Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Unexpected Future of the Renewable Energy Sector

FACT: The top 700 metres of Oceans have warmed by 0.167 degrees Celsius since 1969 (as reported by NASA) FACT: Data from NASA‘s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment demonstrate that Greenland has lost 150 to 250 cubic kilometres of ice per year … Continue reading

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Using Science to end the Violence

Research has shown that the commitment someone feels towards their partner and relationship can significantly reduce the aggressiveness of their response to ‘provocation’. Surprising, right? After all, it seems logical to assume people who are more committed (and therefore invested) … Continue reading

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MERS The Next Pandemic?

We survived Swine 09. We struggled through Bird flu in 2012. Now people around the world appear to be bracing themselves for a mysterious new disease known as (MERS) Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome. MERS is a virus similar to SARS … Continue reading

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What’s in a name? Why the common wombat could become the not-so-common wombat

One of Australia’s most iconic native animals is now under threat, and only you can fix it. A recent study by Sydney scientists has concluded that the biggest threat to the common wombat is road traffic, and this, in addition … Continue reading

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Hope for (influenza) plague survival

Don’t lie. Everyone has fantasised about that viral infection that spreads like wildfire and rapidly mutates to the point where it could out evolve both the human immune system and vaccinations. No, unfortunately this post is not on my Zombie … Continue reading

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So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

The Environment. Mother Nature. Our World. Planet Earth. We hear a lot of conflicting points of view about how resilient it is to change and what changes we are forcing it to endure. These are big issues that are hard … Continue reading

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The importance of the gut: how food allergies may contribute to autism

Let’s talk about bowels. They’re not the most glamorous of topics, and when they come up in conversation most of us wrinkle our noses in disgust. But it can’t be denied that they do much of our dirty work for … Continue reading

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Preventing HPV and Cervical Cancer: Worth the Shot

Childhood vaccination, especially when funded by the government, has always sparked heated public and scientific debate since its introduction in the 19th century. Whilst acknowledging the necessity to question what we are putting into our bodies or exposing our children … Continue reading

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We Must Reassure Douglas Adams: saving a species with faeces

Are you a fan of Douglas Adams? Perhaps you have read his novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. If not, no worries.  He’s just the imperial lord of science-fiction, and a Jedi master of absurdist humour. I’m sure there’s … Continue reading

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Lichen on Mars? The Potential for a Green Future on a Red Planet

It’s hard to believe that in 15 years or less, we, as humans, could be able to consider ourselves an interplanetary species. Several companies are currently competing to put people on Mars by the 2020’s. Alas, recent debate has arisen … Continue reading

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