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Read the latest opinion articles inspired by science, health and medicine research at ANU.

Timely intervention: how Doctor Who shapes public attitudes to science

Scientists and science fans love to discuss the science in Doctor Who.

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1 Jul 2019

Academia can help humans and large carnivores coexist

Conventional conservation approaches are unlikely to lead to effective coexistence between humans and large carnivores in human-dominated landscapes.

19 Jun 2019

We asked people to do climate change maths. Their answers depended on their politics

In an ideal world, people would look at issues with a clear focus only on the facts. But in the real world, we know that doesn’t happen often.

14 May 2019

How do we go on?

Scientists can teach us how to exist in the face of existential dread.

23 Apr 2019

Logged native forests mostly end up in landfill, not in buildings and furniture

It’s time to recognise logging for short-lived wood products is a poor use of native forests.

18 Apr 2019

Why climate change will dull autumn leaf displays

Recent temperature trends and extremes have changed the growing conditions experienced by trees and are placing autumn displays at risk.

15 Apr 2019

STEM is worth investing in, but Australia's major parties offer scant details on policy and funding

Evidence from around the world shows that public investment in STEM can advance a strong economy, a healthy population and a sustainable environment.

9 Apr 2019

Cutting cancer costs is a worthy policy, but we need to try to prevent it too

Maybe even better than avoiding the out-of-pocket costs of treatment is preventing future cases of cancer.

8 Apr 2019

Australia’s 2018 environmental scorecard: a dreadful year that demands action

Environmental news is rarely good. But even by those low standards, 2018 was especially bad.

8 Apr 2019

Gender imbalance in surgery: we must focus on the future

Why has gender discrimination proved difficult to overcome in surgery?

2 Apr 2019

If we want students to feel safe at school, we can't encourage teachers to spot potential extremists

We must be cautious when promoting kneejerk responses to complex issues, particularly when it involves the welfare and future of children.

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