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Science Council’s Renovation Rescue

By Simon Grose

Remodelling the edifice that delivers science advice to the highest level of government seems to be an interactive work in progress.

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No, Prime Minister

By Simon Grose

Almost three decades of high-level engagement between the government and the research sector has reached a dead end.

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On Feeling Precious

By Simon Grose

The Minister responsible for Science has described scientists as “precious petals”. Crunch the numbers and he may be right.

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Of Hobbits and Hoodies

By Simon Grose

The main critic of the view that a now-extinct human species inhabited the island of Flores has a good record for media coverage but not so good for scientific judgements that bear scrutiny.

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Weird Scenes Outside the Coal Mine

By Simon Grose

The MH17 disaster and the carbon price debate tossed up some surreal juxtapositions.

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Driving with Clive

By Simon Grose

Science could be promoted to the front row of the political agenda by advising the under-resourced Senators who hold the balance of power.

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Knowingly Diving into the Unknown

By Simon Grose

Advancing autonomous vessel technologies are revolutionising underwater search – and warfare.

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Chief Scientist’s Bid to Fill the Void

By Simon Grose

The Chief Scientist could take on greater responsibilities if the government accepts his plan.

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Two Drought Policies

By Simon Grose

How you cope with long dry spells depends a lot on your place in the evolutionary tree.

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Curriculum Wars

By Simon Grose

The troubled saga of the national school curriculum has more turmoil ahead, and perhaps an unhappy ending.

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