Australia's ONLY MONTHLY science magazine

MAY 2008


Emu Dreaming
By Ray Norris
The Milky Way and other heavenly bodies have been inspiration for a rich aboriginal culture that “westerners” should appreciate as bridges towards mutual understanding and reconciliation.

Just Add Water
By Peter Pockley
Semiconductor research has uncovered a means of untapping hydrogen energy.

Ancient Asia Unearthed
By Amanda Morgan
A new project to understand how ancient cultures travelled and settled southern Asia has uncovered a particularly compassionate and inclusive late Stone Age community in northern Vietnam.

Noise May Be Music to Bionic Ears
By Mark McDonnell and Robert Morse
Bionic ear implants could be improved by introducing noise to mimic biological unpredictability.

The Acid Test
By Stephen Luntz
Carbon dioxide emissions are being absorbed by the oceans, making them more acidic. How long can corals survive?

Heat Shock
By David Yellowlees and Bill Leggat
With fears that coral bleaching may become more widespread as climate change warms the oceans, scientists are determining which genes are switched on when corals become stressed by high water temperatures.

False Hope for Breast Cancer?
By Simon Grose
Widespread rejoice that a cure for breast cancer may be imminent may be premature given the “king pin” gene’s other vital roles.

Cars Are Doomed
By Patrick Moriarty and Damon Honnery
What are the options to turn around our transport and energy systems in time to meet long-term greenhouse targets?


Salt & Mind
By Peter Pockley
Professor Derek Denton’s unravelling of the profound role that common salt plays in the body led him to study the origins of consciousness. Raising funds was an equal challenge.

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Make a Stand for Good Science
By Barry Brook
Scientists must work harder at making the public aware of the stark difference between good science and denialist spin.


Smart Sleeve Makes Practice Perfect

Sperm Separator Improves IVF Prospects

Hobbits Were Not Cretins

Technology Creates Crude Oil from Waste

UltraBattery Brings Hybrid Vehicles Closer

Breast Cancers Put to Sleep

Platypus Evolution Was Slowest of Mammals

Molecule Signals Diabetes Danger

Jelly Genes Fit for a Queen

Report Damns Australia’s Environmental Performance

Missing Link in Sydney Harbour

Fish Nets Don’t Favour the Brave

Testosterone May Prevent Female Dementia

Glasses Don’t Maketh the Nerd

Bad News for Murray’s Mouth

Stretching Explains Asian Seismic Activity

The Physics is Right

Ravens Fail as Virus Warning



Out Of This World


Publish or Perish

Naked Skeptic

Cool Careers


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