Vital Signs: booming jobs numbers, but dig deeper and it's not all rosy

Vital Signs is a regular economic wrap from UNSW economics professor and Harvard PhD Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims to contextualise weekly economic events and cut through the noise of...

When whistleblowers are prosecuted, it has a chilling effect on press freedom in Australia

Fear is a tricky thing. It’s often hard to distinguish between what is real and perceived danger. US President Donald Trump, being more comfortable with autocrats than democratic leaders, is arg...

Science or Snake Oil: is glucosamine good for joints?

Glucosamine for osteoarthritis is one of the most commonly used complementary medicines in the western world.from www.shutterstock.comPharmaceutical companies have been promoting glucosamine supplemen...

Technology doesn't have to be lonely: encouraging dialogue over diatribe

Almost four in 10 millennials spend more time on their smartphones than they do engaging with people in real life.Mavis Wong/The Conversation, CC BY-SADo you ever feel like when you post to Facebook, ...

Friday essay: why YA gothic fiction is booming - and girl monsters are on the rise

Zoey Deutch in the film Vampire Academy (2014).Angry Films, Kintop Pictures, Preger EntertainmentAn 18-year-old girl prepares to die to enable the birth of her half-vampire baby. Her spine is broken i...

AEMO's 'cohesive' energy plan falls short because it omits two key economic facts

Is the sun setting fast enough on coal-fired power?The Integrated System Plan, unveiled this week by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), has been billed as a cohesive energy plan for Austral...

Empty car parks everywhere, but nowhere to park. How cities can do better

A parking attendant strolls through a rooftop car park in MelbourneJay Miller/flickr, CC BY-NCIt’s a familiar story in Australian cities: a new apartment building is proposed, and debate soon fo...

Universities can help recruit more science and maths teachers, but they can't do it alone

Encouraging students to study science and maths at university is only one step in a complex pipeline that turns out specialist teachers.from www.shutterstock.comCalls for universities to recruit more ...

Grattan on Friday: Disillusioned voters find it easy to embrace a crossbencher like Rebekha Sharkie

More than two decades ago Alexander Downer stood aside as opposition leader for John Howard, paving the way for the 1996 Coalition election win. This week Howard was in Mayo, his former foreign minist...

Explainer: what is parricide and how common is it in Australia?

Police at the scene in Ellenbrook, Western Australia, where the bodies of a mother and her two children were found. Her 19-year-old son has since been charged with their murder.AAP/Bohdan WarchomijThe...