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Browse: Scientists Don’t Turn a Blind Eye to Bias
Michio Kaku
Feature: Big Bang Theory
String theory inventor Michio Kaku talks to Australasian Science about the recent discovery of gravitational waves, the search for parallel universes and a unified theory of everything.
James Randi
Feature: James Randi: An Honest Liar
James Randi discusses his greatest achievements, disappointments, what woo annoys him the most, and the challenges fracturing the skeptical movement.
Browse: Data Archiving Errors Limit Scientific Scrutiny
Browse: Skeptics Award Bent Spoon to New CSIRO Chief
Feature: One Eye on the Future
The newly appreciated relevance of pupillary studies conducted in the 1960s provides a cautionary tale about the modern metrics used to evaluate which research projects should gain funding.
Credit: Caleb Dawson
Feature: The Art of Science
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute has created an exhibition of gorgeous images revealing biological processes such as breast and lung cancer, blood vessel development and embryogenesis.
Feature: Hypersonic Art
An artist with a passion for bringing the abstract and strange to life, Peter Hennessey has immersed himself in the world of hypersonics, and given researchers a fresh perspective about their work.
Feature: Alternative Measures of Research Impact
New “altmetrics” tools are enabling universities and the private sector to identify emerging talent much earlier than traditional measures of academic publications and citations.
Feature: Top 10 Science Stories of 2018
2018 was another big year for science yarns, from outrage at the creation of the world's first genetically modified babies and dire warnings from the world's top climate science organisation, to a successful Mars mission and a huge setback for driverless cars. Scroll down to see 2018's best and biggest science tales.
Browse: Epilepsy, Epigenes and Molecular Filters Earn PM’s Prizes Browse: Size Matters for Academic Papers
conSCIENCE: How Significant Is P?
Questions over the significance of P values requires the adoption of a new and transparent approach to validating research data.
conSCIENCE: Shaping Climate Attitudes
People are more likely to support climate change mitigation when they are first confronted with the local adaptations that will be required.
conSCIENCE: Can Journal Publishing Be Democratised?
An experiment in academic publishing has tested journal practices and questioned whether the autocratic power of editorial boards needs to be returned to researchers.
conSCIENCE: How to Get the Most out of Scientific Data
Researchers act as if they own their data, but this is counterproductive to the pursuit of science.
conSCIENCE: Appropriate Behaviour?
Plagiarism by academic reviewers is hard to prove, and even harder to punish.
The Bitter Pill: Call Out the Quacks
Scientists often complain about the way the media treat their message, but journalists have reason to complain as well, since many scientists don’t help to get that message straight.
The Bitter Pill: Forget Fake News: Is PR Hype the Big Problem in Science?
The problem of over-hyped science news is undermining public trust in science.
Cool Careers: Proposal by Paper
When Brendan McMonigal wrote a mock research paper proposing to his girlfriend neither guessed it would go viral on the internet.
Directions: Editorial Vision Will Prevail
We’re awash with information, but good editorial teams can inform and amuse you better than any automated keyword search.
Eco Logic: Complex Ideas in Ecology Made Simple
Have you just published an important journal article? Why not turn it into a movie?
Eco Logic: Why Publish Research?
Why publish research when what we are after is conservation outcomes? Here’s why.
Lowe Tech: Like a Rinehart Cowboy
Will more anti-climate change cowboys ride into the media spotlight following Gina Rinehart’s purchase of a stake in Fairfax?
Naked Skeptic: Magic Wands for Pain Relief
Sometimes an easy solution to pain is one of those things that looks too good to be true. And is.
Naked Skeptic: Seven Signs of a Quack
How does an expensive cancer clinic measure up against seven signs of pseudoscience?
Naked Skeptic: Close Enough Is Better Than Nothing
Peer review may not be perfect but it’s better than the alternative of being able to say, claim and publish anything at all.
Naked Skeptic: Citation Cold Case
Advocates of quackery realise that their misquotes of credible sources will not be checked, so that information that is wrong or taken out of context becomes copied until it is considered fact.
Naked Skeptic: One, Two, Three! What Are We Counting For?
Number abuse is rife in online forums and even science news websites.
Naked Skeptic: Don’t Let Straw Men Give You Hay Fever
Be prepared to face these straw man arguments when arguing with climate change deniers, anti-vaccination advocates and creationists.
Naked Skeptic: Hold the Front Page!
The loss of specialist reporters in the clickbait era of journalism matters more for science than other rounds.
Naked Skeptic: Don’t Wave Goodbye Just Yet
Predictions of a tsunami hitting Sydney should not have made the news.
Naked Skeptic: But Is It Science?
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, but that’s not always possible with science.
Naked Skeptic: Keep the Eyes on the Prize
The achievements of a number of Nobel Laureates have been misappropriated by purveyors of pseudoscience.
Publish or Perish: New Books
Your guide to new books
Publish or Perish: New Books
Your guide to new science books this month.
Publish or Perish: Books: We Write, Read, Love, Need Them
Why write books? For some, it's a need — to find out what we think, and get the record down for all of history to see. And in science, there's the need to update what's known, something Emeritus Professor John Bradshaw has done.
Simon Says: Deselecting “Evolition”
A report that whooping cough had evaded the current vaccine by mutating epitomises misconceptions about evolution.
Up Close: Margaret Wertheim: Confessions of a science communicator
Celebrated science writer and author Margaret Wertheim discusses the state of science journalism and communication in a world of fragmented social and digital media, as well as her craft-based efforts to foster scientific and mathematical awareness.
Up Close: Publish and perish: Science and medical researchers under pressure
Psychiatrist Joeri Tijdink discusses his research into how increasing pressures on science and medical researchers to win funding, achieve positive research results, and publish in highly esteemed journals may be linked to professional burnout and even research misconduct.
Up Front: The Real Cost of Predatory Journals
Predatory journals not only scam genuine scientists, they provide plausible citations that promote pseudoscience.
Up Front: Evidence Is “Not Like It Used to Be”
Donald Trump’s hair is a metaphor for how people misuse evidence to fit their worldview.
Up Front: A Sour Taste from Artificial Sweeteners
The food industry has been accused of influencing research that it sponsors.
Up Front: “We Have Always Been at War with Science”
An Orwellian dystopia is upon us when scientists are muzzled and their expertise disappears into a memory hole.
Up Front: Publish, Patent, Be Social or Perish
A researcher’s impact extends beyond measures of publications and citations to patents, peer review and social media influence.
Up Front: Born This Way
A study reporting a weak association between two genes and homosexuality could have powerful consequences.
Up Front: STEMM Faces Generational Gender Gap
A meta-analysis of academic authorship has concluded that gender equity in science remains decades away.
Up Front: Don’t Bite the Hand that Funds
Corporate interests have a heavy hand in how research is designed, conducted and reported.
Up Front: It's Time to Say Goodbye
Australasian Science is ceasing production after more than eight decades.
Notice Board: An Unsung Hero of Science Communication
The Australian Science Communicators has named the Editor of Australasian Science, Guy Nolch, as the 2012 Unsung Hero of Science Communication.
Notice Board: Sci-ku for maths and statistics
Students and adults around Australia are being challenged to unleash their inner poet with a science haiku (sci-ku) on the topics of Maths or Statistics.
Notice Board: Pandemic
A five part web-series about a deadly virus, engineered in a lab, and the people at the frontline fighting bioterrorism.
Pockley's Point: Scientists, Media and Society
Peter Pockley reports from a conference held by the Australian Science Communicators.
Pockley's Point: Vale Peter Pockley
Australia's longest-serving science journalist, and long-time columnist for Australasian Science, has passed away.
Online Feature: Innovation in China: The best and worst of times
Research misconduct is "serious and widespread" among Chinese scientists.
Online Feature: 2012: The Biggest (and Weirdest) Science Stories
The year's ten biggest science stories, and ten of the most weird and womderful science stories.
Online Feature: Big Australian media reject climate science
One third of articles in Australia’s major newspapers do not accept the consensus position of climate science: that human beings are contributing to climate change.
Online Feature: Seven secrets of stylish academic writing
How do you undo years of scholarly training and learn to write like a human being?
Online Feature: Prime Minister’s Prize for Science 2018 goes to 'Earth-watcher' Kurt Lambeck Feature: The Top 10 WEIRD Science Stories of 2018
There was no shortage of weird and wonderful science in 2018.
conSCIENCE: Greens Plan Giant Boost to Science and Research
The Australian Greens want to put Australia on a path to spending 4% of GDP on science and research by 2030.
Peter Pockley
reminiSCIENCE: A Pioneer of Science Journalism
Guy Nolch pays tribute to long-time columnist Peter Pockley, who was Australia's longest-serving science journalist.