Australia's ONLY MONTHLY science magazine



MAY 2010

FEATURES

Inside the Minds of the Trendsetters
Brain scans have revealed which personality types are the most influential in the widespread adoption of new trends and technologies.

A Matter of Time
Successful treatment of cancer may depend on the accurate timing of chemotherapy or vaccine therapies to match fluctuations in each patient’s immune system.

A Mystery of Astronomical Proportions
At least one-third of all red giant stars have a mysterious variation in brightness that has astronomers stumped.

Neutrino Hint from Radioactivity Puzzle
The discovery that the decay rates of radioactive isotopes may not be immutable “constants of nature” could open fresh ways of detecting neutrinos and protecting astronauts and satellites in space.

Rise of the Machines
The cells in our body work because of the many “molecular machines” within them – but where did these machines comes from?

Sea Slugs Turn up Heat on Bleaching
Symbiotic sea slugs employ similar zooxanthellae species as corals, offering fresh insights into why heat-stressed corals bleach.

Can Mimicking Nature Quench Our Thirst?
Patterned polymer surfaces based on the African Stenocara beetle could be applied to our roofs to collect drinking water from the atmosphere.

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Deadly Concerns Over Herbal Medicines
Just how safe are herbal medicines, and how well are we evaluating their possible contribution to illness and death?

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REGULAR COLUMNS

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

SIMON SAYS
Politicians have given in to public fears about the safety of beef imports rather than doing “what the science tells us”.

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
The bacteria in decomposing bodies can help to determine when a person died – even if only a skeleton remains.

REMINISCIENCE
Michael Archer’s life-long attachment to animals as research subjects and personal pets matches his passion for the records they have left in the unique fossil beds of the Australian outback.

NAKED SKEPTIC
The anti-vaccination lobby has been dealt some crucial blows in the US courts.

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

ECO LOGIC
We have a lot to learn from Swedish conservation efforts.

LOWE TECH
Innovation in New Zealand is following Australia’s lead along a road to nowhere.

QUANDARY
Exhibits of “plastinated” human remains in garish poses raise issues of human dignity.

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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