more hospitable environment for life.
24 Nov 2020
Ancient fatty molecules, once believed to be traces of some of the first animals to live on Earth, may have been produced by algae instead.