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PM Freezes Out Science

By Ian Lowe

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s road map for Australia is not being guided by science.

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CSG Regulation Is “Frackmented”

By Ian Lowe

The coal seam gas industry in NSW is arguing against the need for buffer zones, while it’s “open slather” in Queensland.

The coal seam gas industry in NSW is arguing against the need for buffer zones, while it’s “open slather” in Queensland.

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Canberra Lowers the Flag on Science

By Ian Lowe

Science has already disappeared from sight in the new Abbott government.

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Common Concerns in Mother England

By Ina Lowe

Population, nuclear energy and marine conservation are issues in common for Australia and the UK.

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Science Literacy Falling

By Ian Lowe

It’s little wonder that climate change science is misunderstood when nearly one-third of Australians believe that the Earth takes only a day to orbit the Sun.

Ian Lowe is Emeritus Professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University.

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The Numbers Don’t Add Up

By Ian Lowe

Researchers spent a combined 550 years writing grant applications last year, yet 80% missed out.

Ian Lowe is Emeritus Professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University.

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Concern at Emissions and Health Impacts of Coal

By Ian Lowe

The expansion of coal seam gas operations could eventually produce as much greenhouse gas as all the cars on the road in Australia.

Ian Lowe is Emeritus Professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University.

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“Shortcomings” Identified in Marine Park Network

By Ian Lowe

A report finds that highly protected marine areas tend to be the least economically valuable rather than the most ecologically vulnerable.

Ian Lowe is Emeritus Professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University.

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Bushfire Research Burnt

By Ian Lowe

The discontinuance of funding for the Bushfire CRC is a prime example of bureaucratic myopia.

Ian Lowe is Emeritus Professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University.

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Researchers Frustrated by Career Prospects

By Ian Lowe

A new survey finds that researchers like their work but are frustrated by limited career paths.

A new survey has found widespread discontent in the Australian research community. In a report for the Australian Council of Learned Academies, experienced analysts Jenni Metcalfe and Toss Gascoigne have documented “bitterness, anger and frustration”, especially among junior researchers struggling to establish their careers. They live with the uncertainty of short-term contracts and poor prospects of grant support. Many also feel they receive inadequate mentoring.