News & Views Index



Science's Take on Education and the White House.    30/10/12

    [A]second Obama administration will likely continue its push to beef up federal STEM education efforts. Romney, on the other hand, would probably be content to see local authorities take the initiative. [More]


Tree of Life Branches Out Online.     28/10/12  [More]


Europe Cannot Afford to Lose Its Best Scientists Say 42 Nobel Laureates and 5 Fields Medallists.    27/10/12

    Is it any less true for Australia? [More


Garth Paltridge Asks: Has the CSIRO Lost Its Way?    27/10/12

    [CSIRO chiefs have become] cogs in a machine, with much less ability to influence the scientific direction of their divisions. [More]


Diminishing Funding for US Public Research Universities -- Its Australian Relevence?    26/10/12

     Reductions in revenue of public research universities... have the potential to lead to an outflow of talent... [More]


Nature and the Occupancy of the White House.    26/10/12

     In support for science and environmental issues, Barack Obama... [has] a clear advantage over Mitt Romney... [More]


US President's Bioethics Commission Addresses Whole Genome Sequencing.    23/10/12

    To "help craft policies that are flexible enough to ensure progress and responsive enough to protect privacy." [More]


Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook Cuts a Half-Billion from University Research.    22/10/12

    And why? Because of Labor's being spooked by the Opposition's mantra that they can't put the federal budget back into (apparent?) surplus for the coming financial year... [More]


68 US Nobel Laureates Endorse Barack Obama for a 2nd Term as President.    19/10/12 [More]


What Has Made This Nobel Prize Possible? What Is Your Research Useful For? What Would You Say to Decision-Makers?   18/10/12 [More]


Chief Scientist Addresses Australia-EU JSTCC Meeting, Brussels.    18/10/12

    The meetings of the Australia-European Union (EU) Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee (JSTCC) are the principal mechanism for setting bilateral Australia-EU research collaboration priorities... [More


World Bank President Considers Climate Change a Top Priority.    17/10/12

    ...even in the last 6 months to a year, the data has become ever more frightening. [More]


The 2012 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences is Announced.    16/10/12

    for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design. [More


Oxford’s Google Books Project Goes Officially Online from the Bodleian.    15/10/12

    So if you'd like to look at the first English translation of Newton's Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy [More]


23 Genius Grantees Named.    13/10/12

     The 23 winners of this years MacArthur Fellowships have been announced. [More]


ARC Head Aidan Byrne Working Toward Open Access.    12/10/12

    I’ve brought this up with the minister in my conversations with him. … I think he’s supportive. [More


The 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature is Announced.    12/10/12

    With hallucinatory realism [he] merges folk tales, history and the contemporary. [More]


The 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is Announced.    11/10/12

    for studies of G-protein-coupled receptors. [More]


The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics is Announced.    10/10/12

    For ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems. [More


The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is Announced.    09/10/12

    For the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent. [More]


He Seeks Him Here He Seeks Him There the Chief Scientist Seeks Him Everywhere.    08/10/12

    Vladimir and Estragon without hesitation said the choice was obvious, would probably do the job at a salary of $1 per annum and is without peer... [More]


Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) Commissioned.    06/10/12

    Data collection is expected to begin by Christmas with possible publication of initial data analysis toward the end of 2013. [More


Barack Obama and Mitt Romney On 14 Issues Involving Scientific Assessment.    05/10/12

    14 questions for the US presidential candidates which should involve the use of scientific data when determining governmental policy. [More


The Times Higher Education Rankings for 2012/13 Have Been Released.    04/10/12 [More]


Draft Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia Lists 21 Recommendations.    04/10/12

    How much the review will be overshadowed by the government's driving preoccupation with delivering a budget surplus this coming financial year remains to be seen. [More


Head of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Has Her Say.    03/10/12

    Her list of achievements includes: "re-establish[ing] the chief-scientist position at NOAA and empower[ing] scientists to participate actively in defining their research agenda." [More]


Oxbridge Release Figures on Proportions of State School vs Independent School Entrants.    01/10/12

    This year's data show an increase of just over 5% derived from state schools over last year's. [More]