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From student to startup: how educators and industry need to collaborate today

With that said, a mandatory mentorship program between the universities and startups would be a valuable concept to instill these “real world’ insights into the students.

Here’s how to innovate and manage R&D for a tech company on a modest...

Our R&D has allowed us to produce and maintain our competitive advantage. We’ve been able to do this by making the most of our comparatively modest R&D budget. This is what we’ve learnt from 13 years of constant innovation.

Ford’s inflatable seatbelt innovation helps save lives

Ford is currently bringing to market an inflatable seatbelt design for rear-seat passengers. The concept incorporates the added safety of airbag technology to reduce head, neck and chest injuries caused by seatbelt restraint in a crash.

Ford's inflatable seatbelt innovation helps save lives

Ford is currently bringing to market an inflatable seatbelt design for rear-seat passengers. The concept incorporates the added safety of airbag technology to reduce head, neck and chest injuries caused by seatbelt restraint in a crash.

5 fresh-faced beauty industry innovations

In recent months, several companies have carved out innovative niches for themselves in the beauty industry, launching ground-breaking products and services designed to meet the needs of cosmetics consumers in unique, cutting-edge ways.

Elizabeth Blackburn named first Australian woman Nobel Laureate

Great news for Australian science with Tasmanian-born molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn yesterday being awarded a Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Australian nuclear research receives boost as ANU and ANSTO join forces

The Australian National University (ANU) and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) have officially entered into a partnership to combine core expertise and enhance Australia’s international engagement in nuclear science and technology.

Great scientific achievements by women in history

The fields of science and technology are undeniably dominated by men. However, the contributions of women in these areas has been overlooked and underestimated throughout history. At the recent 2009 Women in Technology (WiT) Awards presentation, WiT President and i.lab CEO Anne-Marie Birkill delivered a keynote address in which she lauded the little-known achievements of female scientists and technologists, and called for greater acknowledgement and support for women today. Here is an edited extract from Birkill’s speech.

Help design our Cool Company Awards poster theme for 2009

In a little over 10 days, we will be sending a fleet of mobile-billboards down the busy streets of inner-city Australia to promote our 2009 Cool Company Awards. I'm talking about Scooter Advertising, courtesy of our friends at Subterfuge. In accordance with my blog post of yesterday on using social media to promote the 'cools', it occurred to me that this exercise presents an excellent opportunity to promote two-way reader engagement. So far, we've developed three potential poster and themes (below).

IBISWorld identifies best, worst growth industries for 09/10

A report released this week by business analyst IBISWorld points to what it predicts will be the top 10 best and five worst growth industries for the coming year.

R&D commercialisation under siege?

Surely the commercialisation of our world-class R&D is in the public interest. So why do we circle warily around the intellectual property that is...

R&D commercialisation under siege?

Surely the commercialisation of our world-class R&D is in the public interest. So why do we circle warily around the intellectual property that is...

Strategy: Customer feedback loops

Being the first to react to changing customer needs and preferences is often the difference between business success and failure. Witness, for example, how quickly Sony lost its early dominance of the portable music device market to Apple, which responded faster and more innovatively to demand for digital audio devices.

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