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conSCIENCE: We Will Never Cure Cancer, So Should We Even Try?
Billions of dollars are spent on cancer research each year for minimal gains. Would that money be better invested elsewhere?
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: Closing the High Seas Opens Fishing Opportunities
Closing international waters to fishing would have little or no effect on global catches but make fishing potentially fairer, safer, better-managed and less polluting.
conSCIENCE: Bridging the Divide between Academia and Industry
The Science Next Collaborative is helping early- and mid-career researchers to make the leap from research to commercialisation.
conSCIENCE: Stem Cell Industry Must Tread a Fine Line
The emerging stem cell industry needs to be able to fast-track therapies into clinical trials without clearing the way for clinics to offer unproven therapies to vulnerable patients.
conSCIENCE: The Warming War
There is a legal basis for the United Nations Security Council to declare climate change as a threat to international peace and security.
Directions: Boosting Our Innovation Dividend
It’s time for urgent action to drive productivity and prosperity.
Directions: Let’s Get Positive about Innovation
Recognition and acceptance that we will fail from time to time is a necessary part of belief that we can succeed.
Directions: No More Studies: It’s Time for STEM Action
The STEM situation is desperate and needs to be addressed as a high priority.
Directions: Research Needs a New Narrative
Research is a tapestry of creativity that enriches the society in which we live.
Directions: The Energy Trilemma
Clear direction is needed to direct the transition to cheap, reliable and carbon-neutral energy technologies.
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Directions: Solving the Gender Equation
The SAGE program aims to engender balance in STEM professions.
Eco Logic: History of an “Outcome”
Assigning an outcome to any single grant, paper or person makes a mockery of the scientific process.
Eco Logic: South Australia Doubles Down on Solar Energy
A South Australian election promise to install solar panels and batteries in 50,000 homes has placed the Prime Minister in an awkward position.
Fossil File: Getting a Palaeontology Job in Australia
Australia’s funding system disadvantages students attempting to turn their palaeontology studies into a career.
Lowe Tech: Renewables Targeted
A review of Australia’s renewable energy target appears to have been established with a particular outcome in mind.
Lowe Tech: Electric Cars Are About to Turn the Corner
Will decreasing battery costs finally enable the electric car to take off?
Lowe Tech: Clean Energy Clean Bowled
The Abbott government has placed the Clean Energy Finance Corporation in a Catch-22 situation.
Lowe Tech: The Impact of Technology
The government has abdicated its responsibility to assess the broad economic effects of new technologies.
Lowe Tech: The Electric Vehicle Challenge
Installations of solar and wind energy will need to maintain their pace to ensure that the coming demand for electric vehicles won’t be powered by fossil fuels.
Lowe Tech: Keeping All the Lights On
A 100% renewable energy system using pumped hydro can store enough power for peak demand at a competitive price to fossil fuels.
Lowe Tech: Lift-off for Space Agency
The re-establishment of an Australian space agency is expected to generate billions of dollars after decades of neglect of the sector.
Lowe Tech: Australia’s Environmental Ranking Trumped
Australia has been ranked third-worst in the developed world for environmental protection, and medical professionals are increasingly concerned about the health impacts of climate change.
Lowe Tech: From Little Things Big Things Grow
About 100 million hectares of forest have been lost globally in the past 25 years, but one Landcare group has increased a patch of rainforest lost to farmland by 40% in 20 years.
Up Close: The data cure: The changing science of biology and its impact on your health care
Molecular biologist and science policy leader Professor Keith Yamamoto discusses the current revolution in biological sciences and the emerging field of precision medicine.
Up Close: Natural value: Pricing ecosystems, and its implications for conservation policy
Conservation ecologist Assoc. Prof. Brendan Wintle considers the difficult questions and dilemmas that arise in decisions around species and ecosystem conservation, and whether a monetary value can or should be applied to nature.
Up Close: Molecular gaze: How discoveries in the life sciences are changing our identities and politics
Prof. Nikolas Rose explores how scientific developments have changed conceptions of human identity and governance, and what this means for our political, socio-economic and legal futures.
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: Whatever happened to the ozone hole? Lessons in timely action to avert global disaster
Atmospheric scientists Prof David Karoly and Dr Robyn Schofield discuss the hole in the ozone layer over the Antarctic, and what effect timely global action taken in 1987 seems to have had in reversing ozone degradation.
Up Front: CSIRO's Ideology Is Questionable
The decision to dismantle CSIRO's climate research underlines a shift in priorities from support of broad societal needs towards a focus on wealth generation.
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: A Military Motive for the Space Agency
National security, not economic opportunity, may have motivated the government’s new interest in a sovereign space capability.
Online Feature: Science advice and policy making
Lord May examines the challenges facing tomorrow’s world: anthropogenic climate change; feeding more people; and designing a financial system that allocates capital in a responsible and effective way.
Online Feature: Federal Budget 2014: health experts react
The Abbott government has announced a A$20 billion medical research “future fund”, to help discover what Treasurer Joe Hockey calls the “cures of the future”, paid for with money generated as a result of major changes to health policy.
Online Feature: Australia's astronomy future in a climate of cutbacks
The future looks very bright for Australian radio astronomy but it was somewhat clouded earlier this year when CSIRO’s radio astronomy program took a dramatic hit in the Australian federal budget.
Online Feature: Chief Scientist CSG report leaves health concerns unanswered
Online Feature: Sustainable oil from algae: the technology is ready, but what about the politics? Online Feature: Fossil fuel growth centre harks back to old ideas about climate costs
Online Feature: Climate policy needs a new lens: health and well-being Online Feature: The 2017 budget has axed research to help Australia adapt to climate change