Category Archives: Science – General

General Public health and other interesting cross-topic subjects.

Animal testing: Could it ever be banned completely?

ABC News Bianca Nogrady 19 August 2016

There’s an uncomfortable truth to modern medicine.
That drug you take for your high blood pressure, the vaccine to prevent infectious disease, the pill to avoid pregnancy, the medical ointment for your skin condition, or even the pacemaker keeping your arrhythmia in check — all of those and more have, at one time, been tested on a live animal.
In between the testing of a new chemical compound on cell cultures in a laboratory and the time that compound is first given to a live human, it will almost certainly be administered to mice, rats, rabbits and perhaps even a primate.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-19/animal-testing-could-it-ever-be-banned-completely/7748214

Event – Australian Academy of Science

The Science of Life and Death – Queensland Museum, South Brisbane 16 September 2016

Come and join us for a look at the science of MURDER!

Poisons, venom and a peek in to what makes a killer.

Come and take a dark and intriguing look at the history of poisons and venoms in war; the ingredients that make a murderer; modern murders with strange new weapons; and ways in which we’re using poison to murder cancer cells.

Join MC Bernie Hobbs to learn more, as Dr Aaron Sell pulls back the curtain on the mind of a murderer, Dr Harendra Parekh peers into poison, and Associate Professor Bryan Fry shares what he’s learned from a life studying venom.

When: Doors open at 6pm on Friday 16 September, talk begins at 6:30pm.
Where: Queensland Museum – Corner Grey & Melbourne Streets, South Brisbane.

We hope you can join us for an evening of science to die for…

Grab your tickets for the event . General admission is $35, concession tickets are $25.

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The dodgy academic journals publishing anti-vaxxers and other ‘crappy science’

The Sydney Morning Herald Timna Jacks August 18 2016

When HIV/AIDS deniers, anti-vaxxers and chemtrail conspiracy theorists started citing “peer-reviewed” research, Associate Professor Michael Brown smelt a rat.
After a quick Google search, the Monash University astronomer discovered a booming black market ensnaring his profession.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/the-dodgy-academic-journals-publishing-antivaxxers-and-other-crappy-science-20160817-gquu3z.html

CSIRO industry partnerships help science agency cope with funding cuts

ABC News 15 August 2016

Australia’s premier science agency, the CSIRO, has ramped up its partnerships with business and universities to get more high tech products out on the market.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-15/csiro-industry-partnerships-cope-with-funding-cuts/7736304

Conference Alert – International Conference in Medicine and Public Health

International Conference in Medicine and Public Health; 20-23 September 2016; Melbourne Australia

All aspects of Medicine, Public Health and Biological Sciences including: – Anatomy; Parasitiology, Pathology, Genetics, Forensic Science, Public Health, Environmental and Health Science Biology, Pharmacology of chemical elements, Molecular biology, Chemical pathology, Microbiology

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Conference Alert – International Conference on Environment, Chemistry and Biology

5th International Conference on Environment, Chemistry and Biology; 26-28 November 2016; Sydney Australia

ICECB 2016 is sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering Society (APCBEES). It is one of the leading international conferences for presenting novel and fundamental advances in the fields of Environment, Chemistry and  Biology. It also serves to foster communication among researchers and practitioners working in a wide variety of scientific areas with a common interest in improving Environment, Chemistry and  Biology related techniques.

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Oakey water contamination: Residents say they won’t stop fighting

Courier Mail Rhian Deutrom 6 August 2016

The chemicals, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), are key components in a fire-fighting foam called Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF), which the Australian Defence Force used during training exercises at bases around Australia. At Oakey, it discharged 1.2 megalitres of AFFF between 1977 and 2003.

Article discusses origins for PFOS and PFOA, US contamination and litigation and personal stories of Oakey residents.

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