Category Archives: Science – General

General Public health and other interesting cross-topic subjects.

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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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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Nobel prize for Chemistry awarded to scientists Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner, who helped develop ultra-powerful microscope

ABC News 9 October 2014

A German and two American scientists have won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for smashing the size barrier in optical microscopes, allowing researchers to see individual molecules inside living cells.

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