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Scientists Told to Get Dirty

By Simon Grose

Science Minister Chris Evans is a no-nonsense, tough-talking coach who has given Team Science a reality check.

Simon Grose is a Director of Science Media (sciencemedia.com.au).

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The Last of the Flying Giants

Pelagornis

Its 5–6 metre wingspan, narrow wing shape and light skeleton would have made Pelagornis an efficient long-distance glider. Credit: Peter Trusler/Museum Victoria

By Erich Fitzgerald

For 55 million years, giant seabirds with serrated beaks successfully soared above the waves before vanishing 2.5 million years ago. Now fossils uncovered in Melbourne show for the first time that these bizarre birds called Australia home and reached every continent, deepening the mystery of their extinction.

Erich Fitzgerald is Senior Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology at Museum Victoria.

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Stem Cell Researchers Win Nobel Prize

By Michael Cook

The development of induced pluripotent stem cells overturned conventional thinking and removed the ethical issues associated with the destruction of embryos.

Michael Cook is editor of the online bioethics newsletter BioEdge.

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Wind Energy Blows Strong

By Ian Lowe

South Australia’s wind farms are generating almost one-quarter of the state’s energy needs.

Ian Lowe is Emeritus Professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University.

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The Value of an Old Tree in the City

By Karen Ikin

Large old trees provide a significant biodiversity benefit that should be factored in by governments when managing biodiversity.

Karen Ikin is a researcher with the Environmental Decisions Group. She is based at the Australian National University.

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Ozone Protection Is a Warming Issue

Credit: iStockphoto

For the past 3 years there have been efforts to list under the Montreal Protocol a group of substances that replace the CFCs and HCFCs but do not contain chlorine and therefore cannot harm the ozone layer. Credit: iStockphoto

By Ian D. Rae

Ozone-depleting chemicals may have been phased out under the Montreal Protocol, but the global warming potential of their replacements is thousands of times greater than carbon dioxide.

Ian Rae is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He is co-chair of the Montreal Protocol’s Chemicals Technical Options Committee, and a member of the Technology and Economic Advisory Panel. These expert groups provide technical information and are not involved in advocacy or policy formulation.

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When ARTG and CAM Spell SFA

By Rachael Dunlop

Recent moves to improve the regulation of alternative medicines looked promising until the Therapeutic Goods Administration caved under pressure from the industry.

Rachael Dunlop is a medical researcher focusing on the causes of motor neurone disease. She is a Vice President of Australian Skeptics Inc, blogs at The Skeptics Book of Pooh Pooh, and tweets @DrRachie.

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