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SEPTEMBER 2009

FEATURES

Lifting the Darkness
By Julian Cribb
Humans are outliving their eyeballs, with most of us suffering vision loss or blindness in old age. However, it may soon be possible to prevent and even repair the damage our eyes sustain over a lifetime of exposure to light.

The Littlest Legionnaire
By Paul Fisher
Slime moulds, or social amoebae, have revealed how mitochondrially diseased cells support Legionella growth better than healthy cells.

Supernova Safari
By Stuart Ryder
Astronomers are now using “laser vision-corrected” telescopes to hunt for supernovae that would otherwise have gone undetected.

Ventriloquism for Dummies
By John Bradshaw
Psychologists have used ventriloquistic tricks to sort out how the competing hemispheres of the brain process audio and visual information.

Swimming the Gauntlet
By David Booth
For sea turtles that nest on coral cays, the most dangerous time in their life is the first few minutes of swimming across the fringing reef while making their way out to the open ocean.

Jumping Genes Drive Evolution
By Keith Oliver and Wayne Greene
Orthodox evolutionary theory does not tally with the fossil record, but a new school of thought points towards “jumping genes” as essential agents of periodic changes in the rate of evolution.

A River Is Dying
By Felicity Cutten
Climate change and excessive water extraction are threatening the Murray River and its iconic species, the magnificent cod and river redgums.

Science Is Under Threat
By Doug Edmeades
Science faces several contemporary challenges, and it is the responsibility of scientists to regain the public’s trust.

 

conSCIENCE

Querying the Dawkins View of Science
By Andrew Baker
The biologist and cultural critic Richard Dawkins promotes “rational science” to counter an epidemic of superstition and religious idealism. It’s time, though, for scientists to explain the scientific process more comprehensively.

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REGULAR COLUMNS

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

SIMON SAYS
Hanging on in the Carr Industry
The Innovation Minister needs to try something new.

AUSTRALASIAN SKY
Your guide to the night sky this month.

OUT OF THIS WORLD
Did Galileo Discover Neptune?
Galileo saw the planet Neptune while observing the moons of Jupiter. His diaries hint he may have realised the significance of what he had seen.

COOL SCIENTIST
The Safety of Nanoparticles
Amanda Barnard is attempting to determine which nanoparticles are dangerous.

REMINISCIENCE
A Dynamic Earth Man
From modest beginnings Kurt Lambeck made successive decisions to seek more challenging work that propelled him from arrival in Australia with no English language to a world leader in the science of understanding the Earth.

VELOCITY
Pasta Is on the Menu for Yabbies
By analysing the diet of yabbies, scientists are determining how long it takes for small animals to recover from an ecological disaster.

NAKED SKEPTIC
Fly Me to the Moon

NASA photos of the Apollo Moon landing sights have not convinced those who subscribe to the hoax conspiracy theory.

QUANDARY
Who Needs Men?
Not only could new technology that enables the production of sperm from embryonic stem cells make men obsolete, it could accelerate the development of designer children.

BEAMLINE
The Hole Story
They may be full of holes, but metal–organic materials could lead to a revolution in clean energy.

ASTROSPACE NEWS
Renowned astronomy educator David Reneke is now representing Australasian Science. His Astrospace News blog is updated regularly 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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