Why isn’t new technology reflected in our productivity stats?
Since the 1990s productivity has been slowing in Australia and elsewhere. We aren't really sure why this is, but here are a couple of theories that could explain it.
The new Science Minister, Senator Arthur Sinodinos.
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What challenges will Arthur Sinodinos face as he becomes the latest to take up the science portfolio?
New minister for industry, innovation and science, Arthur Sinodinos, is fond of the term innovation.
New minister Arthur Sinodinos seems all for the innovation catch-cry but perhaps it's time he dropped it.
What’s the best way to measure research impact?
This move to measure the impact of university research on society introduces many new challenges that were not previously relevant when evaluation focused solely on academic merit.
Investing in pupils’ maths skills is an investment in a country’s economy.
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Good quality education fuels an economy. South Africa needs to increase its supply of science and technology university graduates. But instead it's lowering the bar, especially when it comes to maths.
A president’s science advisor is traditionally a close confidant.
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Innovation is a huge part of economic growth – and the White House needs to be well-informed on science and tech issues when setting goals and budgets. Here's how presidents get up to speed.
What future for PhD students after graduation?
Australia produces nearly 10,000 PhD graduates each year. What happens to them next?
Uncertainty around government policy affects how businesses operate and whether they’ll invest in R&D.
Economists have shown, using both theory and data, that uncertainty about U.S. environmental policies makes clean tech innovation less likely.
In Somalia a programme was launched to train people in the handling and processing of fish to reduce waste.
The gains reported in 2016 went hand in hand with overall growth in Africa over the last two decades.
CSIRO research finds Australia needs to work better with global supply chains and make more specific products to survive.
A CSIRO report suggests Australian manufacturers need to better design custom products and hook into global supply chains to survive.
Robotics and other farm technologies can provide a wealth of data to farmers and agribusiness.
The extension of laws on unfair contract terms to cover small businesses, may help farmers take more control of the data their farms generate.
Budding entrepreneurs take note – here's how to raise money to fund your dream project.
Good incentives are about more than just dollars.
Incentive schemes are widespread in the corporate world. But they may be doing more harm than good.
All for one and one for all.
Would a competent entrepreneur plough on with a decision that started to look a bit dodgy?
It is easy to see the benefits from the advances we have made in physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science and the life sciences. Without these impressive leaps in understanding, we would not have…
China is transitioning towards a more sophisticated economy built on science, knowledge and innovation.
There is a tidal wave of competition approaching the developed world from China – and foreign businesses have much to learn how Chinese companies evolved from imitators to innovators.
Finding the way from lab bench to patent office can be hard.
Australia has never been short of inventors, scientists aren't always at home in the ruthless world of commerce. But if they can be given a helping hand, it could help the entire economy.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wants Australia to be more innovative, but the loss of its car manufacturing industry could have the opposite effect.
The collapse of the car manufacturing industry will require more investment in R&D and technological innovation to ensure Australia doesn't fall behind.
The research found it may be the executives, not the shareholders, who are holding back innovation in business.
Research shows the short-term view focus of senior executives may be inhibiting a long-term investment in innovation.
Martin Parkinson (right) said he was an optimist about the role innovation would play in driving Australian national incomes.
Australia needs to speed up the spread of ideas across the economy in its quest for higher living standards, Martin Parkinson has said.