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26 Sep 2023What previous energy transitions can tell us

Dr Liz Conor, ARC Future Fellow, La Trobe University

12 Sep 2023‘No’ campaign is dominating TikTok - here's why

Professor Andrea Carson, Political Communication, Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy, La Trobe University, Director, La Trobe Asia and Associate Professor, La Trobe University and Professor Simon Jackman, University of Sydney

05 Sep 2023The true damage of invasive alien species

Dr Andy Sheppard Chief Research Scientist CSIRO, Professor Melodie McGeoch, La Trobe University, Distinguished Professor Philip Hulme, Lincoln University, Associate Professor Phill Cassey Australian Research Council Industry Laureate Fellow, University of Adelaide

31 Aug 2023The best of streaming this September

Professor Dennis Altman, Ari Mattes, Erin Harrington, Jessica Ford, Jodi McAlister, Professor Michelle Arrow and Stuart Richards

30 Aug 2023Voice referendum: is ‘yes’ or ‘no’ winining?

Professor Andrea Carson, Political Communication, Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy, La Trobe University, Dr Max Grömping Senior Lecturer, Griffith University and Professor Simon Jackman, University of Sydney

30 Aug 2023Study: brain trauma risks for young athlete

Alan Pearce Professor, College of Science, Health, Engineering, La Trobe University, Stephen Townsend Lecturer, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland and Kathleen Bachynski Assistant Professor, Public Health, Muhlenberg College

28 Aug 2023Re-imagining the Care Economy will improve lives

Professor Irene Blackberry, director of the Care Economy Research Institute

23 Aug 2023Marriage equality lessons for the Voice referendum

Dennis Altman, Emeritus Professor Vice Chancellors Office

23 Aug 2023Sports infrastructure funding won’t change issues

Dr Alana Thomson Senior Lecturer in Sport Management, La Trobe University and Dr Meghan Casey Senior Lecturer, Exercise Sport Sciences, Federation University Australia

22 Aug 2023Why do we make violent art?

Professor Jacqueline Millner, Visual Arts, La Trobe University

21 Aug 2023Commonwealth Games sporting legacies for Bendigo

Dr Alana Thomson, La Trobe University, Dr Millicent Kennelly, Griffith University, and Dr Ashleigh-Jane Thompson, La Trobe University

18 Aug 2023Snapchat’s ‘creepy’ AI - chatbots aren’t people

Associate Professor Daswin De Silva, Deputy Director of the Centre for Data Analytics and Cognition

17 Aug 2023Victorian government’s bail reforms fall short

Dr Emma Russell , Justice & Legal Studies, La Trobe University, Andreea Lachsz PhD Candidate, University of Technology Sydney and Sarah Schwartz, The University of Melbourne

15 Aug 2023Urban sprawl is ‘not a dirty word’?

Dr Hulya Gilbert Lecturer in Planning and Human Geography, La Trobe University, and Dr Ian Woodcock Senior Lecturer in Urbanism, University of Sydney

11 Aug 2023The Yirrkala Bark Petitions

Professor Clare Wright OAM

09 Aug 2023Tracing the fall from grace of Ben Roberts-Smith

Professor Andrea Carson

18 Jul 2023Women soccer players more likely to tear their ACL

Dr Brooke Patterson, Dr Andrea Bruder and Dr Sallie Cowan, La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre

14 Jul 2023Australia’s new approach to tackling fake news

Professor Andrea Carson, Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy

13 Jul 2023Making banks pay for scam losses

Dr Muhammad Al Mamun, Senior Lecturer Finance

12 Jul 2023Gold Diggers on ABC TV

Dr Katrina Dernelley, Adjunct Research Fellow Deputy Vice-Chancellor

11 Jul 2023Sports organisations failure to protect women

Professor Holly Thorpe and Dr Kirsty Forsdike

07 Jul 2023Victims were right about robodebt all along

Dr Darren O'Donovan, Senior Lecturer in Administrative Law

06 Jul 2023‘Clean girl’ and ‘old money’ aesthetics on TikTok

Averyl Gaylor, PhD Candidate in History

05 Jul 2023Expectations: Robodebt Royal Commission report

Dr Darren O'Donovan, Senior Lecturer in Administrative Law

04 Jul 2023Turtles could delay Western Sydney Airport flights

Ricky Spencer, Western Sydney University, Deborah Bower, University of New England, Michael B. Thompson, University of Sydney, James Van Dyke, La Trobe University, Richard Thomas, Western Sydney University

04 Jul 2023World's first CTE diagnosis in a female athlete

Professor Alan Pearce - College of Science, Health, Engineering, La Trobe University, Dr Stephen Townsend - Lecturer, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland, Dr Rebecca Olive - Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow, RMIT University

01 Jul 2023Is ‘goggle time’ the new ‘screen time’?

Professor Therese Keane, STEM education and associate dean of research and industry engagement in the School of Education

26 Jun 2023Scientist set out to sing the story of our origins

Jenny Graves, Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Vice Chancellor's Fellow

26 Jun 2023The rise of Yevgeny Prigozhin

Dr Robert Horvath and PhD candidate Isabella Currie, La Trobe University

21 Jun 2023New institute a model for avoiding dystopia

Vice Chancellor John Dewar AO, La Trobe University, and Vice Chancellor Sir Chris Husbands, Sheffield Hallam University

14 Jun 2023Sore joints in winter? Staying active can help

Dr Matthew King, Lecturer, Research Fellow, and Physiotherapist, La Trobe University, Charlotte Ganderton, Senior Lecturer (Physiotherapy), RMIT University, and Inge Gnatt, Lecturer (Psychology), Provisional Psychologist, Swinburne University of Technology,

08 Jun 2023Add stronger health warning labels to alcohol

Professor Emmanuel Kuntsche, Director of the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University, Associate Professor Paula O'Brien, Faculty of Law, The University of Melbourne, Professor Robin Room, Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University

23 May 2023Sumner Redstone: the other media baron

Dr Nick Richardson, Adjunct Professor of Journalism

22 May 2023Early intervention value for infant autism signs

Dr Cathy Bent, Alexandra Aulich, Christos Constantine, Dr Kristelle Hudry, La Trobe University

18 May 2023$7.3 million to get young people out of aged-care

Adjunct Associate Professor Di Winkler

03 May 2023History and future of Australia's botanic gardens

Emeritus Professor Susan K Martin

21 Apr 2023What are dead hangs? and how do I do them safely?

Sarah Warby and Charlotte Ganderton

20 Apr 2023The ‘disastrous’ Morrison government dissected

Professor Dennis Altman

20 Apr 2023Genetic 'master switch' determines animals sex

Professor Jenny Graves

19 Apr 2023Electric vehicle revolution revives an industry

Professor Timothy Minchin

13 Apr 2023Growing gap of LGBTQ+ rights between countries

Emeritus Professor Dennis Altman, Vice Chancellors Office

12 Apr 2023Relying on predictions to guide conservation

Andrew Bennett, Adjunct Professor in Ecology and Angie Haslem, Research Fellow at La Trobe University, co-written with Jim Thomson, Senior Scientist and Tracey Hollings, Associate Research Scientist, Ecological Modelling at Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research.

27 Mar 2023How species become officially vulnerable

Emily Scicluna, PhD candidate & Dr Jim Radford, Research Centre for Future Landscapes

24 Mar 2023Easy $400? Ditch your gas heater for electric

Rachel Goldlust, Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Archaeology and History