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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.

Voyage to the moon, opera and the voyage of human emotion

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.
Bill Gates pioneered the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, an initiative by 28 billionaires to push for more funding for clean energy. EPA/Ian Langsdon

Why the rich should do more to save the world

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. Gateway Technical College/Flickr

It’s not all about government, business managers can foster innovation too

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. flickr/Sixth Lie

Shift away from ‘publish or perish’ puts the public back into publication

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. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

There is no easy way to measure the impact of university research on society

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. Students via wavebreakmedia/www.shutterstock.com

The value universities add to society

As budgets get squeezed, universities are fighting to prove their worth.
The Large Hadron Collider is playing a key role in enabling the collection of big data. Supplied

The big data challenge and how Africa can benefit

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.

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