Dr Alan Finkel will bring his perspective as an engineer to the role of Chief Scientist.
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Dr Alan Finkel took over as Australia's Chief Scientist in January this year. In this exclusive interview, he describes his approach to science, and to issues such as renewable energy and STEM jobs.
Australia’s chief scientist Professor Ian Chubb, at the National Press Club in Canberra, in 2013.
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After almost five years, Ian Chubb today ends his role Australia's Chief Scientist. He's seen some challenging times with changing leadership and ministers but he believes Australia is in a better place.
Alan Finkel participates in a debate with Nobel Laureate, Brian Schmidt.
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Australia's new Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, is a passionate advocate for science and technology, and has argued that Australia should consider nuclear power.
Photosynthesis is crucial to the ability of plants to convert sunlight into energy.
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Distinguished Professor Graham Farquhar has received this year's Prime Minister's Prize for Science for his pioneering research into photosynthesis.
Bubbles can be worth a lot of money.
The bubbles generated by Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson have been worth over $36 billion to the Australian economy. He has just received the 2015 Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation.
Image of a mini-kidney formed in a dish from human induced pluripotent stem cells.
The ability to grow new kidneys from stem cells might transform our treatment for kidney disease.
The 1000 Genome Project is comparing the genomes of thousands of people from around the world.
The 1000 Genome Project has revealed the genetic variations that exist among people around the world, and discovered that some people are missing many genes.
Could creativity and worry be linked?
Psychologists have advanced a new theory linking neurotic unhappiness and creativity, arguing that natural worriers may have highly active imaginations and be more creative problem-solvers.
Dogs being dominant (left) and submissive (right).
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Researchers have homed in on a number of behaviours that are associated with dominance and submission amongst groups of dogs.
Michelle Simmons was honoured for her leadership on research into quantum computing.
From researchers into the future of quantum computing to those working on low cost energy storage or explaining why onions make you cry, all were winners in the annual Eureka Prizes.
The hormone irisin is one of the things that makes exercise good for us.
Scientists in the US have found that a feel-good exercise hormone called irisin does indeed exist in humans, putting to bed long-disputed claims that it is a myth.
The April 2015 earthquake flattened villages and towns, but more may be to come.
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New research shows the earthquake that struck central Nepal in April this year was only a partial rupture of the fault line, meaning another strong quake could be due in future.
The wasp’s pupa commandeering an enslaved spider.
Scientists in Japan have discovered a new species of wasp that induces a zombie-like state in spiders in order to manipulate them into protecting the wasp’s own offspring.
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A new study has shown that high frequency vibrations can cause bricks to self-assemble into a larger 3D cylinder, a finding that may one day help do away with the need for assembly lines.
Abrupt warming events may have helped kill off megafauna species like the mammoth.
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New research challenges previously held views that the Ice Age, giant biblical floods or hunting by humans were the key drivers behind the disappearance of megafauna.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne at today’s press conference in Canberrra.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne has backed down on his threat to defund NCRIS if the Senate failed to pass the government's university deregulation bill.
Education minister Christopher Pyne has maintained that the higher education reforms must be passed in order for science infrastructure funding to be released.
Leading scientists warn that research facilities may close and jobs will be lost if the government doesn't free up promised science funding.
Get your telescopes ready for a rare close encounter with an asteroid this Australia Day.
Clear skies this Australia Day could give observers a rare look at a giant asteroid flying past Earth at 56,000kmh. The asteroid…
What can the CES tell us about the future of technology?
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An app that can unlock your front door with a digital key and the latest wearable sex tech OhMiBod are just some of the next…
The future of the Parkes radio telescope in doubt in a climate of cutbacks.
It’s been a year of incredible feats in science and technology but also a year of uncertainty too as the Australian government’s…
Genomic data sets the record straight on where bird species sit on the avian family tree.
Today’s land birds, from ducks to eagles, shared a common ancestor after dinosaurs went extinct – just one finding from bird…
Well, maybe it’s not quite
this electrifying, but the prototype is pretty cool.
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Picture a device that can produce electricity using nothing but the ambient heat around it. Thanks to research published…
How has domestication changed the humble house cat?
House cats are a great source of companionship for many people – 3 million cats are kept as pets in Australia. Now thanks…
Prize winners – Sam Berkovic and Ingrid Scheffer.
Two researchers have shared the 2014 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science for their long-standing partnership on cracking the…
An artist’s concept of Comet Siding Spring (2013 A1) and Mars.
Astronomers world-wide are gearing up for what NASA calls a “once in a lifetime” event: the Comet Siding Spring will swing…