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Scientists can be victims of sexual abuse from their peers just as in any institution. Credit: Minerva Studio

By Margaret C. Hardy, The University of Queensland

The life sciences have come under fire recently with a study published in PLOS ONE that investigated the level of sexual harassment and sexual assault of trainees in academic fieldwork environments.


Different kind of chocolate factory. Credit: Cklaighe/Conversation composite

By Jordan Gaines Lewis, Penn State College of Medicine


Sewage would be useful if it wasn't mixed in together.Credit: EPA

By Jonathan Bridge, University of Liverpool

The critical links between water, sanitation, and our global consumption of energy – the “energy-water nexus” are more obvious than ever before. But how many of us will take direct action at the most basic level of all?


A gene patent means only the patent-holder has the right to undertake research and development involving that gene.Credit: Shutterstock

By Rodney Scott, University of Newcastle

The Federal Court’s decision that gene patenting is permitted in Australia will have ramifications for all gene patents, even though the case involved only one gene associated with breast cancer.

A gene patent means only the patent-holder has the right to undertake research and development involving that gene. These patents generally last for 20 years.


Finland is the country to beat. Kimmo Brandt/EPA

By Daniel Muijs, University of Southampton

There has been a recent explosion of interest in the effectiveness of education systems around the world, largely driven by international studies that compare the performance of large samples of students from a wide range of countries.