Australia's ONLY MONTHLY science magazine



APRIL 2010

FEATURES

Eruptions, Climate Change and Mass Extinctions
By Fred Jourdan
Large volcanic eruptions created climate change events responsible for mass extinctions.

Rainwater Fever
By Michael Kearney
Will the return of rainwater tanks assist the spread of the dengue mosquito in Australia?

Acupuncture: A Western Solution to an Ancient Eastern Mystery
By Morry Silberstein
A new theory explaining how acupuncture works invokes a new division of the nervous system, with potential future applications extending well beyond pain management.

Microbial Terroirism
By Matthew Goddard
Genetic analysis of yeasts has revealed that local species contribute enormously to the regional characteristics of wine.

Cancer Therapy Hits Its Target
By Sherry Wu
Gene-silencing therapies are now a step closer to being used for cancer treatment with the help of a novel delivery system.

Gender Genes
By Lauren Hare and Vincent Harley
Genes may determine our biological sex, but some people don’t identify with their gender. New research has identified genetic associations responsible for gender identity disorders.

Does the Sun Explain Warming?
By Barrie Pittock
Some climate change skeptics have argued that natural variations in the Sun’s energy output are responsible for climatic variations on Earth, but how strong is the evidence for this?

Bureaucratic Soup for Science Promotion
By Peter Pockley
A long-awaited review of science communication is inching towards a “national strategy” without any commitment from the government to support fresh initiatives.

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Bringing Evolution into Conservation
By Ary Hoffmann
To protect biodiversity in a rapidly changing environment we need to encourage selection and evolution in our native plants and animals.

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REGULAR COLUMNS

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

SIMON SAYS
The International Panel on Climate Change has bungled its response to questioning of the rigour of its 2007 report.

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
Danielle Clode finds that the research skills she developed in animal behaviour studies have been invaluable in her career as a science writer.

REMINISCIENCE
Dr John O’Sullivan boldly entered the commercial world before returning to basic research and designing a revolutionary receiver for the world’s largest radiotelescope.

NAKED SKEPTIC
Mary Mackillop made a valuable contribution to society, but the attribution of two miracles from beyond the grave devalues science.

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

ECO LOGIC
Is conservation too conservative? And is it time to try something different?

LOWE TECH
It makes more sense to manage demand for water than to increase supply through desalination.

QUANDARY
It would cost $30 million to bring a Neanderthal back to life, but what are the ethical issues?

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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