Category Archives: Science – General

General Public health and other interesting cross-topic subjects.

American SciBabe blogger seeks chemical reaction during Science Week

Sydney Morning Herald Suzanne Carbone 15 August 2015

Bringing a dash of comic-book superhero to the science world, the American blogger named SciBabe​ karate chops her way through pseudoscience and the “Dr Google syndrome” by drawing on her degrees in forensic science, chemistry and theatre. Especially the theatre.

It’s unbelievable that she doesn’t have a comedy degree, though she has done stand up, because as a guest at Science Week from August 15-23, she departs from the image of the geek in a white coat with a performance combining one-liners and swear words.

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The real CSI

ABC News Margaret Burin 16 August 2015

Australia’s real-life crime scene investigators say their jobs are not always as sexy as they look on TV.   Every night prime-time television is filled with crime-scene investigation dramas centred on detectives solving complex cases. But how real is what we see on TV?  Meet some of Australia’s real-life CSI professionals, from those who examine blood spatter to those who clean it up.

Features the work of Victoria Police experts and VIFM scientists and pathologists

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Australia’s first bio-hacking lab could revolutionise access to technology for citizen scientists

ABC News Margot O’Neill and Brigid Andersen 14 August 2015

Welcome to the future: citizen scientists cutting and pasting DNA, mapping genes and home brewing insulin.
In suburban Sydney, it might not be too far off.
Australia’s first open molecular laboratory is not open to the public yet but if it gets the required safety approvals it will be a place where scientists or science enthusiasts can get together to experiment.

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AWA/Arup National Water Consumer Survey

AWA/Arup National Water Consumer Survey

The Australian Water Association and Arup are undertaking this survey to understand community attitudes to water. The results will assist the water industry to engage and empower consumers and help make sure that water is available and protected in the future.

Your participation is entirely voluntary and your responses will remain confidential. This survey has five sections which ask about you, your water supply, water suppliers, water pricing and types of water.

Open survey

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

State Library of Queensland Online Resources

Queensland residents have free access to more than 3,000 top-quality courses and 136,000 video tutorials for learning the latest commercial software, creative and business skills through, a web-based video service. Courses cover topics such as business management, leadership, marketing, multimedia, design, web development and more.

The state-wide subscription allows all Queenslanders unlimited access to the online courses from any compatible desktop or portable device, whether on a library computer, at their home or business or on the go.

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