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We should broaden our view of science if it's to help make good public policy

Sometimes science needs to look at the bigger picture in order to best influence public policy. Pixabay

Actor and science advocate Alan Alda will address the National Press Club today, talking a


Originally published in The Conversation.

Gone is the solitary genius – science today is a group effort

Scientific discovery was once a mostly solitary endeavour and a common view was that genius was responsible for significant advances in knowledge.

The Nobel Prize – the ultimate prize for discovery – reinforces this perception by awarding no more than three people in each category each year for their contributions to science. Yet, increasingly, scientists are working in large collaborative teams to produce research of exceptional quality.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Alan Alda on the art of science communication: 'I want to tell you a story'

Alan Alda has a passion for talking about science. World Science Festival New York

Alan Alda is known to many people as the actor in the US television series M.A.S.H and later in The West Wing.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We need a fairer system for deciding rain-affected games in Twenty20 cricket

The sixth World Twenty20 cricket tournament begins in India this March and the competition comes at a time when the shortest version of the game is gaining popularity at a remarkable rate.

But there’s a potential dark cloud hanging over the tournament’s intrinsic fairness – literally – when it comes to deciding who’s the winner if a game is cut short.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The evidence is in: greater gender diversity in science benefits us all

Evidence shows science benefits from having researchers from both genders and a wide range of backgrounds. Shutterstock

The World Economic Forum estimated last year that at the current slow rate of progress, it will take until 2133 to The Conversation.

Two years on since flight MH370 disappeared and the search has found nothing: what now?

Rough conditions in the Southern Indian Ocean as the search for MH370 continues. Australian Transport Safety Bureau/John Draves, CC BY

It’s two years since Malaysia Airlines flight


Originally published in The Conversation.

Jupiter returns as king of the night sky

Jupiter stands out as the brightest object in the evening sky. Hypervel\flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

Since January, there have not been any planets to see in the evening sky.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Who (or what) is behind the wheel? The regulatory challenges of driverless cars

A legal opinion by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) set the internet alight in February.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A partial solar eclipse for northern and western Australia

The moon partly hides the sun from Lake Bolac, Victoria, April 29, 2014. Phil Hart, CC BY-NC-ND

This Wednesday, March 9, the sun and moon will meet together in


Originally published in The Conversation.