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Science funding should go to people, not projects

The Conversation Merlin Crossley [29 June 2015]

Prominent American biologist Ronald Germain, has recently published a remarkable suggestion about research funding in the top bioscience journal Cell.

He concludes that the historical US project grant funding systems are no longer working. He argues for a switch from a project proposal based system to a people-based system. The phrase you’ll hear a lot more often is “person-not-project”.

I’m interested in this idea. Australia, with its highly developed research fellowship systems, is already moving along this road, but I imagine the debate will be controversial.

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Fears aired over radioactive gas levels at Wimmera mine site

ABC News 29 June 2015

A Wimmera Landcare group in south-western Victoria says monitoring it has done shows levels of radioactive gas at a mine near Horsham far exceed the maximum for public exposure.

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‘No public health risk’ to proposed rat poison limits in pork

Brisbane Times Amy Remeikis 30 June 2015

Just a year ago the issue closed a Queensland piggery, but Australia’s food authority is considering a proposal that would allow pork products containing traces of rat poison, coumatetralyl, to be legally sold.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand may set temporary maximum limits for residue levels, reportedly of no more than 0.4 milligrams per kilogram, or parts per million, under the proposal being considered by the nation’s health ministers.

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French tourist falls to death from CBD tower after ‘fun’ climb

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva 29 June 2015

Police believe a man who fell to his death at the 1 William Street construction site may have been scaling a crane for fun when he slipped.  Investigators are not treating the 21-year-old French tourist’s death as a suicide, and instead believe it was a case of misadventure.

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Attempted murder charge, Sandgate

QPS News 29 June 2015

Detectives have charged a 79-year-old man with attempted murder following an incident in Sandgate this afternoon.   Police located a 76-year-old man with lacerations to his face and neck.  The 76-year-old Sandgate man was subsequently transported to the Prince Charles Hospital for treatment.

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Grievous bodily harm, Townsville

QPS News 29 June 2015

Detectives from Townsville CIB have charged a 54-year-old woman following a stabbing incident in Church Street, West End (Townsville) this afternoon.  A man was transported to Townsville General Hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

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Firearm related incident & attempted armed robbery, Maroochydore

QPS News 29 June 2015

Police are looking for the driver of a white utility following two firearm related incidents in the Maroochydore area today.  During one of the incidents a male hotel employee suffered minor injuries.

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