Professor Samir Brahmachar: ‘Why should drug discovery be kept in the Wright brothers’ era of trial and error?’
Professor Samir Brahmachari's innovative Open Source Drug Development allows thousands of researchers to work together to discover novel therapies for under-studied diseases.
The internet has been the bogeyman of democracy over the last 12 months. It's time to harness its power and redress the balance.
We can overcome the tyranny of inaccessible science hardware by building a movement for equity in science.
Online tools are changing the way psychology research is conducted.
Tools like Amazon's Mechanical Turk allow psychology researchers to recruit test subjects from around the world. But the system can also be exploited.
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If the site is increasingly where people are getting their news, what could the company do without taking up the mantle of being a final arbiter of truth?
Imagine where working together on open data can get us?
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This method of crowdsourcing science legwork is ready to expand into other disciplines – and maybe the amateurs themselves can start calling some of the shots.
The proposed changes to the Corporations Act might protect investors in crowd funding but it limits the types of businesses that can use these platforms.
The Italian government tried to limit the type of companies that could use crowd-sourced funding with poor results, Australia can learn from this.
If you want the best tool for making educated guesses, then you'd better get the basics right.
Bicycles fueling change in Kenya.
An advocate for the power of innovation to improve the world offers some cautions.
For the people, by the people, enraging the people.
A "Yelp for people" app that offers crowdsourced opinions on people is a terrible idea, and probably illegal.
Yes, libraries have a place and function - but academics and researchers can get along just fine without them.
Libraries are warm, dry and safe spaces with free Internet, which many people need. But academics and researchers in the 21st century can get along very well without them.
You looking at me?
Sometimes the best way to deal with mountains of data is to turn to the public for help. That's what Snapshot Serengeti did to classify millions of photos from savanna camera traps in Tanzania.
Did you feel that?
Cloud computing has the potential to predict earthquakes based on animal behaviour.
Technology is changing finance in ways Jefferson would never have imagined.
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Digital technology and pervasive access to the internet have reshaped many industries, and banking is no exception: Hampden and Co is the latest in a short but growing list of digital-only banks built…
Crowdsourcing sabotage makes the crowd less useful.
Crowdsourcing competitions, popular with companies seeking to tap into groups of knowledge, are often diminished by malicious…
Most innovations form in a network, with a mixture of local and global ingredients.
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From the days of the gold rushes, to the banking and mining booms of the last 15 years, Australians have long worried that most of the world’s innovation was happening somewhere else. Did our good fortune…
Volunteers are trawling satellite imagery in the hope of finding the wreckage of MH370.
It has been nearly a week since flight Malaysia Airlines MH370 disappeared some time after taking off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Despite searches led by the Malaysian authorities, there is…