South Africa needs some universities that focus on teaching, and others that concentrate on research.
South Africa must examine how science funding is allocated to universities. It also needs to acknowledge that not all universities should be focusing on research and development.
There’s growing pressure for academics to get outside their comfort zones and to share their research with the broader public.
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Academics are getting out of touch with the rest of society. This helps explains the sorry state of our public discourse on science.
Getting up close and personal with science has huge benefits – for the scientist, too.
There is mounting evidence to show scientists and researchers why public engagement is worth their while.
Ledecky celebrates her new world record at the 2016 Olympic games.
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Have we reached peak human?
New, eco-friendly ways of recycling tyres are needed.
Used tyres pose a serious environmental challenge. So far, traditional recycling methods have proved insufficient to solve the problem. New, eco-friendy alternatives are now being explored.
Science graduates struggle to find jobs straight after graduation.
Confusing short-term jobs with long-term career outcomes is a distraction from the real issues in science higher education.
Too busy to work out? Not anymore.
Why less is more when it comes to exercise.
Science communication puts research under the microscope.
Science communication has grown in leaps and bounds over the past 60 years. It plays a crucial role in democratising science and making it less mysterious.
Sampling is a powerful scientific tool - when it’s used honestly.
Some water researchers are ignoring the evidence offered by sampling if it doesn't fit their preconceived notions. But science should always be honest and open.
The first flower grown on the International Space Station.
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Angelica Kauffmann, Self-portrait Hesitating between the Arts of Music and Painting, 1791.
Finding the art in science and investigating the science of art used to be common practise. At the turn of the 19th century the boundaries between academic disciplines hardened, but now new fields like neuroaesthetics are breaking down barriers.
An EU-wide network of funding and researchers delivers around £1bn a year of support to UK science.
Kim Carr (left) and Christopher Pyne (right) debating on innovation at the National Press Club.
Pyne talked more about changing taxes and incentives to stimulate growth and industry, whereas Carr had clear plans for government investment.
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Science explains how people are changing our natural systems, but we need to recognize the importance – and power – of emotions and the spiritual world in charting a course to the future.
The climate is startlingly complex, as is the immune system.
Diverse threads of the vast interrogation of nature we call science are coming together in a rich and mutually informative intellectual tapestry.
Does it have a formula?
Scientists and engineers can help students to get more out of studying STEM subjects.
Spending time with scientists and engineers and going to laboratories increases students' interest in STEM subjects.
In future, we'll all need to be a little more like Leonardo da Vinci.
In scientific research, repetition is good.
Scientists build on knowledge gained and published by others. How can we know which findings to trust?
There have been squabbles of course, but the science project in Geneva is an example of putting differences aside to pursue common goals.