Innovation by numbers: classic, complementary techniques

Innovation is a tricky business. No single solution has enough scope to generate revolutionary progress. There’s no magic bullet – it takes many iterations.

Read at Telstra In:Sight. Here. And here.

The world has grand designs on the slimy potential of algae architecture

University of Technology Sydney scientist Sara Wilkinson works in the slimy yet sophisticated field of algae architecture. According to Wilkinson, 54, the substance has great untapped potential. Read at the Sydney Morning Herald

Ecologist Dr Steve Murphy battles time to save wildlife

He is best-known for capturing one of the world’s rarest birds, which was long thought extinct – the stocky yet elusive Australian night parrot. Ecologist Dr Steve Murphy achieved the feat in 2015 at the Pullen Pullen Reserve managed by Bush Heritage Australia, two years after the mottled enigma was rediscovered by naturalist John Young on a western Queensland ranch. Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Modern cowboy helping those at risk

Wonderland cowboy Geoff Toomby, 67, grooms the next generation of jackaroos and jillaroos for free. Toomby’s five-week horsemanship course at Wonderland Station near Townsville enrols first-nation and at-risk Australians seeking to learn key rural skills. Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Smart and stateless: Governing a post-global world

Forget conventional geography with its neat national borders and colour-coded alliances – everything you thought you knew about how the world works has either changed, or is about to. Read at Telstra In:Sight.

Shanghai author Han Han on his many bugbears, himself included

High-school dropout turned writer and rally driver, Han keeps pushing the limits of what he can say, whatever the risk. The result is an essay collection that sometimes flares with genuine anger. Read at the South China Morning Post.

Thankyou – thirst for justice

Providing safe drinking water to over 900 million people in developing countries. Read at ANZ’s Your World.