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AUGUST 2009

FEATURES

A Cryonic Shame
By Stephen Luntz
While an understanding of how some frogs and turtles survive freezing could assist organ transplants in humans, it also reveals why the cryonics industry is a sham.

Outback Search for Life on Mars
By Carol Oliver and Malcolm Walter
What can we learn about life on Mars from ancient rocks in Western Australia and recent discoveries made by a string of Mars obiter spacecraft, a polar lander and two rovers?

Microbes Reflect Marine Health
By Peter Pockley
Bacteria are emerging as a gauge of the declining health of the world’s oceans.

Humidity Doubles Global Warming
By Steven Sherwood
CO2 is not the most important “greenhouse gas” in our atmosphere.

The Little Qubit that Could
By Travis Taylor
The creation of a basic quantum computer by Australian researchers brings us closer to the dawn of a second technological revolution.

Glow Worms Tell The Time
By David Merritt
Glow worms in forests adjust their light output, but what happens in caves where there are no time cues?

Silence Is a Scientist’s Worst Enemy
By Susannah Eliott
Ian Plimer’s controversial new book on climate change provides a lesson on how scientists should respond to contentious scientific claims in the media.

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Is Directed Gamete Donation Discriminatory?
By Bernadette Richards
Directed donation of gametes based upon characteristics such as age or religious persuasion is inconsistent with anti-discrimination law and undermines values that are publicly espoused in Australia.

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REGULAR COLUMNS

BROWSE
Ten pages of the latest science news from our shores.

SIMON SAYS
Fortress Australia Dreaming
Reducing our population in an increasingly populous world is a selfish pipedream.

AUSTRALASIAN SKY
Your guide to the night sky this month.

OUT OF THIS WORLD
How Wet Is Mars?
Scientists are heading into the Australian desert to learn about
terrestrial conditions that can guide the search for water, and life, on Mars.

COOL SCIENTIST
An Explosion of Science
In order to work out how hard it will be for mining companies to extract minerals you first need a scientist to blow rocks up in the lab.

REMINISCIENCE
A Passionate Fan of Marsupials
From her earliest days in science, Marilyn Renfree has been promoting the value of researching the life cycles of Australia’s unique marsupials.

VELOCITY
Natural-Born Killers
Queensland scientists have declared war on flies using two natural enemies – a parasitic wasp and a fly-killing fungus.

NAKED SKEPTIC
Understand the Numbers? Don’t Count on It
Lotto jackpots attract more players, but what are the chances that their winnings will be greater than any other week?

QUANDARY
A Knock on the Door from the Brain Police
Brain scans are being used as evidence to convict alleged criminials, but how good is the science?

BEAMLINE
Nanoscience Shapes the Future
The intriguing properties of diamond films and metal–carbon nanoparticles are being explored for possible use in industrial applications.

ASTROSPACE NEWS
Renowned astronomy educator David Reneke has joined Australasian Science. His Astrospace News blog is updated weekly and his new e-book, Apollo 11: The Untold Story, outlines "Over 50 Things You Didn’t Know About The First Moon Landing".


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