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The Detrimental Effect of Brain-Drain on the Scientific Community

A highly educated and highly skilled workforce is a valuable resource for any country. Having top-level professionals in several key fields – be they engineers, medical doctors, physicists or programmers – is as important to a country’s development as its [...]

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Things Every Young Scientist Should Know About Industrial Science

Pretty much every industry has some glaring problems that have yet to be addressed – change comes slowly, but it does come and we strive to improve. However, with the scientific industry some of the problems are not that obvious [...]

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Saving Australia’s Dodo

The legendary Dodo bird was lost to the world in the 1600′s, when it was hunted to extinction on the island of Mauritius, but few Australians would realise that a flightless island bird here has narrowly avoided the same fate [...]

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Australia’s consumption of natural resources – a report

By Heinz Schandl, Senior Science Leader and Thomas Wiedmann, Associate Professor at University of New South Wales For some time Australians have been considered among the biggest consumers of natural resources in the world. According to previous studies, we each get through 70 tonnes of materials [...]

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The Most Useful Science Student Books for AU Universities

Student life can be a bit of a struggle – you are at your prime, young and energetic, and you need to balance studying, fun and work, all the while trying to make ends meet on an often limited budget. [...]

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Carbon emissions trading schemes – do they work?

Kevin Rudd’s plan to scrap the carbon tax in the name of an emissions trading scheme has spurred debates over which carbon reduction system is better. I use the term ‘better,’ as discussions seem to be focusing on costs to [...]

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Life of an epidemic: Australian dengue

It is always a bad sign when crowds gather. On the morning of Wednesday March 21 in the year 1900, a crowd began to gather in Sydney. A thousand people had gathered outside the offices of the Board of Health [...]

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Are Australians Really Getting Dumber?

The Australian Academy of Science has found that when it comes to science Australians are getting dumber in its latest report on science literacy. Compared to three years ago, less people in Australia know that the Earth’s orbit of the [...]

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Australia’s evolving drug landscape

This year we saw Australia put into force a new patent law. An intellectual property system that was Australia’s most comprehensive in over two decades. It came into effect on 15 April 2013 and no one knew exactly what to [...]

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Australia extends its expertise in water resource management to Asia

Scientists from Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, are applying their knowledge in transboundary river basin management to improve the livelihoods of people living in some of the poorest parts of Asia. CSIRO and its partners have begun work in the [...]

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Astronomers Spy on Galaxies in the Raw

A CSIRO radio telescope has detected the raw material for making the first stars in galaxies that formed when the Universe was just three billion years old — less than a quarter of its current age. This opens the way [...]

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Printing Australia’s largest flexible solar cells

Scientists have produced the largest flexible, plastic solar cells in Australia – 10 times the size of what they were previously able to – thanks to a new solar cell printer that has been installed at CSIRO. The printer has [...]

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Open Access in Australia: An Outsider’s Account

I am doing advocacy on Open Access in India and following the activities related to Open Access around the world online. After writing a blog post on ‘Open Access India’, I thought of writing a series of country specific Open Access [...]

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Celebrating Global Star Wars Day by unveiling the next generation of robotics research

As science-fiction fans around the world gear up to celebrate some of the most popular robots ever created on global Star Wars Day (otherwise known as May-the-fourth-be-with-you Day), last week CSIRO has released details about its latest crop of robots [...]

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