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In the driver's seat of evolution

Rice terraces reshape mountains in southern China. Wikimedia commons

Humans have had a profound influence over evolution; ours and the evolution of many other species.

Originally published in The Conversation.

What to look for when buying a telescope

A telescope can open up on the wonders of the heavens. Grand Canyon National Park/Flickr, CC BY

I’m often asked what inspired me to become an astronomer, and I explain that a pivotal moment for me was stargazing through my grandfather’s telesco

Originally published in The Conversation.

Expert panel: what the national innovation statement means for science

Malcolm Turnbull has now announced his strategy to promote innovation and science in Australia. AAP/Lukas Coch

After talking up innovation since his appointment as Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull today announced his much anticipated National Innovation and Science Agenda (The Conversation.

Five ways to kickstart the STEM economy in Australia

Bright ideas need help to come to fruition. Shutterstock

The word “innovation” has taken on a new currency in the Australian research sector.

Originally published in The Conversation.

The ERA assessed: Cost, not rated, and league tables. Is there a better way to do it?

ERA 2015 ARC

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) exercise conducted by the Australian Research Council (ARC) purports to benchmark Australian university research against the research produced by the rest of the world.

Originally published in The Conversation.

How we trace the hackers behind a cyber attack

The fingerprints might indicate China, but that's not so easy to prove. Shutterstock

The Chinese military has been imputed for the recent cyber attack on the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (The Conversation.

The technology in science fiction is not always what we want in the real world

It's okay in science fiction but not in real life: A robot (Robin Williams, left) who dreams of becoming human in the movie Bicentennial Man. AAP/Touchstone Pictures

Our expectations of technology in the real world are often fed by our perception of science fiction content.

Originally published in The Conversation.

My genes made me do it: the problem of genetic evidence and diminished culpability

Is he really guilty if he had a genetic predisposition towards impulsive behaviour? Shutterstock

There have been recent high-profile claims suggesting genetics and neuroscience are set to radically change the way we think about crime and punishment.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Five reasons we should embrace gene-editing research on human embryos

Future people would be grateful if their disease is cured, rather than being replaced by a different healthier or non-disabled person. sabianmaggy/Flickr, CC BY-SA

Scientists from arou

Originally published in The Conversation.

Debate on whether we should use gene-editing technology is far from black and white

The real question is not whether gene editing should be allowed or banned, but how it should be regulated. shutterstock

Arguments in favour of embracing gene editing focus on how it can deliver cheap tre

Originally published in The Conversation.