Science in society

An amateur astronomer at a star party in Herefordshire.

The return of citizen science

Monday, 9 December 2013

The internet provides the means for the keen amateur to once again contribute to scientific inquiry, writes Darren Baguley

Can physics protect us from Big Brother’s snooping?

Monday, 25 November 2013

Nobel Prize-winner Brian Schmidt and director of Beyond Institute Paul Davies say quantum computing holds the key to rolling back the surveillance culture.

A U.N. chemical weapons expert inspects one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Damascus' suburb of Zamalka

Scientists in the search for sarin

Monday, 21 October 2013

When the world weighs up whether to go to war, a lot rides on the accuracy of tests for chemical weapons.


Shakespeare and the stars

Monday, 14 October 2013

The bard was born in the same year as Galileo and witnessed a cosmic revolution. Some say it is there in his plays if you know how to look.

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How to keep science honest

Monday, 2 September 2013

An apparent breakthrough in embryonic stem cell research has raised all the old ethical questions about cloning, along with three new ones


‘English Pompeii’ a fragment of past frozen in time

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Relics from the Mary Rose – flagship of England’s navy when it sank in 1545 – have finally been reunited with the famous wreck in a new museum offering a view of life in Tudor times.

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Federal budget a “missed opportunity” for Australian science

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

The Australian Academy of Science has criticised the government’s handling of research investment in the 2013 federal budget, lamenting the inability of Australian scientists to collaborate internationally due to a lack of specific funding.

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Only one viable future

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

There is an amazing, almost magical efficiency to electricity when it is applied to real-world tasks – and it can meet the energy demands of the future without sacrificing standards of living and innovation.

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Clunies Ross Awards celebrate Aussie innovators

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Australian visionaries who between them contributed to the broadband network, tuberculosis eradication and military radar communication, were recognised last night at the Clunies Ross Awards.

Selman Waksman (right) deprived student Albert Schatz (left) of credit for streptomycin.

In conversation with Peter Pringle

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

COSMOS chats to journalist Peter Pringle about a famous scientific rip-off that followed the discovery of a cure for tuberculosis.


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