Ideas for a brighter future for all

Gorgonian Sea Fan

Coal versus coral

In Gladstone, amid shipping traffic and industrial landscapes, the Australian cultural cringe is palpable, torn between pride in resources and prospect of environmental devastation as observed by Dr Kerrie Foxwell-Norton.

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Family Law Act overhauled

In October 2023, federal parliament passed changes to Family Law Act affecting children’s cases. Repealing a presumption of equal shared parental responsibility, new factors prioritise safety and child’s needs. Challenges lie in implementation and potential judicial discretion says Griffith Law School’s Zoe Rathus.

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No magic wand

The goal of the Queensland government’s new Community Safety Plan is to make Queensland a safer place by reducing crime, particularly violent crime. A key plank of the plan is to expand police use of metal detector wands, even though there is no evidence that wands help reduce violent crime say Griffith Criminology Institute researchers.

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Taylor Swift Mathematics

A mathematical exploration of Taylor Swift’s music

A mathematical analysis of Taylor Swift’s music over time reveals an evolving lyrical diversity that reflects shifts in songwriting collaborations and highlights the intriguing intersections between mathematics and pop culture says mathematician Dr Nathan Garland.

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AI fruit

AI and the future of farming

AI farming is revolutionising agriculture in Australia, akin to Tesla’s impact on manufacturing. The ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub at Griffith University employs AI and machine learning to enhance agricultural productivity and reduce labor shortages. From monitoring strawberries, improving sugarcane planting and precision lobster farming, this innovative approach promises higher quality, consistency, and cost-efficiency, making AI farming the future of food production.

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Stadium

After Vegas

The National Rugby League’s inaugural Las Vegas Round attracted over 40,000 fans and showcased rugby league to Americans. To capitalise, the NRL should focus on awareness, celebrity involvement, American ownership, and expanding the women’s game says Griffith University’s Dr Jason Doyle.

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Taylor Swift Mathematics

A mathematical exploration of Taylor Swift’s music

A mathematical analysis of Taylor Swift’s music over time reveals an evolving lyrical diversity that reflects shifts in songwriting collaborations and highlights the intriguing intersections between mathematics and pop culture says mathematician Dr Nathan Garland.

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What’s the difference between ADD and ADHD?

ADHD, one of the most prevalent neurodevelopmental disorders, affecting 1 in 20 people. Originally termed ADD, it evolved into ADHD due to research and diagnostic controversies. The condition manifests in various subtypes, impacting individuals across age groups and genders says Dr Kathy Gibbs.

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Portrait of a Man Vaping

Combatting the vaping epidemic

Vaping has become synonymous with chic designs and diverse flavours conceals a hazardous reality. That it contains 200 chemicals, including arsenic and acrolein. Young adults, enticed by vaping, face a public health crisis with nicotine dependency. Vaping-specific cessation programs fall short, prompting Griffith University researchers to co-design a tailored program.

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