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Technology Underpins Better Water Management

By Brian Spies

Water policy needs to accelerate the development and uptake of efficient technologies that can adapt rapidly to changing climate and population.

Dr Brian Spies FTSE is Deputy Chair of the ATSE Water Forum. His career spans senior research and management roles in resource and environmental sectors in Australia and the USA, and most recently he was Principal Scientist, Sustainability and Climate Change, at the Sydney Catchment Authority.

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New books

By Stephen Luntz

Your guide to new science books this month.

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Lessons from Abroad

By Stephen Luntz

After teaching science in developing countries, Scott Daniel has returned home to develop teaching strategies for large class sizes here.

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Rise Up, Citizen Scientists

Climate change protest

Scientists must play an active part in informing and shaping the debate and in developing technology options. Credit: iStockphoto

By Peter J. Cook

What passes for debate over technological priorities to decarbonise energy production needs to be better informed – and scientists need to lead the discussion.

Professor Peter Cook was the Chief Executive of CO2CRC until August 2011. His book Clean Energy, Climate and Carbon was recently published by CSIRO Press.

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Deselecting “Evolition”

By Simon Says

A report that whooping cough had evaded the current vaccine by mutating epitomises misconceptions about evolution.

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

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By Stephen Luntz

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Eugenics Tackles Climate Change

By Michael Cook

Can a proposal to genetically modify children that are smaller to reduce their carbon footprint be taken seriously?

Michael Cook is editor of the online bioethics news service BioEdge.

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A Short-Cut to Milford Sound

By Ian Lowe

Locals are sceptical of the benefits of plans to increase tourist accessibility to a World Heritage area in New Zealand.

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

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An Elephant out of the Box

By Don Driscoll

Is the suggestion of introducing elephants to control gamba grass in Australia such a ridiculous idea?

Dr Don Driscoll is a Key Researcher with the National Environmental Research Program Environmental Decisions Hub, which forms part of the Environmental Decisions Group.

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Looking at a Photo of Pizza Could Make Food Taste Better...

By Magdeline Lum

... and eating cake at breakfast can help you keep weight off.

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