Don’t just look where the streetlight shines.
Big data studies often use easily available user-generated data from the Internet. Researchers assume that this data offers a window into reality. It doesn't necessarily.
Rats are commonly used in animal testing.
Why are animals still being used in drug development and what are the alternatives that could end their use altogether?
What should government and students contribute towards university degrees?
Increasing the amount that students pay towards their degree is likely to be on the cards of higher education in this year's election.
CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall has announced a new climate research centre.
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The CSIRO will create a new climate research centre in Hobart with 40 climate scientists.
In scientific research, repetition is good.
Scientists build on knowledge gained and published by others. How can we know which findings to trust?
Facing the perils: a drone is released to monitor an active volcano in Indonesia.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can keep remote sensors alive and deal with dangerous scenarios.
The steering committee of Indonesia Science Funds (ISF) at the launch of the multi-year research funding organisation.
Indonesia Science Fund (Dana Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia)
Indonesia finally has a multi-year funding scheme to finance long-term world-class scientific research.
Who’s in charge once your biological material is out of your body?
Next-generation genomic research depends on study participants sharing their biological materials with scientists. But concerns over how that information is protected may hold some people back.
Offering more scholarships could help boost Indigenous PhD completion rates.
Reforming Australia’s research training system and providing more funding support could help increase PhD completion rates for Indigenous students.
Successful group outcomes aren’t guaranteed by the simple recipe of ‘Just add diversity.’
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The relationship between social science research and advocates and policymakers is undermined if they cherry-pick evidence that supports their goals, ignoring the wider field.
University-industry collaboration should be a vital policy goal for Australia, says Barney Glover.
We need to think about education as an essential government responsibility requiring high levels of sustained investment over the long term, says Barney Glover.
Don’t be lured into collaboration just because it’s what everyone else seems to be doing.
Between 50-75% of all collaborations fail. Here are some tips on how to set up a successful collaboration between academia and industry.
Attempts to explain opera’s affective power have a long history.
Photo: Keith Saunders. (L-R) Voyage to the Moon's Phoebe Briggs, Jeremy Kleeman, Emma Matthews, Sally-Anne Russell.
It seems obvious to say that opera "moves" people. But the question of "how" it moves people is far less straightforward. Cue a new research project pegged to Voyage to the Moon.
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.