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When Gold Loses Its Glitter

By Denise Goldsworthy

The Gold Rush left behind thousands of mines that remain toxic to the environment. The mining sector needs to develop a national abandoned mine initiative to regain public trust.

Tens of thousands of forgotten mines puncture Australia, some even dating back to the Gold Rush. Some of these abandoned mines have become toxic to the environment, eroding the public’s trust in miners and regulators.

Unrehabilitated legacy mines number more than 50,000, including structures like shafts and tailing dams. While some are now protected as historically significant, others capture rainfall in pit voids and can leak acidic water into the ecosystem.

Science Can Leverage Soft Power

By Kaye Basford

Australia is well-placed to use the expertise, networks and infrastructure of our science, technology and innovation sectors to leverage international influence.

American political scientist Joseph Nye coined the term “soft power” in the 1980s, a term that helps explain how China quietly became a dominant global force. Soft power refers to the ability for a country to cement its position as a global leader – without force or coercion.

But unlike “hard power”, which we think of in terms of military might, soft power cannot be singularly measured. Nye splits it into three categories: cultural, ideological and institutional. And this is where science diplomacy comes in.

Solving the Gender Equation

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Credit: momius/Adobe

By Bruce Godfrey

The SAGE program aims to engender balance in STEM professions.

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Risky Bias in Artificial Intelligence

By Mary-Anne Williams

Machine learning is intrinsically biased, but what can be done about it?

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The Energy Trilemma

By Hugh Bradlow

Clear direction is needed to direct the transition to cheap, reliable and carbon-neutral energy technologies.

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Mineral Exploration Malaise Uncovered

By Robert Smith

The UNCOVER Initiative aims to revive Australia’s minerals exploration efforts.

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Securing Our Digital Future

By Mike Miller

Our digital future depends on preparing industry and society for change.

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We Need to Solve the Energy Trilemma Now

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Credit: juanjo/Adobe

By Hugh Bradlow

The Finkel Review provides a roadmap to investment in clean energy technologies.

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Steady Budget for Science and Technology

Science and Technology wins and losses in the 2017 Federal Budget.

The 2017 Federal Budget holds few surprises for science and technology and has left the sector waiting for further announcements on major reviews and roadmaps, Science & Technology Australia said today.

“We welcome strong new investment in researching and developing new advanced manufacturing technology, including a $20 million injection into the important Cooperative Research Centres program,” STA CEO Kylie Walker said following the release of the Budget.

Are Research Priorities Useful?

By Peter Laver

Research priorities can place a greater emphasis on inputs than the potential outcomes.

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