Without research on primates, we wouldn't be able to understand the human brain – or repair it.
Trials into the effectiveness of drugs and treatments struggle to recruit enough participants, yet we rely on their results anyway.
Research looking at evidence-based teaching in higher education tends to be based more on anecdotes than on large, robust and peer-reviewed data.
A new clause being embedded in a number of university contracts attempts to restrict academics from speaking freely in public debate about issues that are outside their area of research.
The REF has turned academic research from a vocation to pursue knowledge and scholarship, to a game of 'hits' in top journals.
People have always known science would advance faster with various incentives and rewards. As modern experimental science took off, these took the form of gifts and favors to and from wealthy elites.
Money can corrupt. But that doesn't mean all types of funding – or intentions – are the same.
Random clown sightings are on the rise nationwide, and no one's laughing. A psychologist who has studied creepiness explains why clowns are especially adept at making us squirm.
There is no such thing as ‘free higher education’. Someone has to pay. And the reality is that low, or no tuition fees benefit middle and high-income families.
We shouldn't scoff at the Facebook founder's goal of eradicating disease.
Bad Pharma author Ben Goldacre about how bad research hurts us all.
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Darren Saunders speaks with Bad Pharma author Ben Goldacre about bad medical research reporting, and how greater transparency in research practices could improve public trust in science and medicine.
Many young South Africans struggle to get a job due to the high levels of unemployment. But access to information, which is influenced by race and class, increases the chances of getting employed.
We don't know what knowledge we'll need in the future, and that's where maths research comes in.
The decision to refuse the ARC and academic researchers a right of reply appears to be a straightforward breach of the News Corp Australia code of conduct.
Flexible work is on the rise but research shows it often leads to people working longer hours than they would otherwise.
A few programs are leading the way to help support researchers in achieving impact.
Brexit has put scholarly endeavour in Britain under a huge new strain.
Brexit, and proposed changes to the way research is assessed, are making Britain uncompetitive in the global race for academic talent.
Are you moody? Prone to distraction? Cellphones may act as a high-tech pacifier.
Recommendations in a new report aim to stamp out game-playing when it comes to the Research Excellence Framework.