The bar necessities: 5 ways to understand coronavirus graphs

Wrapping your head around the scale of a global pandemic is not easy, and the volume of stats and data can be bewildering.What, for instance, are we to make of the fact Australia recorded just 109 new...

Mark Sanderson, Professor of Information Retrieval, RMIT University - avatar Mark Sanderson, Professor of Information Retrieval, RMIT University

Open letter to the prime minister: extend coronavirus support to temporary workers

ShutterstockMany temporary Australian residents will be excluded from the JobSeeker Payment and Coronavirus Supplement to be provided to permanent residents. In this open letter to the prime minister...

Peter Whiteford, Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University - avatar Peter Whiteford, Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

Why coronavirus impacts are devastating for international students in private rental housing

Aliko Sunawang/Unsplash, FALAbout half of international students in Australia are private renters and more than half of them rely on paid work to pay the rent, but most of the casual jobs they depend ...

Alan Morris, Professor, University of Technology Sydney - avatar Alan Morris, Professor, University of Technology Sydney

The mushroom cloud's silver lining: how the Cold War is helping the biggest fish in the sea

United States Department of Defense/WikimediaIt might surprise you to learn that nuclear bomb tests during the Cold War are now helping conserve whale sharks, the largest living fish. Growing up to 18...

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We just spent two weeks surveying the Great Barrier Reef. What we saw was an utter tragedy

Author supplied The Australian summer just gone will be remembered as the moment when human-caused climate change struck hard. First came drought, then deadly bushfires, and now a bout of coral bleach...

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Head lice drug Ivermectin is being tested as a possible coronavirus treatment, but that's no reason to buy it

ShutterstockResearchers testing the head lice drug Ivermectin as a possible treatment for COVID-19 have seen promising results in lab studies. But the research is in its early stages and the drug is y...

Andrew McLachlan, Head of School and Dean of Pharmacy, University of Sydney - avatar Andrew McLachlan, Head of School and Dean of Pharmacy, University of Sydney

Morrison sees massive ratings surge in Newspoll over coronavirus crisis; Trump also improves

Lukas Coch/AAPThis week’s Newspoll, conducted April 1-3 from a sample of 1,508 people, showed a huge boost in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s approval rating based on his leadership thus f...

Adrian Beaumont, Honorary Associate, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Melbourne - avatar Adrian Beaumont, Honorary Associate, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Melbourne

A coronavirus spike may put ICU beds in short supply. But that doesn't mean the elderly shouldn't get them

ShutterstockAlthough recent encouraging news suggests the rate of new coronavirus cases in Australia is slowing, our medical facilities could still be overwhelmed at some point.One modelling study has...

Paul Komesaroff, Professor of Medicine, Monash University - avatar Paul Komesaroff, Professor of Medicine, Monash University

Coronavirus support packages will reshape the future economy, and that presents an opportunity

ShutterstockGovernments across the world have rolled out extensive financial packages to support individuals, businesses and large corporations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Equally, central bank...

Ilan Noy, Professor and Chair in the Economics of Disasters, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington - avatar Ilan Noy, Professor and Chair in the Economics of Disasters, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington

How do viruses mutate and jump species? And why are 'spillovers' becoming more common?

ShutterstockViruses are little more than parasitic fragments of RNA or DNA. Despite this, they are astonishingly abundant in number and genetic diversity. We don’t know how many virus species th...

Steve Wylie, Adjunct Associate Professor, Murdoch University - avatar Steve Wylie, Adjunct Associate Professor, Murdoch University

Guide to the Classics: Albert Camus' The Plague

Some weeks ago, I got an email from a student who had returned to Northern Italy over Christmas to see family. Unable to return to Australia, they were in lockdown. The hospitals were filling up fas...

Matthew Sharpe, Associate Professor in Philosophy, Deakin University - avatar Matthew Sharpe, Associate Professor in Philosophy, Deakin University

It is necessary to worry about health, but pessimism about the economy will hurt us

ShutterstockDuring this pandemic, our twin health and economic crises require two different types of concern, and they operate differently.For the health crisis, a high level of concern is necessary. ...

Gordon Menzies, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Technology Sydney - avatar Gordon Menzies, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Technology Sydney

Open letter to the prime minister: extend coronavirus support to temporary workers

ShutterstockMany temporary Australian residents will be excluded from the JobSeeker Payment and Coronavirus Supplement to be provided to permanent residents. In this open letter to the prime minister...

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Democratic governors are quicker in responding to the coronavirus than Republicans

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who did not issue a stay-at-home order for his state until April 1, 2020.Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesWhile the coronavirus pandemic is a national and international con...

Luke Fowler, Associate Professor and MPA Director, Boise State University - avatar Luke Fowler, Associate Professor and MPA Director, Boise State University