Australia’s new cabinet was sworn in after a reshuffle in December 2017 - but no minister for science.
Right now, for the second time since 1931, there is no minister directly responsible for science in Australia.
Politics Podcast: Bill Ferris on Australia’s innovation mission.
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Innovation and Science Australia chair Bill Ferris launched a report this week setting out a plan that seeks to put Australia into the top tier of innovation nations by 2030.
The new report started as a central plank of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s 2015 National Innovation and Science Agenda.
The Australia 2030: Prosperity Through Innovation report offers five “imperatives for action”: Education, Industry, Government, Research and Development, and Culture and Ambition.
The trend in establishing start-ups, collaboration and “freelancing” contributed to the growing market of co-working and virtual spaces.
The growth of creative hubs is good for innovation but it may also widen a digital and economic divide in Indonesia.
Congress could learn a thing or two about acting proactively from Elon Musk, seen here with his Dragon space capsule.
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Research shows the ability to act strategically for the long term is a key component of successful leadership – and sorely lacking in Congress these days.
Elon Musk, head of Telsa, is an advocate for flat organisational structures.
A flat management structure can reduce costs and boost efficiency but may be hard for larger firms to implement.
Africa has the chance to innovate and grow, with the right policies and investment.
Calestous Juma believed that Africa needed an integrated science, technology and innovation framework. The continent can make this happen.
It may take time for a tiny step forward to show its worth.
Scientists are rewarded with funding and publications when they come up with innovative findings. But in the midst of a 'reproducibility crisis,' being new isn't the only thing to value about research.
You can’t keep a good scientist down.
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President Trump's first year was a rough one for scientists and others who value truth and expertise. Many rallied to the cause, while others used research to make the case for the value of science.
Six questions to ask yourself before you buy that last minute Christmas present.
Humanoid robots at an international robotics competition in Tehran, Iran, during 2014. Students from 22 countries, including Canada, were competing during the three-day event.
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In their relentless pursuit of research commercialization, and bigger robots, universities might miss the real opportunity of technology - to make our world a better place.
Academics put Hammond in the spotlight.
Academics deliver their verdict on Philip Hammond.
While most Canadian nurses still use some paper charting systems, robots are being developed to complete intimate nursing tasks. Nurses need to embrace technological change, to direct their own future.
Will nurses eventually be replaced by robots? Nurses themselves need to engage with the ongoing technological revolution in healthcare - to shape the future of the profession.
Robots are advancing exponentially while human learning occurs at a much slower pace.
Jobs are not created or lost because of a single technology, but because of the business models designed to leverage the power of it.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Dr. Mona Nemer, Canada’s new chief science adviser, check out a robot that launches balls, with science fair participants Van Bernat and Kate O'Melia of Governor Simcoe Secondary School in St. Catharines, Ont., on Parliament Hill in September.
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Science funding still falls short of 2005 levels. It's time for Canada's government to fix that problem, before it's too late.
Rules are made to be broken. Innovation stalls when you don't follow that simple maxim.
Should robots and artificial intelligence face additional restrictions?
Artificial intelligence has so much beneficial potential that fears about it shouldn't prompt new regulations. Existing rules already govern human and machine behavior.
Crystal Pepsi, seen here on sale recently as part of a nostalgia campaign, was considered one of Pepsi’s epic fails.
It can be much easier to develop a new product than to actually get people to try it, even for big established brands. Where did launches for products like Crystal Pepsi go wrong?
Post-its are a great idea, but would they have made it on Kickstarter?
To attract the most crowdfunding, a product should be framed as either new or useful.
While every other social media platform seeks to tie users in through content-rich profiles, the transient nature of Snaps means the company needs to find a new hook.