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Reaction: Alan Finkel to be Australia's next Chief Scientist

Alan Finkel is a well respected member of the Australian scientific community. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

Engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Dr Alan Finkel, has been appointed Australia’s new Chief Scientist, and


Originally published in The Conversation.

From student to start-up – how a PhD can boost budding businesses

Academia and business can learn from each other. Shutterstock

What should an undergraduate student who’s inspired to change the world do? Should they continue their education in a PhD or found a startup?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Earthquake rocks Afghanistan and Pakistan – an area prone to magnitude 7 quakes

The remains of a house in Mingora, Swat, Pakistan. REUTERS/Hazrat Ali Bacha

A devastating earthq


Originally published in The Conversation.

New worlds to be named by popular vote (and their stars too!)

Twenty planetary systems will be named by the public, but get in quick as voting closes soon. ESO/L.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How to protect authors after Google Books wins its 'fair use' case, again

How to deal with copyright when books are digitised. Flickr/Daniel Go, CC BY-NC

Google’s efforts to scan millions of books for an online library have passed another legal hurdle with the U


Originally published in The Conversation.

We need to stop Australia’s genetic heritage from being taken overseas

_Nicotiana benthamiana_ growing in the wild in coastal northern Western Australia. Steve Wylie, Author provided

In August this year Professor Mark Chase from the The Conversation.

Your Questions Answered on open access

Open access allows users to download, copy, print and distribute works, without the need to ask for permission or to pay. Meredith Kahn/Flickr, CC BY-NC

Open access means making peer revi


Originally published in The Conversation.

Science is best when the data is an open book

Data needs to be an open book if science is to be made more reliable. Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr, CC BY-SA

It was 1986, and the American space agency, NASA, was reeling from the loss of seven lives.


Originally published in The Conversation.

It's a battle of the hemispheres in the Rugby World Cup

Northern nations may dominate in the numbers of teams in the Rugby World Cup but Southern teams tend to dominate in the play, such as Australia's win over England to throw the host nation out of the competition. Reuters/Stefan Wermuth

The history of the Rugby World Cup (RWC


Originally published in The Conversation.

The universe really is weird: a landmark quantum experiment has finally proved it so

Measuring the photons in an entangled state was part of the experiment. Flickr/Alexandre Normand, CC BY

Only last year the world of physics celebrated the The Conversation.