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The Ethics of Modelling Costs

By Eric Crampton

Methodological tricks can deliver headline-grabbing numbers for a good cause, but at the risk of subverting public policy and compromising professional integrity.

A Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Canterbury, Dr Eric Crampton blogs at http://offsettingbehaviour.blogspot.com.au/

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Energy Twins

By Simon Grose

If two of the world’s biggest economies are any guide, the energy future will not be clean.

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

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Boosting Performance at the Paralympics

By Michael Cook

Up to one-third of Paralympians in London may have harmed themselves to boost blood flow.

Michael Cook is editor of the on-line bioethics newsletter BioEdge.

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Landcare Evolves, But Beancounters Haven’t

By Ian Lowe

It makes more economic sense to trash the farm for short-term profit than to farm it sustainably.

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

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The Reality of Biodiversity Offsets

By Martine Maron and Richard Hobbs

Many of the expectations for biodiversity offsetting remain unsupported by evidence.

Martine Maron and Richard Hobbs are both researchers with the Environmental Decisions Group. Martine is based at the University of Queensland, and Richard is at the University of Western Australia.

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Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog

By John Dwyer

Modern pharmacology is among the most rigorous of sciences. After all, the health of millions depends on pharmacologists getting it right, but what has happened to those who dispense those products – the men and woman of modern pharmacy?

John Dwyer, Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of NSW, is an Immunologist and medical educator with a long history of involvement in efforts to protect the public from health care fraud. He is a co-founder of Friends of Science in Medicine.

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Organic Food: What’s In It For Me?

By Peter Bowditch

A metastudy analyses the health benefits of eating organic foods.

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

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Magnetars and Exoplanets

By Dave 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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Open Innovation: Work With Your Competitors

By Erol Harvey

Clients, customers, buyers and competitors are innovation sources second only in importance to internal employees.

Erol Harvey FTSE is CEO of MiniFAB (Aust) Pty Ltd, a product development company and manufacturer of polymer-based microfluidic, lab-on-a-chip diagnostic devices. He is a former Professor of Microtechnology at Swinburne University.

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Robo-Roach Rescue

By Magdeline Lum

A microelectronic controller could soon make cockroaches useful in dangerous search-and-rescue and reconnaissance missions.

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