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Australasian Science Magazine Issue March/April 2019

Cover Story: The Psychedelic Renaissance
Recent studies are finding that psychedelic medicines are effective treatments for mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction.
Feature: The Immediate Risks of Gas Production to Water Resources
Public concerns about unconventional gas production focus on contamination of aquifers deep below the surface, yet the most immediate risk to water resources is right before our eyes.
Feature: One Eye on the Future
The newly appreciated relevance of pupillary studies conducted in the 1960s provides a cautionary tale about the modern metrics used to evaluate which research projects should gain funding.
Feature: The Wide Net of Seafood Slavery
Labour abuses are allowing fishing fleets to remain profitable while depleting fisheries ever-further from the coast.
Feature: Why Don’t Birds Fall Over When They Take Off?
An analysis of the biomechanics of the powerful jump of a bird taking flight gives inspiration for the future of agile robots.
Feature: Rewilding Australia
Sometimes the best way to conserve biodiversity is to stand back and let wild animals do the hard work of ecological management.
Feature: The Diversity of Dingo Diets
From crustaceans to camels, Australia’s top predator dines out on hundreds of vertebrate species, including threatened animals and pests.
Feature: Future Chemistry from the Distant Past
Enzymes resurrected from the past can survive tough industrial conditions better than their modern-day counterparts, leading to safer drugs and better biofuels.
Australasian Sky: This Month's Star Chart
Your maps of the night sky for March and April.
conSCIENCE: Whales and Sharks Must Be Protected from Global Shipping
Road ecology is being applied to shipping routes to stop marine giants from becoming “roadkill”.
The Bitter Pill: Does Osteopathy Have Better Scientific Credentials Than Chiropractic?
A continuing misperception exists among healthcare providers: that the origins of osteopathy are less pseudoscientific than its 19th century counterpart, chiropractic.
Directions: Driverless Cars Will Not Solve Traffic Congestion
Driverless cars are yet another lie we’ve been told about reducing congestion in our cities.
Eco Logic: Planning for Sea-Level Rise Using Portfolio Theory
Economics has many ways of dealing with uncertainty. Conservation scientists are incorporating one such approach to designing networks of marine reserves that will perform better as sea level rises.
Expert Opinion: Smoking Dope Just Once as a Teen Could Change Your Brain
Teenagers who say they have only smoked cannabis once or twice have both structural and cognitive changes to their brains.
Lowe Tech: Sustainable Food Production on the Menu
A scientific report has set targets for a healthy diet derived from sustainable food production.
Naked Skeptic: Keep the Eyes on the Prize
The achievements of a number of Nobel Laureates have been misappropriated by purveyors of pseudoscience.
Neuropsy: The Dark Side
A new study suggests that dark personality traits are the expression of a single underlying disposition.
Out of this World: New Theory to Explain “Alien Probe” Asteroid
A new theory explains the true identity of an “alien probe” asteroid, and the development of Australia’s first space telescope is underway.
Quandary: Antibiotics: Which Lives Matter?
Resistance to antibiotics is growing. Are you prepared to go without them to save the lives of future generations?
Up Front: Transplant Studies Execute “Ethics Dump”
The organs of executed Chinese prisoners have been widely used to bypass ethical guidelines restricting Western researchers.