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Bioperversity in the Plantation

By David Salt

A narrow focus on carbon in commercial plantations could yield a number of unwelcome surprises.

David Salt is a science writer at the Australian National University and is part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions.

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When Religion and Medicine Disagree

By Peter Bowditch

Should doctors be able to overrule parents who refuse life-saving treatments for their children due to religious beliefs?

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

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Black Holes Grow Fat by Eating Stars

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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Costly Copulation

By Magdeline Lum

Wasps and bats upsize their meals when they catch prey that are in the act of mating.

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Let’s Get Positive about Innovation

By Alan Finkel

Recognition and acceptance that we will fail from time to time is a necessary part of belief that we can succeed.

Dr Alan Finkel AM FTSE is Chancellor of Monash University, President-elect of ATSE, former CTO of Better Place Australia and Chairman of the Australian Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics. For 20 years Dr Finkel ran Axon Instruments, an American company that made electronic instruments used by pharmaceutical companies. He established the Australian Course in Advanced Neuroscience to provide advanced training to young scientists and the STELR secondary school science program, administered by ATSE, which is currently running in nearly 300 secondary schools around Australia.

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Early Autism Diagnosis

By Stephen Luntz

Josie Barbaro has pioneered a new method of autism diagnosis, and many children are already reaping the benefits.

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A Critical Juncture for Intellectual Property

By Christoph Antons

Efforts to establish a global IP authority have provoked debate over where intellectual property becomes theft and piracy becomes community action.

Professor Antons is a Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation at Deakin University’s School of Law.

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Two Tales from the City

By Simon Grose

The Nobel Laureate and the Minister choose different drinks at the Australian Innovation Bar.

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

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Briefs

By Stephen Luntz

Chocolate, mango and blueberry benefits, forensic advances and more.

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