Nov/Dec 2005


A Bug that Australians Have Controlled
Peter Pockley interviewed Prof Barry Marshall before his Nobel Prize for Medicine was announced.

Australian Beamline to Expose Antimatter
Antimatter research is coming to Australia with the construction of state-of the-art research facilities in Canberra. Simon Grose reports.

Nuclear Fusion: The Future of Energy Production
The world’s most expensive experiment is being planned to test whether nuclear fusion could be harnessed to meet our growing energy needs. Matthew Hole and Ben Powell say that Australia needs to be involved in this research.

Time to Get Serious about E=mc2
Einstein’s famous equation is now 100 years old. David Jamieson explains its central role in modern life, particularly the opportunities it provides for ethical power generation.

Top 10 Equations of All Time
Nic Svenson asks physicists whether E=mc2 has got what it takes to be Number 1.

Did the Earth Move for You?
Mark Quigley examines Australia’s geological history to determine how large earthquakes can be and how often they occur.

Stem Cells May Save Cup Campaigns
Chris O’Sullivan explains how stem cell therapy has recently been applied to rehabilitate racehorses with tendon injuries.

Toxic Blue-Green Algae: It’s What’s on the Inside That Counts
Not only can algal toxins contaminate our drinking water, they can also accumulate in high concentrations in the foods we eat. Susan White reports.

Who’s Studying Science?
Earlier this year a report entitled Who’s Teaching Science? concluded that shortcomings in high school science teaching were responsible for a decline in tertiary science enrolments. Here three science students have their say.

How the Cretins Were Cured
Basil Hetzel recalls how research revealed that iodine deficiency was the cause of “cretinism” among New Guinea highlanders.

Lost in Translation
Traditional law and environmental management practices are under threat in Melanesia, and must be translated into western policies before they are lost. Clive Wilkinson and Anne Caillaud discuss how this can be achieved.

Bachelors Seek House and Harem
Ashley Frisch reveals the cryptic world of crayfish on coral reefs.


Large-Scale Experiments Needed to Save Australia’s Biota (169 kb PDF)
Ecological research and management in Australia is lacking adequate knowledge from good science, says internationally noted ecologist Charles Krebs.


Fantastic Plastic Fibre Optics Earn Australasian Science Prize

Prozac Protects Against Huntington’s Disease

SARS Variants Discovered in Bats

Bacteria Reveal Purple Past

Chinese Fossils Returned

Low Stress Beer Bred

Acidic Oceans Threaten Species

Backyard Antenna Trumps Satellite

Micro-stroke Cause of Alzheimer’s

Methane Sources Mapped

Whale Sharks Can Thank Their Lucky Stars

Aussies Score Nobel Prize...

...and Ig Nobels Too

Attitudes to Biotechnology Becoming More Complex

Boger Fluids Earn PM’s Praise




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