Category Archives: Science – General

General Public health and other interesting cross-topic subjects.

Federal Government’s own review panel calls for science funding

ABC News Jake Sturmer 16 March 2015

The Federal Government’s own Research Infrastructure Review Panel felt the science research funding situation was so serious it had to step in, the ABC has learned.

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‘Carnage’ avoided, scientist says

Sydney Morning Herald AAP 17 March 2015

Nobel Prize winner Brian Schmidt believes the scientific community has avoided “carnage” after the Abbott government backed down on a threat to drop funding for research.

The government decoupled the funding from its university reforms and agreed to commit $150 million until June 2016 while a review into research funding is conducted.

“We’ve lost a few people, but most of the carnage has been avoided,” Professor Schmidt told ABC radio of the uncertainty surrounding the funding.

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Hotter, harder times forecast for the farm as climate changes food production

Sydney Morning Herald Peter hannam 15 March 2015

Australia’s agricultural sector faces profound challenges from climate change over coming decades forcing the migration of some crops and the new varieties of others, a new report by the University of Melbourne researchers has shown.

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Climate change to make steak and chicken taste worse, ruining barbecues for future Aussies

Death better than publicly funded cure: MP

SBS News AAP 16 March 2015

A crossbench senator doesn’t believe the public purse should fund medical research – and he says his stance wouldn’t change if he had a terminal illness.  Senator Leyonhjelm does not believe research should be publicly funded.

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How antibiotic pollution of waterways creates superbugs

The Conversation Michael Gillings 12 March 2015

Humans pollute the world with many chemicals and some of these affect living things, even at very low concentrations. Endocrine-disrupting compounds, which interfere with hormones, are a good example, but recently more concern has been raised about pollution with antibiotics.

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Clinical managing methods for bioterrorism-related infections

BioPrepWatch | March 10, 2015

The New England Journal of Medicine recently released a review discussing how health professionals clinically manage infections and pathogens that can be used as bioweapons.  Continue reading…

Review Article (Full text)

Clinical Management of Potential Bioterrorism-Related Conditions

Amesh A. Adalja, M.D., Eric Toner, M.D., and Thomas V. Inglesby, M.D.

N Engl J Med 2015; 372:954-962March 5, 2015DOI: 10.1056/NEJMra1409755

Former council worker guilty of attempted homeless poisoning

Townsville Bulletin | March 11′ 2015 | Rachel Afflick

A FORMER Townsville City Council worker has been found guilty of trying to poison homeless people at Dean Park.

Neville Douglas Welsh, 65, left out bottles containing a mixture of detergent, methylated spirits, mineral turps and weedkiller to try to poison itinerants at the park while he was employed by the council.  Continue reading…