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Alan Finkel participates in a debate with Nobel Laureate, Brian Schmidt. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

Alan Finkel to be Australia’s new Chief Scientist

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.
Image of a mini-kidney formed in a dish from human induced pluripotent stem cells. Minoru Takasato

Kidney failing? Grow a new one

The ability to grow new kidneys from stem cells might transform our treatment for kidney disease.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne at today’s press conference in Canberrra. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Pyne backflips on research infrastructure funding cut

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. AAP/Lukas Coch

Science infrastructure funding is being held hostage by government

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. Flickr/Ryan Wick

Giant asteroid makes its closest pass of Earth on 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? Intel Free Press

Smaller is smarter at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show

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. Flickr/Steve Dorman

2014, the year that was: Science + Technology

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. photoholic1/Flickr

Bird tree of life shows ‘explosive evolution’: studies

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. Florian F. (Flowtography)/Flickr

Flat battery? New prototype turns waste heat into electricity

Picture a device that can produce electricity using nothing but the ambient heat around it. Thanks to research published…
Intuitive processes may underlie decisions of those who help others while risking their own lives. AAresTT/Shutterstock

‘Extreme altruists’ motivated by gut instinct: study

If you noticed a person in grave danger would you act first and think later in order to save them? New research suggests…
The curious want to know more and can remember more. Flickr/Wagner T Cassimiro Aranha

Curiosity changes the brain to boost memory and learning

The more curious we are about a topic, the easier it is to remember not only information about that topic, but also other…