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How do we engage young people in science?

Sydney Morning Herald Nicky Phillips 18 October 2014

If you regularly attend church, there’s a fair chance you believe in god. Likewise, if you’ve never missed an episode of The Bachelor, you’re probably a fan (even if you won’t admit it).

So there’s no surprise that people who read science magazines, love Adam Spencer and Brian Cox and attend science festivals think science is pretty darn great.

Science communicator Dr Craig Cormick says these “fan boys and fan girls” of science have never been more engaged. “They’ve having a ball,” he says.

The problem is, not everyone feels this way. Not everyone, especially a growing number of young people in Australia, see the value in science.

“That’s a big, big worry,” says Cormick.

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/how-do-we-engage-young-people-in-science-20141017-1170vt.html

Ebola genome browser now online to aid researchers’ response to crisis

(University of California – Santa Cruz 1 October 2014) The UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute late Tuesday released a new Ebola genome browser to assist global efforts to develop a vaccine and antiserum to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus.

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Online games and remote experiments could reduce scientific fraud, cherry-picking

(Carnegie Mellon University 6 October 2014) One way to combat the rising level of errors and fraud in life sciences research is through massive online laboratories, which use videogames to engage large numbers of non-professional investigators and prevent scientists from manually testing their own hypotheses, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University say

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Nobel Prize: How English beat German as language of science

BBC News  Nina Porzucki 11 October 2014

Two Norwegian scientists have won the Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine – for work published in the English language. Historian of science Michael Gordin explains why they wrote in the language of Dickens and Twain rather than Ibsen and Hamsun.

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Scientists discover cancer-fighting berry on tree that only grows in Far North Queensland

ABC News Jessica van Vonderen 8 October 2014

Scientists have been surprised by the rapid cancer-fighting properties of a berry found only in Far North Queensland.
An eight-year study led by Dr Glen Boyle, from the QIMR Berghofer medical research institute in Brisbane, found a compound in the berry could kill head and neck tumours as well as melanomas.

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The 10 stuff-ups we all make when interpreting research

The Conversation Will J Grant, Rob Lamberts 3 October 2014

Have you ever tried to interpret some new research to work out what the study means in the grand scheme of things?  Well maybe you’re smart and didn’t make any mistakes – but more likely you’re like most humans and accidentally made one of these 10 stuff ups.

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Volatile times for CSIRO

Sydney Morning Herald Stephen Cauchi 4 October 2014

CSIRO has been going through arough patch.    As a consequence of the cuts, the CSIRO will close eight of its 56 sites while whole areas of research, including radio astronomy, geothermal research and marine biodiversity, will be cut or abandoned.

A new Chief Executive is to be announced soon.

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