Making the case for state funding of universities.
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As budgets get squeezed, universities are fighting to prove their worth.
Will we see a repeat of this 2010 protest against planned cuts to science?
A review by Paul Nurse, president of the Royal Society, has said the UK's research councils should continue to be exist as part of a new quango.
The Large Hadron Collider is playing a key role in enabling the collection of big data.
Big data is about processing large amounts of data. It is often associated with multiplicities of data. But the ability to generate data outpaces the ability to store it.
PhD students taking part in a writing bootcamp at the University of New South Wales.
Research writing events have become a popular way for academics to develop their writing skills and socialise with others.
‘There are relatively fewer large-scale research-intensive industries for universities to partner with in Australia,’ says Glyn Davis, vice-chancellor, University of Melbourne.
We can't fulfil Malcolm Turnbull's ambition for an innovative nation without understanding why researchers are struggling to engage with industry.
Computer… or black box for data?
Virtually every researcher relies on computers to collect or analyze data. But when computers are opaque black boxes that manipulate data, it's impossible to replicate studies – a core value for science.
Understanding the pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis has won a South African molecular biologist international recognition.
Funding for South African higher education is inadequate considering past inequalities. Even more alarming is the fact that plans for research development and innovation in science remain elusive.
The apparent seesaw in health journalism causes science fatigue in the public mind.
The media constantly bombards us with the latest research on a plethora of topics without much nuance on its quality or relevance. So how can we trust science if it can't seem to make up its own mind?
It’s one thing for a country’s academics to produce great research – but what’s the point if ordinary citizens can’t access it?
South Africans' access to important knowledge and research is incredibly limited. In this time of Open Access, why is this the case – and will it ever change?
The compact fluorescent lamp was primarily developed by private companies such as General Electric, Philips and Osram rather than in publicly funded research institutions.
Research institutions don't have a monopoly on innovation. In fact, most innovation comes out of business, and it's this sector that needs more attention in innovation policy.
Island universities are unavoidably at one with the elements. This offers rich opportunities for studying these elements - like the oceans.
Small island universities can add to the sum total of African knowledge in a number of ways.
Neutrinos, we’re looking for you! Japan’s Super-Kamiokande detector.
Kamioka Observatory, ICRR (Institute for Cosmic Ray Research), The University of Tokyo
The Nobel Prize-winning research on neutrinos is expected to push the boundaries of science and technology.
Ads that appear in broadsheet newspapers continue to have more appeal than their annoying, online counterparts.
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Many readers can't tell the difference between native ads and editorial content. So will a web publisher's credibility take a hit if it 'goes native' with its ad strategy?
Africa needs women scientists and researchers like the Ivory Coast’s Dr Celine Nobah, pictured here at work. What can be done to develop female researchers?
Policies at universities and in research institutions can be changed in small and significant ways to boost the space for gender equity within the sciences.
University of Cape Town scientists work in the Drug Discovery and Development Centre. More needs to be done to keep Africa’s scientists on home ground.
If the continent is to grasp the science and technology revolution, then governments should take the lead in both policy formulation and implementation.
Do we need to know that things are certain, or is a little uncertainty still okay?
The more knowledge we gather in our search for answers to the unknown, the more uncertainty we uncover. But that's not a bad thing.
The more academics fear being involved in media storms, the less they feel free to explore topics they consider important.
Public engagement of academics has increased enormously in recent decades. But this new level of engagement is producing problems and conflicts for which many academics are ill-prepared.
Questions are being asked whether the new funding formula will affect output in science journals.
The future is not bleak as long as the government recognises the importance of and continues investing in science.
Electronic band STS9 is known for having intoxicating light shows accompany their live performances.
Why do certain songs and colors make us feel a certain way?
Women should have access to high-level policy positions so that their input and voices are heard.
Despite ongoing efforts, achieving gender equality struggles because it is ignored or compartmentalised rather than interwoven throughout.