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Water Research – Contents Pages

Table of Contents  |   Volume 76, Pages 1-226 (1 June 2015)

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WWII mustard gas dumped off Cape Moreton

Brisbane Times Tony Moore April 17, 2015

More than 8000 tonnes of chemical weapons, mostly mustard gas, dumped off Moreton Island in 1945 after World War II pose little danger to the general public, according to the Department of Defence.
However the department says there has been no testing on the mustard gas shells, bombs, grenades and tear gas grenades that were dumped in deep water in two, five kilometre-wide dump zones on the ocean side of Cape Moreton.
And it remains unclear if any biological tests have ever been conducted in the nearby Cape Moreton Marine Park 70 years later.

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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.

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Queensland researchers develop world-first water recycling system, discover valuable worm industry

ABC Rural news Marty McCarthy 9 April, 2015

Farming sustainably can often be expensive, but Queensland researchers have found a way for aquaculture to profit from being eco-friendly, by growing worms in waste water.
Marine biologists at the Bribie Island Aquaculture Research Centre, north of Brisbane, have developed a system that recycles aquaculture waste water through sand filtration.

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Chlorine use in sewage treatment could promote antibiotic resistance

(American Chemical Society 22 March 2015) Chlorine, a disinfectant used in most wastewater treatment plants, may be failing to eliminate pharmaceuticals from wastes. As a result, trace levels get discharged from the treatment plants into waterways. Now, scientists are reporting that chlorine treatment may encourage the formation of new, unknown antibiotics that could enter the environment, potentially contributing to the problem of antibiotic resistance. They will present the research at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

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Women still find it tough to reach the top in science

The Conversation Sharon Bell 24 March 2015

Women are playing an increasing role in science today but there are still barriers that can prevent them from achieving success comparable to their male colleagues. This feeds the argument that there is a gender pay gap in earnings in science, although that doesn’t tell the full story of the challenges facing women scientists.

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