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The Abbott government seems to have an aversion to informed criticism and self reflection. It seems to be run as a separate and autonomous corporation bearing the hallmarks of many religious institutions with its high priests, dogma and secrecy.
by Kellie Tranter - 7/04/2015 - 9 comments
Companies are working on driverless cars, fulfilling the forecasts that they will soon be a reality on the roads.
by Darrell Delamaide - 30/03/2015 - 11 comments
'People don't want science, they want certainty,' according to Bertrand Russell
by Max Thomas - 24/03/2015 - 9 comments
. . . in which the author takes issue with some criticisms of the Bureau's forecasting of Tropical Cyclone Marcia, not perfect but better than painted.
by Chas Keys - 19/03/2015 - 7 comments
Around the word ‘science’, people called ‘scientists’ have practised what in sociology is called ‘closure’: science has become a form of territory, and strangers are warned off.
by Don Aitkin - 13/03/2015 - 45 comments
Batteries won't solve the problems of intermittent forms of energy because there is not enough surplus energy left over after construction of the generators and the storage system to power our present civilization.
by John Morgan - 10/03/2015 - 76 comments
What comes out of it, to me, is that real loss that science and research are suffering as a consequence of forgetting that science is about scepticism, not consensus.
by Don Aitkin - 10/03/2015 - 19 comments
Cyclone Marica was not a category 5 cyclone and the Bureau of Meteorology needs to be investigated for the distress it caused millions of Queenslanders.
by Jennifer Marohasy - 23/02/2015 - 41 comments
Although agricultural R&D spending and human resource capacity has grown considerably in the region since 2000, it was concentrated in only a few African countries.
by Nienke Beintema and Gert-Jan Stads - 8/12/2014
If Australia can find a way to successfully embrace these seven critical reforms, then it may be lucky enough to save its agricultural future before technological obsolescence snuffs it out.
by Asher Judah - 1/12/2014 - 15 comments
Even Asimov, arguably the best popular writer on science ever, incredibly prolific (he seems to have written around 500 books), and genuinely knowledgeable, did not predict the changes in human society.
by Don Aitkin - 1/12/2014 - 11 comments
It is starting to sink in that the world's heavy reliance on fossil fuels will only end once the alternatives become a lot cheaper and that this requires a much bigger research and development effort.
by David McMullen - 12/11/2014 - 50 comments


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