Free speech or troll-bait? Why university campus provocateurs lean to the right

There's no doubt the question of exactly who gets to say what on campus is a live issue. But is freedom of expression really being muzzled? It's a question not just for the activists picketing campus venues — but also for philosophers.

How cracking sugar’s DNA could help save the planet

Sugar has long been a source of energy for people, but now scientists believe they are close to unlocking its DNA secrets and harnessing its potential as a green fuel.

Universities question the wisdom of Confucius as concerns over China’s influence grow

Mandarin and calligraphy lessons, or agents of foreign influence and attacks on academic freedom — increasing concern puts a spotlight on China's Confucius Institutes in Australia.

How this country kid topped city students in school results

Queensland's top country high school student says success is not all about study, but more about being organised and taking time to de-stress.