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NOV/DEC 2008


Ice, Ice, Maybe
By Tom Hill and Bruce Moffett
Bacteria that trigger frost in grapes could also be responsible for forming raindrops in the atmosphere.

Solar Soldiers
By Andrew Blakers, Vernie Everett, Igor Skryabin and Klaus Weber
Highly efficient, flexible and lightweight solar modules are set to expand the power capabilities of mobile devices used by both the military and civilians.

What Goes Down Your Drain?
By Michael Angove
Think about the number of chemicals we use each day – the cleaning agents, fragrances and deodorants, toothpaste, disinfectant and medications. Now think about where these end up, and consider that many survive water treatment and end up in the environment.

Beating Diabetes
By Mia Akerfeldt
A chemical compound that acts as a “saviour” of dying insulin cells could provide a therapy for Type 2 diabetes.

Phone Health an Elusive Call
By Bianca Nogrady
To investigate whether mobile phones and base stations affect people’s health, researchers are having to come up with clever tests that pull together several strands of research.

Breaking Internet Speed Limits
By Barry Luther-Davies and Benjamin Eggleton
A new device being developed could eliminate the “electronic bottleneck” that is keeping internet speeds well below the capacities of fibre optic networks.

Sea Squirt Sex: Surprising Sophistication behind the Simplicity
By Angela Crean and Dustin Marshall
Although sea squirts appear to have a relatively simple sex life, these primitive animals show remarkable sophistication by adjusting the quality of their gametes according to their surroundings.

In Space No One Can Hear You Sue
By Anthony Wicht
The set of laws we decide to apply to astronauts will have profound implications for the type of spacefaring society we become, but there are some tricky questions to be answered along the way.

Gross Domestic Procrastination
By Morgan Sheridan
Governments were slow to act on climate change because of the expected costs of action, but scientists question the use of GDP as a measure of economic success.

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Sparking Creativity in Young Researchers
By John Carmody
Integrity and scepticism are, perhaps, the two sides of the same coin. We must encourage both in young scientists.



Mother Fossil Find Awarded
Australasian Science Prize

ADHD Kids Fail Smell Test

Puberty Earlier When Fathers Are Absent

Mighty Reef Found In Outback

DHEA Doesn’t Help Menopausal Women

More Carbon In Permafrost

Malaria Parasites Sequenced

Flu Pioneer Passes Away

Germ Warfare Yields Wine

Imprinting Shared by Humans and Marsupials

CSIRO Strikes Invisible Gold

Tooth Stem Cells Put the Bite on Stroke

No-Take Zones Stop Starfish

Fish Stage Reef Return

Frazer Wins PM’s Science Prize

Scientists Respond to Garnaut’s Final Review

New Chief Scientist Named



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Publish or Perish

Naked Skeptic

Cool Careers


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