Category Archives: Heavy metals / trace elements

Environment and biological, Trace metals and heavy metals, trace elements in environmental samples, trace metals in biological materials.
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Australian Academy of Science – Nominations for the 2016 honorific awards for scientific excellence are now open

Honorific Awards

Most honorific awards are open to any scientist normally resident in Australia. Nominations may be made by anyone in the scientific community, with the exception of the Macfarlane Burnet or the Matthew Flinders Medals and Lectures for which nominations may only be made by Academy Fellows.

Criteria and nomination forms are available under each individual award.  Awards are available for a range of disciplines including chemistry, physics, human genetics, and women in science, and include early and mid-career awards.

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Atoms roam in search of a chemical mate

Sydney Morning Herald Peter Spinks 13 April 2015

The surprise discovery that some atoms roam around to form chemical bonds is set to turn the conventional world of chemistry on its head.

The Sydney chemists stumbled upon their findings while conducting research into why the atmosphere contains twice as many acids produced by plants – that is organic instead of industrial acids – than climate models predicted.

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Catalyst: Our Chemical Lives

ABC TV Catalyst 31/3/2015

Dr Maryanne Demasi investigates the safety of chemicals found in everyday products and compares the level of chemicals in her own body with clean living convert and media personality Sarah Wilson.

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Toxic time bomb ticking in metal hips

Sydney Morning Herald Lawrence Money 5 April 2015

Hundreds of Australians with metal hip replacements fear their bodies have been poisoned by cobalt and chromium leaching from the implants. While the national Therapeutic Goods Administration maintains there is “insufficient evidence” of a definite link, many patients have reported matching symptoms – nausea, vertigo, headaches, heart problems and more.

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Townsville Port gets all clear as Qld Government rejects study linking toxic dust emissions to port

ABC News Isobel Roe and David Chen 1 April 2015

The State Government will not require any changes to operations at the Townsville Port, in north Queensland, after a study found high levels of toxins coming from the facility.
Queensland Health and the Department of Science have considered a 2014 Macquarie University study of Townsville CBD playgrounds that found high levels of chemicals like arsenic, nickel and lead, that could be traced back to the Townsville Port.
The study suggested the levels may be a risk to public health.
The Government said the study’s methodology was questionable and there was no evidence of an impact on public health.

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Women still find it tough to reach the top in science

The Conversation Sharon Bell 24 March 2015

Women are playing an increasing role in science today but there are still barriers that can prevent them from achieving success comparable to their male colleagues. This feeds the argument that there is a gender pay gap in earnings in science, although that doesn’t tell the full story of the challenges facing women scientists.

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For some kids, Easter egg hunts can lead to skin problems

(Wiley 16 March 2015) Some children and adults are allergic to nickel and develop rashes when they come in contact with it. They also may react to foods — including peanuts, chocolate, oats, and processed American cheese — that contain a significant amount of nickel.

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