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Energy storage can make facilities like this solar farm in Oxford, Maine, more profitable by letting them store power for cloudy days. AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

These 3 energy storage technologies can help solve the challenge of moving to 100% renewable electricity

The US is generating more electricity than ever from wind and solar power – but often it’s not needed at the time it’s produced. Advanced energy storage technologies make that power available 24/7.
A single brilliant insight is only part of the story of how diabetes became a manageable disease. Douglas Grundy/Three Lions via Getty Images

Insulin was discovered 100 years ago – but it took a lot more than one scientific breakthrough to get a diabetes treatment to patients

A biomedical engineer explains the basic research that led to the discovery of insulin and its transformation into a lifesaving treatment for millions of people with diabetes.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari shows his COVID-19 certificate after receiving his first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in March 2021. Photo by Kola Sulaimon / AFP via Getty Images

Nigerian academics weigh in on the faults and frustrations of managing COVID-19

Experts assess Nigeria’s response to COVID-19 so far and express worry that the country does not appear to have learnt much; it isn’t prepared for the next pandemic.
An engineer demonstrates a car phone five months before the historic first call on a competing company’s commercial mobile telephone service in 1946. Bettmann via Getty Images

The first mobile phone call was 75 years ago – what it takes for technologies to go from breakthrough to big time

The ubiquity of mobile phones is a defining feature of the 21st century, but it’s been possible to place a phone call on the go since shortly after World War II.
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African countries must muscle up their support and fill massive R&D gap

Scientific knowledge is a critical driver for human health and wellbeing, economic development and environmental sustainability.
The federal government wants more university research to lead to businesses like the $1 billion-a-year Cochlear company. David Crosling/AAP

Our unis are far behind the world’s best at commercialising research. Here are 3 ways to catch up

The federal government is right to focus on improving Australian universities’ success rate in commercialising research, but can specific steps itself to help achieve this.
Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge is calling for ‘new ideas on how we can increase collaboration between business and universities’. Dean Lewins/AAP

How to get the most out of research when universities and industry team up

Government incentives might boost the numbers of collaborative research projects, but academics also must work on their relationships with industry practitioners to ensure everyone contributes fully.
Scientists around Africa are working at the cutting edge of research and their work is relevant beyond the continent. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images

Quality research in Africa matters more than ever – for the whole world

Thanks to major science infrastructure, human resource training and education investment in African nations, the continent is well placed to lead from the front.

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