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Chemistry: 21st Century Science for the Global Economy

By Paul Mulvaney

It’s time for public recognition of the fact that, in a country where almost all of the 92 natural elements can be found, chemistry offers Australia sustainable economic prosperity.

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Stem Cell Industry Must Tread a Fine Line

By Richard Harvey, Martin Pera and Megan Munsie

The emerging stem cell industry needs to be able to fast-track therapies into clinical trials without clearing the way for clinics to offer unproven therapies to vulnerable patients.

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Mega-Banks Unleash an Infrastructure Tsunami

By William Laurance

The rise of investment bank lending for infrastructure projects in developing countries is driving a “feeding frenzy” of developments with lower environmental controls.

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Defence Takes Control over Australian Research

By Brendan Jones

A new law comes into force this month that puts scientists at risk of imprisonment and businesses at risk of losing their intellectual property.

On 2 April the Defence Trade Controls Act (DTCA) comes into force. This new law controls research into technologies that, in theory at least, could have military applications.

The Department of Defence’s 353-page list of such “dual-use” technologies (www.tinyurl.com/jcsm9ro) lays claim to just about every field of research, including infectious diseases, biotechnology, high-performance computers, robotics and artificial intelligence, encryption, electronics, manufacturing, and software for these applications.

Confucius Was Not a Qualified Career Adviser

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Credit: Sunny studio

By Kieran Carmichael

Turning your hobby into your job may not necessarily lead to happiness.

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Bridging the Divide between Academia and Industry

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Credit: okalinichenko/Adobe

By Derek Richard

The Science Next Collaborative is helping early- and mid-career researchers to make the leap from research to commercialisation.

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A Game-Changer for Nuclear Safety

By Tony Irwin

Nuclear energy modules are getting smaller and safer, making them viable options for remote communities.

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Medical Research Must Come Clean

By Mark Shannon

Up to one-third of cell lines may be contaminated, threatening the reliability of research.

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Economics on an Even Keel

By David Tranter

Can economics balance its books with the limits of ecology?

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Jobs of the Future: The Known Unknown

By Karen Andrews

The digital revolution is having a profound impact on the workforce. Increasing skills in science, technology, engineering and maths is not optional.

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