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Who needs a science minister?

Australia’s new Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has announced his maiden cabinet line-up which has drawn flack on many fronts including for its lack of a science minister. Abbott said yesterday that the science portfolio will be shared between the Industry and Education ministeries, the first time there hasn’t been a science portfolio since the creation of […]

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Budget 2013: What's in it for science?

Budget 2013 saw a net increase of around $50 million in science and innovation funding, according to Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce who tweeted the factoid in response to Sciblogger Siouxsie Wiles. $130 million of funding has been committed to boosting R&D efforts in companies and start-ups, $107m of which will come from the […]

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Hatchet job on GM pine trees

Police are investigating a break in at a radiata pine field trial facility in Rotorua after hundreds of genetically-modified year-old trees were slashed and uprooted over Easter. The intruders were clever – they not only cut through perimeter fences but tunneled under a monitored security fence to get to the trees, which were planted about […]

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Tracking a photo's digital DNA

The Government is set to introduce technology aimed at combatting the trade in child sex abuse images by identifying images and therefore their spread via the internet through their digital DNA. The Department of Internal Affairs’ Censorship Compliance Unit will deploy Microsoft’s PhotoDNA technology.  Micrsoft has a digital crimes unit and in recent years has […]

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