Category Archives: Science – General

General Public health and other interesting cross-topic subjects.

Predatory publishers criticised for ‘unethical, unprincipled’ tactics

Radio National Background Briefing Hagar Cohen 2 August 2015

Predatory publishers are exploiting academics by getting them to pay fees—sometimes thousands of dollars—to publish their papers in low-grade journals, alongside anything from harmful junk science to flat out dangerous ideas.

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Visuals add impact to science: Scimex adds stock photo service 28 July 2015

WHAT the hell is that? A picture may be worth a thousand words — but it may also inspire to find out what those words are.

This is the winning entry of an Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC) competition aimed at encouraging its universities and researchers to submit enticing and informative material for its new Scimex Multimedia Hub.

“Without images, many important research stories will not get the prominence they deserve,” says AusSMC CEO, Dr Susannah Eliott. “The new Scimex Multimedia Hub gets material off the hard drives of researchers and into a searchable database for the media.” at State Library

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Megafauna extinction: DNA evidence pins blame on climate change

New Scientist Michael Slezak 23 July 2015

New forensic DNA evidence is painting a detailed picture of the death of the world’s megafauna – and it suggests that humans were not to blame.
Ever since a giant sloth was uncovered more than 200 years ago, hinting at the former presence of a menagerie of prehistoric giant mammals – the “megafauna” – humans have been on trial for their extinction. And the prosecution’s case has been strong.
“The overwhelming evidence is that the megafauna extinctions occur around the world whenever humans turn up,” says Alan Cooper, an ancient DNA researcher from the University of Adelaide in Australia.
And that chronology is hard to argue with, he says. “Whether it be 50,000 years ago in Australia or 13,000 years ago in South America or 1000 years ago in New Zealand: it’s a perfect match.”
But the real culprit, he says, is climate change.

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CSIRO chief calls for better ”bang for buck” on scientific investment

The Sydney Morning Herald Bridie Smith July 23, 2015

Australia needs to get a better return on scientific investment and improve its standing in innovation performance, the head of the country’s top research organisation has said.
Ahead of launching a five-year scientific “masterplan” on Thursday, CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall told Fairfax Media the country needed to get more “bang for our buck” from the organisation.

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Link to CSIRO Strategy 2020

Super sugar: Hope for new antibiotics as researchers develop compound to fight superbug bacteria

ABC News 22 July 2015

A team of Queensland scientists has found a way to fight superbugs using the bacteria’s own sugar.

University of Queensland scientists said new antibiotics that were unlikely to develop resistance were urgently needed to combat the rise of superbugs — drug-resistant bacteria.

The new compound acts as a Trojan horse, disguising itself as a bacteria’s own sugar, before stopping the bacteria from the inside.

Professor Matt Cooper from the University of Queensland said the compound was not sucrose, but instead a unique type of sugar.

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