The Makalani nut is a Namibian treasure.
From unpublished Master's thesis of Michelle Olga van Wyk
Namibian crafters may be on the verge of commercial success with the carving of the Makalani nut. But they are not sure if they want to commercialise operations.
In an ideal world of gender equality and recognition for women’s work, surrogacy could perhaps be part of a paid, legitimate economy.
(Camila Cordeiro on Unsplash)
As the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society urges the government to consider "compensation" for surrogacy, we need to talk about the implications of this rhetoric for women.
Australians are deeply attached to the cluster of beliefs and traditions we call the ‘Anzac legend’.
In 1960, historian Ken Inglis wondered if Anzac functioned as a secular religion in Australian society. In 2017, we can confidently answer: yes, it does.
James Patterson – one of the world's bestselling authors – may not principally be a writer.
As degrees become more commonplace, African graduates are struggling more to find jobs.
Global economic realities shouldn't deter African universities from continuing to push for massification. But they must do so armed with knowledge, lessons from elsewhere and strong funding models.
Scientists can find it tough to turn a great idea or innovation into a successful business.
Science and business don't often go together, but that's changing as more scientists realise that their best ideas can be commercialised.
Bright ideas need help to come to fruition.
Innovation is all the rage, but it require real reform to promote. Here are five things we could do to improve innovation in Australia.
Is university all about being job-ready?
Universities are cutting and streamlining their courses in an attempt to make graduates more employable. But lots of graduates are still struggling to find work, so why isn’t it working?
Universities are losing sight of their role as places of teaching and learning. Instead, they are becoming hugely stressed business enterprises.
When funding imperatives dominate universities' strategies, higher education loses sight of the work it ought to be doing: developing graduates who can make a real difference in the world.
Getting a patent isn’t the only possible box to check when it comes to protecting IP.
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When academics come up with a viable innovation, they need to figure out the best way to protect their intellectual property if they're going to bring it to market. Patents aren't always the answer.
Innovators might be stifled if fees for patents rise too high.
European Patent Office European Inventor Award/Flickr
Rising fees for patents could stifle innovation in Australia. So what how much should we charge for patents?
New innovations and technologies, such as the Nanopatch developed by Australian biotech Vaxxas, are instrumental to Australia’s future prosperity, and many benefit from NCRIS facilities, which are now under threat from government cuts.
The government believes innovation will be crucial to our future productivity, yet it is threatening cuts to research infrastructure that is instrumental to promoting innovation and new technologies.
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ANZAC Day once was a day to commemorate the sacrifices made by Australian soliders in war - but is it now being hijacked by companies with a profit motive?
Australian War Memorial
Australian brands are increasingly looking to exploit national holidays like ANZAC Day. Given soft retail conditions, such efforts are understandable. But is it welcome? Sure, there is no law against associating…
The Nanopatch has potential to change the way vaccines are delivered.
A couple of facts: 1) At least 10% of the world’s population are “needle phobic”, which means they’re missing out on being vaccinated and/or have a horror of receiving jabs of any kind. Several studies…