Category Archives: Science – General

General Public health and other interesting cross-topic subjects.

Why a national science strategy is good for Australia

The Conversation Tanya Monro 16 April 2015

This week saw the welcome news that the federal government has committed to pursuing a national science strategy.
Following a meeting on Monday with the Commonwealth Science Council, of which I am a member, the Minister for Industry and Science, Ian Macfarlane, has indicated he will consult with the science sector to agree on a number of research priorities that will help direct funding.
This is good news not only for scientists and research institutions, but also for the nation as a whole, and especially for the interaction between science and industry.
Australia has some amazing strengths in science. The Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report shows us that our research in physics, astronomy, agriculture – to pick a few – is at the forefront of world activities in terms of citations and academic impact. Our best research is indeed internationally leading.

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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.

View the full-list of awards


Intergenerational report flawed: Dr Karl

Sydney Morning Herald | April 15, 2015

Scientist Karl Kruszelnicki regrets fronting government ads promoting a controversial new report savaged for its lack of focus on climate change.

Dr Kruszelnicki, who has been appearing in TV ads promoting the Abbott government’s Intergenerational Report, now says it is a flawed document and has questioned its independence.

He says there’s little on climate change in the report, which is supposed to be a 40-year outlook on Australian society and the economy.  Continue reading…


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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WHO: Nine common infectious diseases now resist antibiotics | April 1, 2015

NINE of the most common infectious diseases are now resistant to antibiotic treatment, according to a report from the World Health Organisation.

Unless more is done to clamp down on the overuse of antibiotics, medical treatment could be dragged back seventy years to the era before their discovery, when common infections could kill.  Continue reading…

Australia’s scientists forced to rely on pseudo-science to be taken seriously in Canberra

The Sydney Morning Herald | Business Day | April1, 2015 | Gareth Hutchens

It’s a shame that scientists have to stoop so low.

Australia’s well-regarded Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, released a report last week that was soaked in good intentions.

It was called “The Importance of Advanced Physical and Mathematical Sciences to the Australian Economy”, and it estimated how much Australia’s economy has benefited from the past two decades of scientific research.  Continue reading…

1,000-year-old onion and garlic eye remedy kills MRSA

BBC News 31 March 2014

A 1,000-year-old treatment for eye infections could hold the key to killing antibiotic-resistant superbugs, experts have said.  They were “astonished” to find it almost completely wiped out staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as MRSA.  Their findings will be presented at a national microbiology conference.

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