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Botulism Paralysed

Botox injection

Botox acts by paralysing small groups of muscles when injected in the face.

By Callista Harper & Frederic A. Meunier

A new class of inhibitors could prevent infection by a neurotoxin classified as a Category A biological weapon.

A/Prof Frederic A. Meunier is a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and head of the Neuronal Trafficking Laboratory at the Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland. Callista Harper is a PhD student in his group.

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Browse Briefs

By Stephen Luntz

Brief bites of science news for subscribers only.

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Jagged Little Pill

By Michael Cook

If a morality pill can induce moral behaviour, what could governments do with an “immorality pill” to control its citizens, law enforcers and soldiers?

Michael Cook is editor of the bioethics newsletter BioEdge.

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Like a Rinehart Cowboy

By Ian Lowe

Will more anti-climate change cowboys ride into the media spotlight following Gina Rinehart’s purchase of a stake in Fairfax?

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

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Opinions Under Fire

By Phil Gibbons

An analysis of Victoria’s Black Saturday fires has provided important evidence about which factors save houses. The study highlights the difference between opinion and evidence.

Dr Philip Gibbons 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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How a Woman’s Fertility Affects Men’s Speech

By Magdeline Lum

Men become more creative in their conversations when they detect subtle signals that a woman is fertile.

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Checking the Facts

By Peter Bowditch

How much can you rely on what you read without checking the facts yourself?

Peter Bowditch is a former President of Australian Skeptics Inc. (www.skeptics.com.au).

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“Ping Pong” Planets

By David Reneke

News from the space and astronomy communities around the world.

David Reneke is an astronomy lecturer and teacher, a feature writer for major Australian newspapers and magazines, and a science correspondent for ABC and commercial radio. Subscribe to David’s free Astro-Space newsletter at www.davidreneke.com

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Enhancing Women’s Career Prospects

By Mark Toner

Women need better career options and more control over their professional lives.

Dr Mark Toner FTSE is a company director and management consultant and Immediate Past Chair of Australian Science Innovations. With Gunilla Burrowes he runs a gender consulting business, Gender Matters. Ms Burrowes is an electrical engineer with extensive experience with gender issues in engineering.

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New Books

By Stephen Luntz

Your guide to new science books this month.

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