The Conversation Martin Boland 9 December 2013
Radioactivity and radiation are often used interchangeably, but they describe different (yet related) processes.
The Conversation Renee Bittoun 10 December 2013
As rates of smoking fall in Australia, electronic cigarette manufacturers are moving in. Liberty Flights last week released an (awful) online ad to “create awareness” of electronic or e-cigarettes in the Australian marketplace.
E-cigarettes aren’t available for sale in Australia but can easily be purchased online. So, what are they? And what does the evidence say about the harms and benefits of using them?
With such a wide variety of e-cigarettes on the market, poor regulation and no quality control, it’s difficult to make a clear assessment of their safety.
PR Web 4 December 2013
According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research “Forensic Technologies Market (Physical Crime Forensics, Laboratory Forensics, Portable Forensics, Forensic Tools and Products) – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019″ the global forensic technologies/services market was valued at USD 8.3 billion in 2012 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.4% from 2013 to 2019, to reach an estimated value of USD 17.7 billion in 2019.
Browse the full report with complete TOC at at http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/forensics-technology.html
ABC News Rachel Carbonell 3 December 2013
Nano-safety campaigners are criticising Australia’s consumer watchdog over its decision to reject complaints against two sunscreen companies.
ABC News Sarah Farnsworth 2 December 2013
Thalidomide victims in Australia and New Zealand will get $89 million in compensation after a class action against the distributor of the drug.
In an Australian first, about 100 Thalidomide victims will get compensation and will be provided with care for the rest of their lives.
Nature.com.au 20 November 2013
This list will help non-scientists to interrogate advisers and to grasp the limitations of evidence, say William J. Sutherland, David Spiegelhalter and Mark A. Burgman.
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BBC News 26 November 2013
The US Food and Drug Administration has imposed a ban on a company offering personal genetic screening to the general public.
Google-backed 23andme has been ordered to “immediately discontinue” selling its saliva-collection tests after failing to provide information to back its marketing claims.
The tests aims to show how personal genetic codes may affect future health.
The company said it would address concerns.
BBC News Tulip Mazumdar 25 November 2013
Around 33,000 children are to be immunised against measles and polio in typhoon-hit Tacloban city.
The World Health Organization, which is supporting the government campaign, fears possible outbreaks of disease.
Science Network Western Australia 26 November 2013
THE use of statistical techniques to interpret chemical information has played a key role in developing a more discriminating model for the forensic analysis of car paint.
A study by Curtin University’s Department of Chemistry, in conjunction with the ChemCentre, applied infrared spectroscopy on the primer surfacer of 75 vehicles using the Australian Synchroton.