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Towards a Healthier PNG

By Peter Siba

Medical researchers in Papua New Guinea face unique scientific and public health challenges.

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A “Better Than Ever” R&D Tax Incentive?

By Kris Gale

Some advice for the government as it sets its sights on revamping support for innovation.

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Calculating Carbon

By Pep Canadell

Research supports a new approach to counting net CO2 emissions.

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Best Practice Science Is Open and Transparent

By Clinton Foster

Geoscience Australia’s Chief Scientist outlines the philosophy behind the organisation’s newly stated science principles.

Dr Foster is Chief Scientist of Geoscience Australia. The “Science Principles” document is available at http://www.ga.gov.au/about-us/corporate-documents/science-principles.html as a free download.

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Serendipity, Your Number Is Up

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One-third of Australian children do not meet the international minimum numeracy benchmark.

By Roslyn Prinsley

Science, technology, engineering and maths skills are needed to build the nation, but student and teacher numbers are in decline.

Roslyn Prinsley is National Adviser, Mathematics and Science Education and Industry for the Office of the Chief Scientist for Australia.

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Bee Teams in the Food Bowl

By Jane Dixon

Apiarists and conservationists are at loggerheads, with implications for food security and the fate of indigenous species.

Jane Dixon is a Senior Fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University.

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A Fishery Called Murray

By Colin Creighton

Improved water flows have reopened the Murray River’s flow to the sea, but much more needs to be done to restore the fisheries in Australia’s largest estuary.

Currently chair of the National Climate Change Adaptation – Marine Biodiversity and Fisheries initiative, Colin Creighton is developing an Australia-wide business case for estuary repair.

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View from the Top

By Aidan Byrne

The new head of the ARC looks ahead at changes to funding programs and an open access regime.

Since I started at the Australian Research Council (ARC) in July 2012, I have been fortunate to be given an integrated view of the research sector, and have spoken with a very large number of those that actively take part in it, each with their own view of where things are going and how the sector could be improved. It is exciting to witness such a volume of good ideas and enthusiasm for a future that we are building together.

Take a Summer Time Trip

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By Guy Micklethwait

Backwards time travel, parallel universes and temporal paradoxes – take a ride with the best time travel movies.

Guy Micklethwait recently completed his PhD thesis, Models of Time Travel: A Comparative Study, using films at the Australian National University.

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Super-Seeded Science

By Anna-Maria Arabia

The increase in compulsory superannuation contributions provides an opportunity to commercialise our research efforts.

You wouldn’t be blamed for being cynical when the science sector sought the support of the growing $1.4 trillion superannuation industry to turn good ideas into national wealth. It turns out that a dialogue between the science and superannuation sectors was smart and forward-looking.