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We Will Never Cure Cancer, So Should We Even Try?

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Credit: dcleomiu/Adobe

By Nial Wheate

Billions of dollars are spent on cancer research each year for minimal gains. Would that money be better invested elsewhere?

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Our Human Right not to Be Poisoned

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By Julian Cribb

Thousands of new chemicals are released each year, and the toxic effects are mounting. What can we do about it?

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Engineering Australia’s New Wealth

By Marlene Kanga

It’s time to connect the dots between invention, innovation and the role of engineering.

The decline of traditional manufacturing and the waning resources boom require Australia to develop new sources of wealth generation. As a developed nation with high wage costs and high standards of living, Australia needs to develop new industries that use advanced technologies, require high levels of education and have high barriers to entry. There is no alternative.

Diversity Values Must Be Backed By Actions

By Catherine Lockley

A disabled student’s story reveals the huge systemic barriers faced by minority groups seeking a science education.

Research tells us that diversity fosters better science. Most Australian universities have a list of policies available to all staff and students promoting diversity, and many develop initiatives to specifically target and enrol these students.

On paper, diversity is encouraged and supported by both government and institutional policy and infrastructure, but how do these initiatives translate into experience for the students?

Your Nitrogen Footprint Has Far-Reaching Consequences

By Xia Liang

Australia’s reliance on coal and taste for beef is contributing to nitrogen pollution as far away from our population centres as the Great Barrier Reef.

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The Good News You Missed About Ocean Acidification

Sean Connell taking notes at a vent that is emitting CO2 bubbles.  Note the pres

Sean Connell taking notes at a vent that is emitting CO2 bubbles. Note the presence of weed-like plants or turfs, which occur instead of the normally extensive kelp forests or urchin barrens.

By Sean Connell

Carbon may be acidifying the oceans, but the species it’s supposed to harm are fighting back.

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The Basic Mistake Made by Critics of Electric Vehicles

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Credit: Francois Poirier/Adobe

By David Richardson

Arguments that electric vehicles are no “greener” than the electricity they use fail to acknowledge the increasing role of renewables in the energy grid.

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The Warming War

By Kirsten Davies

There is a legal basis for the United Nations Security Council to declare climate change as a threat to international peace and security.

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Seeds of Doubt Remain About Nanotechnology Use in Agriculture

By Melanie Kah

A new meta-analysis has attempted to give a scientific grounding to claims about the risks and benefits of nano-agrochemicals, but knowledge gaps remain.

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Australia’s Space Agency Must Define Our Future in Space

By Malcolm Davis

Australia’s space agency needs to embrace the small, agile and innovative path of Space 2.0.

With Australia set to establish its own space agency, the question of what that organisation will do is of key importance. The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s website suggests that “the agency will provide international representation, support to critical partnerships, coordination of a national strategy and activities, and support for industry growth”.