Category Archives: Research funding

Why Don’t Politicians Love Science?

Recently I was set a challenge by a leading scientist/science administrator. What could be done, he asked, to make politicians more enthusiastic about science. He said there were lots of programs to generate awareness and support for science amongst the … Continue reading

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A Different Sort of Hope

Towards the end of last year I wrote on why, despite all the bad news on global warming, I still have hope. With the US election tomorrow, I thought I would tackle the question from a different angle. I’ll admit … Continue reading

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The South Watch

Yesterday an asteroid shot past the Earth at a distance of 5.4million km, about 14 times as far away as the Moon. Such events are pretty common, but what makes this 2012 LZ1 stand out is that the object involved … Continue reading

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A Win For the South

The announcement that the SKA will be split between Australia/New Zealand and South Africa seems too good to be true. Ever since the field was narrowed to the two finalists I have felt conflicted about the decision. Winning the SKA … Continue reading

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Good News On The Synchrotron

I wrote about the threat to the Australian Synchrotron almost a year ago. They’ve cut it rather tight with the timing, but the Commonwealth and Victorian governments have come up with an arrangement, with the feds putting in $69 million … Continue reading

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Stating the Bleeding Obvious

Clean Coal won’t work. Not because it can’t, but because the economics simply do not stack up. Saying I told you so would not simply be irritating, it would be innaccurate, because lots and lots of people have said so. … Continue reading

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Inverter Update

A little while ago I posted on the need for cheap inverters if photovoltaics are to really come of age. Looking at the latest solarbuzz update we see just how important that is becoming. Retail panel prices dropped 6% in … Continue reading

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