Australia's ONLY MONTHLY science magazine



MARCH 2010

FEATURES

Footprints of the First Australians
By Michael Westaway
Footprints left in the ancient Australian landscape reveal how the first Australians coped with the last ice age, while the fossil record continues to play a role in understanding the complexity of modern human origins.

Why Didn’t Ancient Australians Adopt Agriculture?
By Wendy Beck
Australian Aboriginal hunter-gatherers lived alongside farming societies in New Guinea, so why didn’t they adopt agriculture?

The Ghost of Herbivory Past
By Kevin Burns
Predation by the now-extinct moa could explain why New Zealand’s lancewoods undergo one of the most remarkable transformations in the plant kingdom.

Food Forensics
By Anita Andrew and Garry Lee
Food fraud is big business but science is on the case to ensure that what you eat is what it claims to be.

Migraine Relief from Vitamin Supplement
By Lyn Griffiths
The discovery of a gene linked to migraine has led to a simple dietary supplement that reduces its frequency and severity.

How to Stress Superbugs
By Matthew Cooper
New evidence of how antibiotics kill microbes by bending and “stressing” them has been discovered using nanotechnology.

At the Heart of Snails
By Michelle Gibson
Snail hearts are providing valuable insights into human cardiac muscle that could help researchers understand why humans develop heart disease and reduce the potentially fatal side-effects of drugs used to treat anxiety and depression.

Is Consciousness a Quantum Matter?
By Jeffrey Reimers
Could quantum mechanics play a significant role in conscious thought? Australian scientists have put the theory to the test.

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Forest Logging Begets Fire Traps
By David Lindenmayer
Research shows that decades of industrial logging in Australia’s wet forests may have made them more fire-prone. Fire management needs major revision.

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REGULAR COLUMNS

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

SIMON SAYS
We must learn to live with bushfires rather than try to resist them.

AUSTRALASIAN SKY
Your guide to the night sky this month.

OUT OF THIS WORLD
Dave Reneke brings news from the space and astronomy communities around the world.

COOL CAREERS
James Waldie is designing the suits to be worn by the next generation of space travellers.

REMINISCIENCE
Dr John O’Sullivan’s adaptability in radioastronomy provided the perfect mix for a world-beating Australian solution for the seemingly intractable problem of linking computers wirelessly.

NAKED SKEPTIC
There was a logical explanation for a recent UFO sighting in Norway.

PUBLISH OR PERISH
Your guide to new science books published this month.

ECO LOGIC
New research finds that a carbon-focused approach to curbing deforestation will contribute little to biodiversity loss.

LOWE TECH
Ian Lowe returns from the UN Climate Change Conference.

QUANDARY
Would you accept an organ transplant if it came from a drug addict or had been cancerous?

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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