The Conversation Tanya Monro 16 April 2015
This week saw the welcome news that the federal government has committed to pursuing a national science strategy.
Following a meeting on Monday with the Commonwealth Science Council, of which I am a member, the Minister for Industry and Science, Ian Macfarlane, has indicated he will consult with the science sector to agree on a number of research priorities that will help direct funding.
This is good news not only for scientists and research institutions, but also for the nation as a whole, and especially for the interaction between science and industry.
Australia has some amazing strengths in science. The Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report shows us that our research in physics, astronomy, agriculture – to pick a few – is at the forefront of world activities in terms of citations and academic impact. Our best research is indeed internationally leading.
Sydney Morning Herald | April 15, 2015
Scientist Karl Kruszelnicki regrets fronting government ads promoting a controversial new report savaged for its lack of focus on climate change.
Dr Kruszelnicki, who has been appearing in TV ads promoting the Abbott government’s Intergenerational Report, now says it is a flawed document and has questioned its independence.
He says there’s little on climate change in the report, which is supposed to be a 40-year outlook on Australian society and the economy. Continue reading…
News.com.au | April 1, 2015
NINE of the most common infectious diseases are now resistant to antibiotic treatment, according to a report from the World Health Organisation.
Unless more is done to clamp down on the overuse of antibiotics, medical treatment could be dragged back seventy years to the era before their discovery, when common infections could kill. Continue reading…
The Sydney Morning Herald | Business Day | April1, 2015 | Gareth Hutchens
It’s a shame that scientists have to stoop so low.
Australia’s well-regarded Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, released a report last week that was soaked in good intentions.
It was called “The Importance of Advanced Physical and Mathematical Sciences to the Australian Economy”, and it estimated how much Australia’s economy has benefited from the past two decades of scientific research. Continue reading…
BBC News 31 March 2014
A 1,000-year-old treatment for eye infections could hold the key to killing antibiotic-resistant superbugs, experts have said. They were “astonished” to find it almost completely wiped out staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as MRSA. Their findings will be presented at a national microbiology conference.