Category Archives: Science – General

General Public health and other interesting cross-topic subjects.

Big business urged to get into bed with science sector

The Australian 17 September 2014

THE federal government has called on big business and the ­science sector to collaborate more closely with small-to-medium ­enterprises to help deliver sophisticated, high value-added products and services on the global stage.

In an interview for The Australian and GE’s Powering Australia series, Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane said it was important for industry to make greater use of scientific know-how to drive ­innovation, and encouraging collaboration would be the centrepiece of future industry policy.

Polio vaccine: Brisbane company Vaxxas teams up with WHO to trial Nanopatch needle-free delivery system

ABC news Neal Woolrich 17 September 2014

A small Brisbane medical research firm could soon hit the big time, thanks to its ground breaking needle-free vaccine delivery research.

Vaxxas has just signed an agreement with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to trial its Nanopatch delivery system for polio vaccines, which the company hopes will progress the technology through the next stage of clinical trials.

New Tracking Technologies Aim to Prevent Sloppy Handling at U.S. Biolabs

Scientific American Dina Fine Maron 15 September 2014

The CDC is piloting cameras and tablets in high-level biosafety spaces in an effort to avoid future infectious disease botch-ups

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Facing a post-antibiotic world

Sydney Morning Herald Leigh Dayton, University of Technology Sydney, 16 September 2014

Antibiotic resistance should be treated as a natural disaster.

It’s official. Humanity is racing towards a post-antibiotic era, a time when today’s life-saving drugs won’t successfully treat common infectious diseases or even infections from minor injuries.

According to the World Health Organisation, many bacteria responsible for common but serious diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, gonorrhoea and bloodstream infections have developed resistance to antibiotics designed to wipe them out. Worse, few replacement treatments are in the pipeline. The post-antibiotic world looms.

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How quickly viruses can contaminate buildings and how to stop them

(American Society for Microbiology 8 September 2014) Using tracer viruses, researchers found that contamination of just a single doorknob or table top results in the spread of viruses throughout office buildings, hotels, and health care facilities. Within 2 to 4 hours, the virus could be detected on 40 to 60 percent of workers and visitors in the facilities and commonly touched objects.

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Australia’s chief scientist makes pitch for science

Chemistry World Ned Stafford 5 September 2014

Australia’s chief scientist Ian Chubb has presented an ambitious agenda to the government to bolster the nation’s science base. He also took this opportunity to warn that Australia is not keeping pace with advances seen in other nations around the world and risks being left behind.

In his report, Chubb said that Australia’s national interests are at risk unless science is improved ‘through strategic investment, good planning and long-term commitment’. His recommendations stress the economic benefits for Australia of robust and innovative science.

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Scientist gets first haircut in 10 years for valuable water molecule research

ABC News | 7:30 South Australia Leah Maclennan 5 September 2014

Associate Professor Stewart Walker of Flinders University has been growing his greying locks for the past decade in preparation for a scientific experiment.  The hair being cut off will be analysed for its elemental and isotopic details, and Professor Walker expected it would reveal details of the past 10 years of his life.  Unlike what DNA testing can reveal, this technique can reveal the story of where someone has been.

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