Category Archives: Science – General

General Public health and other interesting cross-topic subjects.

One-third of injury reports linked with cosmetics

Brisbane Times October 22, 2014 Esther Han

Thousands of Australians are being injured by mislabelled and poor-quality products, with one-third of injury reports made to the consumer watchdog in the past year relating to cosmetics.

Ebola serum for Africa patients within weeks, says WHO

BBC News October 21, 2014 Michelle Roberts

Serum made from the blood of recovered Ebola patients could be available within weeks in Liberia, one of the countries worst hit by the virus, says the World Health Organization.

Speaking in Geneva, Dr Marie Paule Kieny said work was also advancing quickly to get drugs and a vaccine ready for January 2015.  Continue reading…


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.

Ebola Is Airborne, University Of Minnesota CIDRAP Researchers Claim

InQuisitr October 15, 2014

Ebola is airborne, according to a new report by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota. Researchers at the university just advised the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that “scientific and epidemiologic evidence” now exists that proves Ebola has the potential to be transmitted via exhaled breath and “infectious aerosol particles.”
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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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Experts question the value of some new medical technologies

Sydney Morning Herald Elisabeth Rosenghal 8 October 2014

Medical technology is finding a vast number of new data-gathering techniques but many professionals are questioning the value of all that information.

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Great Barrier Reef: ‘a massive chemistry experiment gone wrong’

The Guardian James Woodford 10 October 2014

Scientists warn that pollution may be dramatically increasing the rate of ocean acidification in inshore areas, threatening coral

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