Category Archives: SCOM8014

Can we “science away” palm oil?

Credit: Permaculture (magazine) Yes, we can. Activist groups have been campaigning against palm oil for decades. What is less known though is that science has also been quietly working away, trying to find solutions to the myriad of issues that … Continue reading

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The Australian Housing Crisis: Possum Edition

  Just like Australians looking to get into the property market, possums are facing their own unique housing problems.   Possums rely on large tree-hollows to make their homes, but these hollows can take over 100 years to form.  Combine … Continue reading

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Water for the future. Do a reverse on reverse osmosis

Water is our most precious resource in Australia. Not natural gas, oil, coal or opals. Water. We must do everything to preserve it but sometimes, extraneous conditions make it hard. Many will remember the millennium drought which saw harsh water … Continue reading

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The war on undernutrition: Why supplements may be the superweapon we’ve been looking for.

Approximately 3 million children die every year due to malnutrition. The prevalence of this startling statistic remains one of the greatest failings of modern society. Nevertheless, new research suggests that we may have a secret weapon; an ace up our … Continue reading

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It’s getting hot in here… So what does this mean for the ocean?

One day, in the not-so-distant future, the movie Finding Nemo may be seen as an incredibly inaccurate portrayal of life under the sea. And it’s not because of the talking fish. With climate change heating up our oceans and creating … Continue reading

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Bottoms up! Melting the dark side of Antarctic ice shelves

Antarctic ice shelves are nature’s buttresses against sea level rise that would devastate our coastal civilisations. New research provides a clearer picture of how climate change will speed up melting of ice shelves from underneath. Antarctica’s land area is almost … Continue reading

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A recipe for old leaves

Just how valuable are your garden scraps? Every year, nearly half of our organic waste gets thrown to landfill, when all of it could be used for other things.  Local councils are slowly introducing collection schemes for people’s leaves, grass … Continue reading

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Eye of the Storm: Climate Change and the Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is dying. One of Australia’s most spectacular natural wonders is being devastated by the impact of climate change. Scientists, governments and the media have drawn attention to human induced mass coral bleaching and ocean acidification but … Continue reading

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In support of shark deterring technology

Shark attacks have been increasing in Australia in the last two decades, scientists put this down to more people in the water, which boosts the likelihood of encountering a shark. Even though shark attacks are still extremely rare, something about … Continue reading

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Eating the world healthy again

We should all know by now that eating fruit and vegetables is good for us. Yet a survey done by CSIRO shows that most Australians aren’t getting anywhere near this. If Australia’s Go for 2&5 campaign isn’t working, hopefully research … Continue reading

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