Tom Chivers Jailing the scientists over the L'Aquila quake is stupid and counterproductive.
Larissa Waters Tony Burke's decision to stop the super trawler was not based on any real commitment to science-based policy.
Elizabeth Farrelly I like engineers. This surprises me slightly, since architects usually see engineers as bubble-busters. It's not their niceness I like.
In my first lecture to a class of third-year undergraduates this semester, I mentioned that we would be examining pedagogy associated with teaching in their discipline.
Simon Smart As a creator and lover of fine food saddled with a kitchen klutz for a husband, it was almost too much for my wife when my mate started regaling her with descriptions of the salted caramel macarons...
Stephan Lewandowsky Don't get bogged down by deniers. Focus instead on the integrity of the science.
Geoff Strong Trot out the bogey word ''chemical'' and play on the punters' ignorance.
Richard Ackland The genetic disposition of human beings is today's frontier of science, money and disease control.
Anson Cameron For a fully fledged country to launch an ape and regard it as cool, well, they're late to the game.
Martin Flanagan Sport is in a mess of historic proportions. Soccer has a match-fixing scandal stretching across several continents.
Mark Joseph Stern An Australian creationist believes Charles Darwin is to blame for drug abuse and pornography, and that people rode dinosaurs.
Peter Martin Have you heard about the trick they use in fruit shops? If they want to make money from a large load of lettuce they divide it into two.
Julia Baird We've always been a lazy lot. Our desire to outsource the more difficult parts of life - such as housework, study and tax - is not new.
Clementine Ford I'm largely uninterested in what anyone thinks about breastfeeding in public, particularly those members of the population who don't have breasts.
Laura Helmuth A New Zealand economist is causing a stir with his campaign to eliminate pet cats.
Chris Berg Apocalyptic preachers feed your anxieties. Just turn the sound off.
Gary Younge From Beyonce to Lance Armstrong, deception abounds. The danger is that we'll soon stop feeling outraged.
John Spooner Well, so much for the 2012 apocalypse. If the ancient Mayans ever knew anything about the future, they made a serious miscalculation.
David Campbell Despair haunts our troubled times, a cynicism born of the suffering of others.
Merlin Crossley Jack's mother was horrified when she discovered that he had sold their only cow for a handful of magic beans.