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No clear target in Australia's 2030 national innovation report

The new report started as a central plank of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s 2015 National Innovation and Science Agenda.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Kids' learning and health is shaped by genes they don't inherit, as well as genes they do

There's fresh evidence to inject into the old 'nature versus nurture' debate.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australia has 2,000 missing persons and 500 unidentified human remains – a dedicated lab could find matches

It’s been 52 years since the Beaumont children disappeared from Glenelg beach, Adelaide on Australia Day 1966.

In this case, excavation of a new area of interest – based on new evidence pointing to possible shallow graves – is expected to commence this week.


Originally published in The Conversation.

If Australia wants to boost defence exports, it should start with its natural strength: cyber security

The government’s Defence Export Strategy aims to make Australia a world leader in arms exports. Shutterstock

Australia’s “national security” government has found yet another credential to add to its clai


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: Why can I sometimes see the Moon in the daytime?

The _time_ of moonrise and moonset and the _shape_ of the Moon change throughout the month. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation, CC BY-NC-ND

This is an article from The Conversation.

From rocket launches to a crashing space station, we're in for a huge year in space

Rocket Lab successfully launched its Electron rocket from the company's complex on the Māhia Peninsula in New Zealand. Rocket Lab

A Blood Moon, a trip to the Moon and back for two explorers, a space station crashing to Earth and the launch of a new mission to find planets around other stars: the


Originally published in The Conversation.

Climate scientists explore hidden ocean beneath Antarctica's largest ice shelf

The team used hot-water drilling gear to melt a hole through Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf to explore the ocean below. Christina Hulbe, CC BY-ND

Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf is the world’s largest floating slab of ice: it’s


Originally published in The Conversation.

The next Full Moon brings a lunar eclipse, but is it a Super Blood Blue Moon as well? That depends...

Changing colours of the Moon during a total lunar eclipse, Mt Buffalo National Park, June 16, 2011. Phil Hart, Author provided

A The Conversation.

How 'slow science' can improve the way we do and interpret research

Slow science is a reminder of what is wonderful and creative in scientific work, but it's under threat. Shutterstock/asseny

Scientists don’t usually get involved in politics.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Award to Michelle Simmons reflects strategic importance of quantum physics for Australia

Physicist Michelle Simmons has won the 2018 Australian of the Year Award.


Originally published in The Conversation.