Category Archives: Science – General

General Public health and other interesting cross-topic subjects.

Miniaturising medical laboratories: UTAS hopes to take technology mobile

ABC News Mark Reddie 29 October 2014

The University of Tasmania has created a $5 million research centre in the hope of making medical technology more mobile.
Scientists aim to reduce the time it takes between collecting samples and delivering results to patients through a portable device that connects to a smart phone.
They hope to achieve the same feat as computer makers, who have made their equipment smaller and more mobile, but rather miniaturising equipment that is usually only found in a laboratory, the university’s Professor Emily Hilder said.

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New CSIRO software opens Windows to science

CSIRO News 27 October 2014

New software which offers scientists and researchers an easy way to analyse, model and visualise scientific datasets has been released by CSIRO.

The free software, known as Workspace, is purpose-built for scientific applications and allows researchers to present their findings through stunning visualisations.  Continue reading…

Google is developing cancer and heart attack detector

BBC News October 28, 2014  Leo Kelion & James Gallagher

Google is aiming to diagnose cancers, impending heart attacks or strokes and other diseases, at a much earlier stage than is currently possible.

The company is working on technology that combines disease-detecting nanoparticles, which would enter a patient’s bloodstream via a swallowed pill, with a wrist-worn sensor.  Continue reading…

ABC News article 29 October 2014

Gene laws: Queensland considers discrimination protection from genetic tests

ABC News | 7.30 Qld Elise Worthington, Eric Tlozek 25 October 2014

Queensland could become the first state in Australia to protect people from future discrimination if they get a genetic test.

The State Government is investigating how to stop insurance companies and employers from using the result of genetic testing, or the sequencing of the entire human genome, from being used to charge higher premiums or make people ineligible for insurance.

Mr Springborg has expressed concern about the lack of a legal framework to govern how test results affect things like insurance and employment.

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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.