Research by James Cook University was rapidly translated into policy that is helping to preserve Queensland’s regions against the effects of climate change.
It's rare for research to have an immediate impact on policy, but lessons learnt from a successful venture in Queensland can show how it can be done.
Surfaces like this are able to be described thanks to the work of Nash.
John Nash is best known for his contributions to game theory, but he will also be remembered for his pioneering work in geometry.
Australia has a long history of first class science.
Willem van Aken/CSIRO
Australian scientists are listened to by government and business, but must do more to ensure their advice and work contributes to a stronger future for Australia.
Nobel Prize winner John Nash in 2007.
The award-winning mathematician gave his name to a concept in game theory that has many applications, from economics to the survival of meerkat colonies.
Tesla’s lithium-ion powerwall isn’t the only technology available for household batteries.
Lithium-ion is currently the leading battery technology for home installation, but others are just over the horizon that might be even better.
Scientists knew the mystery signals were close by the Parkes radio telescope: but what was the source?
Astronomers used to probing the universe always knew that strange signals detected by the Parkes radio telescope were coming from somewhere closer to home. But finding the source was the tricky bit.
How long before we start designing our future athletes from scratch – before they are even born?
A breakthrough in genetic of the human embryo raises the question of whether we want to create designer babies with greater athletic abilities.
A Type Ia supernova designated SN 2014J in the galaxy M82, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.
NASA, ESA, A. Goobar (Stockholm University), and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
When we look up at the night sky, it’s easy to feel as though the stars we see have always been, and always will be, there. But just like ourselves, stars are born and die. And when they die, they sometimes…
Journalists are often expected to engage with social media.
The recent sacking of an SBS journalist for controversial statements made on social media could inspire self-censorship amongst journalists.
Television is not like it used to be, but it’s difficult to find accurate data on how it’s changing.
With free-to-air, pay TV, catch-up services and video-on-demand, television is changing in Australia, and the viewership metrics are struggling to keep up.
Academic publishers are attempting to build a walled garden around their content, blocking it off from public eyes.
A new policy by publisher Elsevier is threatening to wind back the gains made by the open access movement.
The mathematical modelling of traffic networks can throw up conflicting results.
The planning for any new road should include plenty of mathematical modelling. But getting the right numbers can be a challenge and there's the odd paradox to deal with as well.
Programs like Hour of Code introduce computer programming to students in an engaging manner.
Hour of Code 2014/Flickr
If we want students to be well prepared for the 21st century, then we should be teaching coding in school.
Now that’s inventive! Spotted at Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers.
What's behind the fall in the figures for patent applications in Australia? Is it just a lack of innovation or is something else to blame?
Should primates such as chimpanzees be given rights normally reserved for humans?
The question of furnishing non-human animals with rights normally reserves for humans is more complex than it might seem.
Anyone teaching encryption without first getting clearance from the government could soon be wearing these.
The government's Defence Trade Controls Act effectively makes teaching encryption a criminal act and considers even a simple calculator as a potential weapon.
It’s hard for a human to keep an eye all the players' performance in any game, such as this typical AFL match at the MCG in Melbourne. So let the machines do all the work.
When it comes to keeping an eye on all the action in sport a coach can only see so much. But machine learning can crunch all the data and look for improvements.
Who’ll use the equipment if funding for researchers is cut back?
The federal government's 2015 budget has done little to restore confidence in the government's support for science in Australia.
Not all scientists are motivated to engage in outreach in the same way.
Science communication and outreach can be motivated in ways other than reforming research funding bodies.
It’s a lot more than just a timepiece.
The Apple Watch represents a significant shift from handheld technology to devices that become an invisible part of our lives.
Genetic therapy might be able to reverse the harmful effects of sickle cell anaemia.
Gene therapy is allowing us to switch on natural beneficial mutations to counteract the effects of negative mutations in diseases such as sickle cell anaemia.
New thinking the way to job creation for people in the 21st century.
The more we automate jobs, the more we need to find new jobs for people, especially if the government wants us to stay in the workforce longer. That's going to take some clever thinking.
The federal government wants to stop terrorists groups recruiting Australians online.
A crackdown on terrorist groups that use the internet and social media to recruit Australians is part of the federal government's new budget.
The call for a male author on a paper was met with outrage from within the scientific community and the general public.
Sexism still exists in science, but a recent scandal shows that progress is being made.
Facilities funded under NCRIS, such as the Murchison Widefield Array, will continue to be supported under this budget.
The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and Future Fellowships schemes have won a reprieve in this year's budget.