Imagine a world in which your home appliances are orchestrated by a computer that also controls your heater and air conditioner, as well as the generation and storage of electricity produced by your rooftop solar and battery storage systems (including your electric vehicle).
Bilateral relations between Russia and China are on a high. Chinese President Xi Jinping has had more meetings with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin than with any other world leader, and the press in each country is unerringly enthusiastic about the other.
A one-day shutdown led to hundreds of millions of dollars in losses to the economy, disruptions to citizens’ lives and an unravelling of political, social and economic certainties.
Our climate is warming. Evidence for this is unequivocal and is portrayed in countless scientific graphs produced by organisations across the world.
That’s Jeff Yard sitting in his workshop. He’s 92 years old and a resident of Murrayville, Victoria, population approximately 350.
For a long time, we have thought of Antarctica as isolated from the rest of the world. The continent is entirely surrounded by the Southern Ocean, which heaves with giant waves whipped up by intense winds and is home to the world’s strongest ocean current, the eastward-flowing Antarctic circumpolar current (ACC).
In 1946, the year ANU was founded, the world’s first electronic general purpose computer was unveiled to the public in Philadelphia, US. And there was plenty of it to see.
An infrastructure crisis is affecting Australia’s largest capital cities. The sobering everyday reality of bumper-to-bumper jams has taken the shine off cities like Sydney that are creaking under the strain of inadequate transport infrastructures that cannot cope with the volume of people moving today.
In March 2014, an unknown outbreak began killing people in remote villages in Guinea. It was similar to past Ebola outbreaks I’d been involved in, so I was unsurprised when Médecins Sans Frontièrs (MSF) asked if I could come to Guinea.
It started with a New Year’s resolution but for Dr Waratah Lahy, BA (Visual) (Hons) ’99, PhD ’07, sketching some of the most high profile speakers at ANU has earned her a healthy social media following.
It could be a scene straight from ancient Egypt, where the heads of pharaohs were adorned with snake crowns.
One third of all Australian members of ‘Generation Y’ – those aged between 18 and 34 – believe “older Australians should be careful with their money so they can leave an inheritance”.
The rise in prevalence of Zika virus in South America during the past 12 months has caught authorities on the hop.
For university students, textbooks have been both a saviour and a bane. Having most of the essential readings in a single volume enables students to access resources easily.
Western societies seem to have discovered with a revulsion mixed with surprise that some of its Muslim youth are not only attracted to, but are participating in, Daesh’s terrorism.
Higher education is front and centre in the debate over the Federal Government’s budget. The Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne, has outlined a reform agenda which is probably the most significant in the history of higher education in Australia.
The oil-rich Gulf region is in the throes of some major geostrategic power shifts, unseen since the Iranian revolution of 1978/79 that resulted in the transformation of Iran from a pro-Western monarchy to an Islamic republic, with an anti-American posture.
When I tell people that I am an historian and that my speciality is the Gallipoli campaign, I am often asked: “How can you possibly write something new about something that is already the subject of hundreds of books?”
On the first day of the new Parliament in 1993, Paul Keating took me aside, ostensibly to “apologise” for all the “nasty names” he had called me over the years, and to record that he actually “quite respected” me, and that he could have accepted “losing to me”.
At the beginning of the twenty-first century, it looked as though the sun was setting on the institution of knighthood and its comparatively young female counterpart, damehood.
I am glad that ATAR bashing season is over for another year. Glad because, for all the huffing and puffing about admission standards and retention, we seem to have missed an important point.
Women make a much greater contribution to the economy than many think. As mammals, they make milk.