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Setting the Record Straight on Coral Bleaching

By Russell Reichelt

The mass bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef this summer is the most damaging recorded.

Over the past 12 months, corals in most tropical regions across the world have experienced the most severe mass coral bleaching ever recorded. By June this year, 22% of coral died on the 3000 reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, with most of the mortality occurring in the far north above Cooktown.

Food Safety Rests on Four Interlocking Issues

By Kaye Basford

Systems, technology, culture and trust are essential elements of safety in our food supply.

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Rethinking Australia’s Carbon Abatement Contracts

By Bill Burrows

Australia’s total net CO2 emissions are much lower than are implied by published numbers.

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Australia’s High Schools Are Into STELR

By Doreen Thomas

The STELR program now reaches 500 schools, 50,000 students and 1500 teachers each year.

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We Need to Come to Terms with Unconscious Bias

Credit: Seraphim Vector

Credit: Seraphim Vector

Training that increases our awareness of unconscious bias is useful but insufficient.

In most situations, job interviewers try hard to be fair and treat all applicants equally. But they will probably be unaware of cognitive biases that can affect their interviewing behaviour and subsequent decision-making about the suitability of each applicant:

  • in-group bias, which causes us to be more comfortable with and favour people like us – people who share the same gender, background, experience, interests or personality type;

Additive Manufacturing: Collaboration Trumps Complexity

By Mike Heard

Subsidies are required to provide industry-wide access to additive manufacturing technologies.

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Our Wastewater Is a Valuable, Recoverable Resource

By John Burgess

Australia can quickly turn our wastewater from a burden to a benefit.

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Unconventional Gas Needs the Right Support and Controls

By Vaughan Beck

Unconventional gas faces two issues: its role as an energy source and social acceptance.

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Vision for a Science Nation Opens the Door to Our Future

By Margaret Hartley

We need to develop an overarching vision for innovation in Australia.

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Retaining the Lead in Solar Cell Technology

By Stuart Wenham

Australia must embrace change to realise its advantage in solar photovoltaics.

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