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Browse: Stuttering Doesn’t Set Kids Back
Preschool stuttering is associated with better language development and non-verbal skills and has no detectable effect on children’s mental health or temperament, according to a study of 1600 children followed from infancy to the age of four. Of these 11% stuttered, double the rate previously reported.
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Cover Story: Turn Down the Volume?
Does music help or hinder our concentration and memory?
Browse: Newborn Thyroid Activity Linked to Academic Struggles conSCIENCE: How to Get Girls into Physics
Research from the UK has identified several impediments that discourage girls from studying physics, with new interventions now being trialled.
conSCIENCE: Science Is Not Just Whitefella Business
Australia’s indigenous culture has a rich scientific heritage, yet indigenous people are under-represented in science-related careers today. Some simple steps can change this.
conSCIENCE: Jobs of the Future: The Known Unknown
The digital revolution is having a profound impact on the workforce. Increasing skills in science, technology, engineering and maths is not optional.
conSCIENCE: Chemistry: 21st Century Science for the Global Economy
It’s time for public recognition of the fact that, in a country where almost all of the 92 natural elements can be found, chemistry offers Australia sustainable economic prosperity.
conSCIENCE: Reinventing the Lucky Country
The challenges facing Australia in the 1960s have not been addressed, and a new challenge will need to be overcome before we can really become a lucky country.
The Bitter Pill: “Integrative Medicine” Has No Place in Universities
With their financial resources under threat, Australia’s universities need to resist the temptation of offering lucrative courses that rebadge complementary therapies as “integrative medicine”.
Cool Careers: Bringing Science to Afghan Women
In her spare time, cancer researcher Nouria Salehi runs an Afghan restaurant as well as programs to teach science to the women of Afghanistan.
Directions: Focus on Education to Feed the Future
Agricultural science education is a national priority for the nation’s food security.
Directions: How to Address the Engineering Shortage
Shaping the future of a thriving Australia means addressing the national opportunity cost by building engineering capacity.
Directions: Research Needs a New Narrative
Research is a tapestry of creativity that enriches the society in which we live.
Fossil File: Developing Fossil Sites for Education and Employment
A combination of active scientific research and a thriving local tourism industry is the model that many countries can adapt to protect and develop their most significant fossil sites.
Fossil File: When Will Australia Get Its First Real Mounted Dinosaur?
Australian museums don’t display any dinosaurs mounted from real bones into a life-like position.
Lowe Tech: A Great Leap Backwards
Queensland’s new government has reduced support for solar energy and resolved to ban the teaching of climate science in schools.
Lowe Tech: Science Literacy Falling
It’s little wonder that climate change science is misunderstood when nearly one-third of Australians believe that the Earth takes only a day to orbit the Sun.
Lowe Tech: Nuclear Naïvity
Political posturing over the nuclear industry and higher education reveal scant regard for science.
Neuropsy: The Demise of Dyslexia
Leading scholars argue for the abandonment of a flawed concept.
Simon Says: Healthy, But Needs Leadership
The Chief Scientist has established a role at the centre of science policy formulation, and flagged his intentions.
Simon Says: Engineer in Charge
Redefining pepper and implanting STEM cells are on the agenda of the new Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Science.
Up Close: Prey to temptation: Our struggle with irrational health choices
Social epidemiologist Prof Ichiro Kawachi describes how mental short-cuts affect our health choices, often for the worse, and what can be done to help us make better choices.
Up Close: Recovery from stroke: Harnessing the brain's capacity to overcome disability
Stroke rehabilitation researcher Prof. Julie Bernhardt discusses the state of the science in stroke recovery. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Prof Bernhardt and her team develop and test new exercises and rehabilitation measures that aim not only to reduce disability but promote recovery. This includes renewed attention to precise timing of therapeutic interventions, and to environmental enrichment of clinical spaces.
Up Front: Too Many Science Graduates
A new report finds that the increasing number of science graduates are having difficulty finding relevant employment.
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 New Twist in the DNA Revolution
Gene drives take genetic modification to the population level, with applications in health, conservation and agriculture, but there are also practical and ethical concerns.
Online Feature: University challenged for giving undeserved credibility to alternative therapies
Some of Australia's most prominent doctors, medical researchers and scientists have put their names to a letter criticising a university's decision to teach an alternative medicine course as if it were science.
Online Feature: Chief Scientist Calls for a National Strategy for Science
A transcript of the Chief Scientist's launch of the position paper: ‘STEM in the national interest: A strategic approach’
Online Feature: Brain scans may help diagnose dyslexia
Differences in a key language structure can be seen even before children start learning to read.
Online Feature: What about science in the Commission of Audit report?
The federal government’s Commission of Audit treats science, research and education as expenses to be trimmed rather than investments to be nurtured.
Online Feature: Expert culture has killed the innovator in workplaces conSCIENCE: Future Research Stars Are Born in Every Town
Labor believes that “Australia cannot be an innovation nation unless we are an education nation – and a science and research nation”.