He may not have invented the helicopter, but the real man is more than worthy of the myth.
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.
Displays you can roll up and put in your pocket are routinely touted as the next advance in screen technology. So why don't we have them in our homes yet?
The role of an engineer has diversified over the years to be something more than just building structures. But that is yet to be reflected in the way we teach the engineers of the future.
Cheap, affordable space travel would be revolutionary. Chances are, when it comes, it won't rely on the brute force approach of rockets.
New materials and new designs could help astronauts withstand longer periods of time in space and deal with the hazards of exploring other planets.
Liberal arts institutions teach students critical thinking skills. But rarely do they learn how to collaborate.
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.
If we want the Sustainable Development Goals to be more than just big dreams, Africa will need well trained engineers who can put their skills to good use in their own communities.
One of the engineers behind Bloodhound, the UK's anticipated world land speed record attempt, explains how they created a car to reach 1000mph.
Imagine building a dam across the Strait of Gibraltar and draining the Mediterranean in order to generate vast amounts of hydroelectricity and create fertile new lands.
If the continent is to grasp the science and technology revolution, then governments should take the lead in both policy formulation and implementation.
New research provides a compact but powerful way for Mars rovers to communicate directly with Earth via an array of smaller antenna elements, bypassing the need for an intermediary.
The way sea lions swim is unique among fish and marine mammals. Their technique provides a biomechanical model to design agile underwater vehicles... but first we have to figure out how they do it.
How a social media campaign is revealing more about the good, and bad, in the industry.
Reported "evidence" that the proposed fuel-free "EmDrive" works (and breaks the known laws of physics) is nothing of the sort.
Separation of disciplines in academia hurts our ability to innovate and solve big problems.
Shouldn't we make aircraft engines quieter? It turns out they're the quietest they've ever been
The robots in the DARPA Robotics Challenge can open doors and drive cars. But developing machines that can think for themselves is more tricky.
Issues of energy and climate will be solved by engineering, not climate science.