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Science and technology have helped us picture that we all live together on a single world. NASA / Bill Anders

Step up for science at the crossroads for humanity

Our world faces enormous challenges that will only be solved by more science not less but scientists can't do it alone.
If we want to stop kicking the innovation football back and forth – we need to move industry policy to a more prominent place in the political agenda. www.shutterstock.com

Let’s stop kicking the innovation football around

The federal government spends over A$10 billion plus a year on industry policies but we have little idea how effective they have been. Programs are regularly dropped before we even know if they work. Think…
Photos of some of the 43 Mexican college students who disappeared in 2014 and are feared to have been massacred by gang members and police. Screen depictions of Mexico’s drug trade mostly ignore their human cost. Jorge Lopez/Reuters

Why glamorising narco culture, on screen and in Sydney’s pop-up shop, is wrong

Los Pollos Hermanos is a chicken shop run by a drug lord in the TV series Better Call Saul. A pop-up version opens in Sydney today - and both ignore the savage reality of Mexico's drug wars.
WeChat has transformed from a social media to a payment platform (among other things) and had success in China. Could Australia be next? Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Apple Pay may have won the battle but it may not win the war

While Apple Pay may have won the battle against some of Australia’s banks, it may lose the war against the providers of digital wallets, such as Tencent and Alibaba.
The Stargazing Live promotional banner aims to get Australians looking up. After they’ve watched the show of course. ABC

Outreach - why reach out?

Making science a ratings grab is a key part of reversing its declines in society and schools.
Nicolás Maduro was elected President in 2013 after the death of Hugo Chavez. Nicolás Maduro was elected President in 2013 after the death of Hugo Chavez

Venezuela

Venezuela’s major crises will continue in 2017. These include ongoing economic instability, over-reliance on the price of oil, shortages of food and electricity and increasing inequality. At the core is…
Many Brazilian politicians were involved in corruption scandals, leading to mass protests. AAP/Cris Faga

Brazil

Brazil is the ninth largest economy in the world, yet its real potential has never been realised. Having had a strong period of economic growth from 2003 to shortly after the global financial crisis, the…
Galaxy cluster MACS 0416 bends light around it due to huge amounts of dark matter, indicated in cyan, acting as a magnifying lens for any background objects in the magenta regions. STScI/NASA/CATS Team/R. Livermore (UT Austin)

Baby galaxies light up the universe

Ingenious use of a naturally occurring cosmic magnifying glass suggests baby galaxies are a leading culprit for bringing light to our Universe's darkest moment.
An artist’s impression of a Sun-like star close to a rapidly spinning supermassive black hole, with a mass of about 100 million times the mass of our Sun. ESA/Hubble, ESO, M. Kornmesser

Black holes are even stranger than you can imagine

The discovery of a new black hole adds to our understanding of these celestial objects that fascinate in both fact and fiction.

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