In the late 19th century, three brothers from New Hampshire drew uniforms for the military troops of their imaginary world.
One historian is plumbing the oft-discarded works of kids – from shipwreck tales to diary entries – to augment our understanding of U.S. history.
Bill Gates pioneered the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, an initiative by 28 billionaires to push for more funding for clean energy.
In the age of austerity, governments have limited resources to invest in new areas of research – like clean energy – that have multiple risks. Billionaires like Bill Gates can help plug the gap.
Manufacturing’s shrinking place in Australia’s economy has cleared space for growth and innovation in new industries.
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In the lead up to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s much anticipated innovation statement, Anthony Arundel highlights the need for the business sector to widen its perspective on innovation.
Too many academic careers are shaped around writing journal articles nobody reads and planning twice-weekly lectures to a diminishing class of students.
Prime Minister Turnbull has signalled a desire to move away from a 'publish or perish' academic culture toward one that prioritises public impact and engagement. It's a challenge scholars should embrace.
The iPhone is a good example of an entire industry built on the back of publicly funded research outcomes. The ‘iPhone fish’ is designed to teach people healthy eating through portion size control.
Publicly-funded research should contribute to society in some way. But we need to think carefully about how we create a system that allows us to measure the impact of research.
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.