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Culture Politics

End of Life Ethics

Should embryos be edited to create enhanced humans? Should we use genetic technology to grow organs in pigs that can be used in human transplants? And if so, at what stage does a human become a pig? Should we prolong or shorten a life of pain? And while we are at it, if administering a drug to convicted violent criminals will stop them reoffending, who would be against that?

Culture Politics Arts

History Without Heritage

Armed with power tools, hammers and pickaxes, it took just minutes for ISIS to reduce a 3,000-year-old relic to rubble. It took even less time for the video of the famous Assyrian winged bull deities at the Nergal gates of Nineveh being vandalised beyond recognition, to be uploaded onto the internet by the tech-savvy propaganda wing of ISIS.

Business Tech

Rethinking the Wheel

As the engines revved and the drivers braced expectantly at the Formula SAE starting line, the team behind the Deakin University car had its eyes on another entry. The Swedish car with a partial carbon fibre wheel.


Where is the cure for mental illness?

There are few things that irritate Associate Professor Felice Jacka more than walking into the petrol station that looks like a candy store or seeing a McDonald’s next to a primary school. Dr Jacka has reason to be irked, though. She knows something that some of us may have suspected but few have traditionally taken seriously – poor lifestyle choices are contributing to the global problem of common mental illnesses.


Intervention or Extinction?

While every credible scientific body is warning of the dramatic impacts climate change will have over the next century, Professor Graeme Hays’ doomsday scenario may be happening now - the extinction of the sea turtle.

Health Culture

Preventing the Preventable

Professor Svetha Venkatesh is helping to identify people in the Geelong area most in danger of making a suicide attempt. Yet she’s not a doctor. She’s not a psychiatrist. Professor Venkatesh is a computer scientist.