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Learning about Life from Waves

By Stephen Luntz

Nail Akhmediev believes that the creation of rogue waves at sea could be a useful template for the conditions that gave rise to life on Earth.

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Circuits for Satellites

By Stephen Luntz

For a wide brown land, the prospect of finding water has always been tantalising. Now a final-year engineering student has found a way to contribute to this quest, winning a scholarship to attend the NASA Academy in the process.

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Underwater Acid Lab

By Stephen Luntz

The discovery of carbon dioxide seeps surrounded by coral reefs has given Dr Katharina Fabricius a chance to investigate our oceanic future. The news is not good.

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The Hunt for the Higgs Boson

By Stephen Luntz

Elisabetta Barberio spent the past two decades designing and carrying out experiments that helped to find the Higgs boson.

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Is it possible to add statistics to science? You can count on it

By Terry Speed

The 2013 winner of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science, Terry Speed, reflects on the factors that influenced his career.

I grew up near Merri Creek in Melbourne. In my early life I was interested in trees, leaves, clouds, rocks, yabbies, tadpoles, frogs, earthworms, amoebas, creek and pond water. Later we moved to live near the Elwood canal and Port Philip Bay, and I added sea, sand, shells, seaweed, fish, eels, stingrays, moulds and fossils to my interests.

But with all of them, and much else (books, music, sport), my interests were transient, unfocused and undisciplined – as described by one of my high school report cards, circa 1956:

Chronology from the Depths

By Stephen Luntz

Aimee Komugabe has abandoned a career in finance to examine deep water corals for evidence of climate change 4000 years ago.

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Hazardous Outreach

By Stephen Luntz

Bob Muir is taking chemistry to the public but says safety regulations prevent him from doing the sorts of things he would really like.

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Stars Above, Energy Below

By Stephen Luntz

Outside her research on the birth of the first stars, Rachel Webster is working on the use of geothermal energy in Victoria’s coal fields and running programs to support women in science.

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Bringing Science to Afghan Women

By Stephen Luntz

In her spare time, cancer researcher Nouria Salehi runs an Afghan restaurant as well as programs to teach science to the women of Afghanistan.

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From Vitamins to Solar

By Stephen Luntz

It is not an obvious path from Prof Andrew Holmes’ PhD on the synthesis of vitamin B12 to the next generation of solar cells, but it has now led him back to the University of Melbourne where he completed his undergraduate degree.

It is not an obvious path from Prof Andrew Holmes’ PhD on the synthesis of vitamin B12 to the next generation of solar cells, but it has now led him back to the University of Melbourne where he completed his undergraduate degree.

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