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.
Metropolis: imagining the cities of the future.
A new form of research is needed to bring us the cities of the future.
There’s a long road to parity for women in science in southern Africa.
Initiatives to attract and retain women in science must overcome chauvinism and other obstacles to succeed.
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Research systems with an international approach will be best-placed to win the most accolades.
HIV-infected H9 T cell captured by a scanning electron micrograph.
HIV therapy that enables patients with the virus to live a healthy life is a great success for modern medicine. But what are the challenges to coming up with a complete cure?
Going for gold.
There are no UK universities in the top ten list of institutions that have won the most Nobel Prizes since 2000.
Academics need to work together to solve the world’s big problems.
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We need to know what 'good' interdisciplinary research looks like.
Research has to be assessed for quality.
A report out of the UK would have the quality assessors of research abolished because it takes time away from students. However the real reason seems to be an attempt to minimise government spending on research.
Gagging clauses in contracts permit purchasers of research to modify, substantially delay, or prohibit the reporting of findings.
Government departments often commission research to help them understand and respond to policy issues. But they impose contract conditions that threaten to undermine the integrity of the work.
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We are engaged in one of the great struggles of human knowledge – to liberate clinical trial data.
Sensationalized shark attacks skew the facts.
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Millions tune in to Shark Week each year, but many walk away with the wrong impressions.
Connecting researchers to industry and investment is a great idea.
If we want to boost innovation in this country, we should emulate a scheme that has proven highly successful in the United States.
Taking a closer look at the details.
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After we were stung, we realised just how much of a threat misconduct and cherry picked data is to health.
Scientists have struggled to work together to provide solutions for societal challenges such as energy and climate change.
There is a long road to travel before South Africa's scientists live up to the grand expectations to encourage solutions to the country's problems and boost the economy.
Universities will need to make some significant adjustments to meet the government’s targets in boosting the commercialisation of research.
The government has proposed changes to how Australia's publicly funded research agencies are supported and how their performance is managed to boost the commercialisation of research.
Studies that deliberately exclude older adults from their samples render older adults' sexuality invisible.
The Australian Study of Health and Relationships (ASHR), the latest findings of which were released recently, has much to commend it. Like its counterpart, the British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes…
I’ll have a clean cage with a side of fertility issues.
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Mice possess a notable talent: they are excellent at making more mice. Their ability to reproduce at a breakneck pace is one reason they are often used as experimental research subjects. Thus, when Dr…