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  • Otto Rohwedder and the greatest thing

    The man that made the thing that made it possible to say the thing.

    How does one describe greatness and its many orders of magnitude? We can say something is simply great, or add a defi...

    Automation August 15, 2021
  • Australians still believe in science

    3M State of Science Index shows Aussies have deep trust in science and scientists

    Australians firmly  trust science and scientists, believe that science strengthens the country, and want more investm...

    Australia August 12, 2021
  • Profile

    Vale Roger Short, 1930–2021

    Vet, zoologist, and reproductive biologist Roger Short was a success in many fields, but it was h...

    Daniel Stefanski was a third-year medical student in 1994 when he attended a lecture that changed his life. The lectu...

    Australia August 10, 2021
  • Curb your assumptions about COVID noncompliance

    A just-published study aimed to capture the nuance and complexity of why people don’t comply – or...

    Last week, as COVID-19 case numbers continued to rise in Sydney despite weeks of tight restrictions, a group of psych...

    Body and Mind August 6, 2021
  • Super spikes: the next shoe advantage?

    Another controversy about technology giving an unfair advantage at the Olympics? Nike just do it.

    Rai Benjamin of the US may have won the silver medal for Men’s 400-metre hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics this week, but...

    Materials August 5, 2021
  • The city of the future

    The planet is in crisis. Sustainable cities must be the answer – and engineers can build them.

    What is the most pressing need in our society today? I put to you two big challenges. Firstly, we need to act with sp...

    Core Sciences July 9, 2021
  • Pam Melroy named as NASA’s first woman Deputy Administrator

    Australian Space Agency pioneer installed as second in charge at the space agency.

    She’s spent about 40 days in space, and covered millions of miles. She helped kickstart the Australian Space Agency, ...

    News July 8, 2021
  • Does nature have rights?

    Ahead of World Environment Day this Saturday, we explore the legal  ‘rights of nature’.

    This article was first published on 3 June, 2021.In April this year, the Blue Mountains City Council, west of Syd...

    Earth July 7, 2021
  • Linear equation: Barry Jones charts a different path for urban growth

    Surprise! Former science minister Barry Jones has some novel ideas for spending the federal gover...

    Surprise! Former science minister Barry Jones has some novel ideas for spending the federal government’s $15 billion ...

    Features July 2, 2021
  • We (really) need to talk about reopening…

    Are our leaders looking at the scientific evidence or the ballot box?

    Australia has been one of the world’s COVID-19 success stories, with a total of just over 30,000 cases and 910 deaths...

    Australia July 2, 2021
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    Who were the Anglo Saxons? Debate has long raged over the ancestry of Anglo-Saxons in Great Britain – did they re...

    News June 28, 2021
  • Linear equation: Barry Jones charts a different path for urban growth

    Surprise! Former science minister Barry Jones has some novel ideas for spending the federal gover...

    Barry Jones believes any serious infrastructure spending in Australia has to begin with changing the way we think. “C...

    People June 25, 2021
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