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A Great Leap Backwards

By Ian Lowe

Queensland’s new government has reduced support for solar energy and resolved to ban the teaching of climate science in schools.

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

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There’s Value in our Island Arks

By Justine Shaw

Investing in conservation management on Australian islands yields a great return.

Justine Shaw is a research fellow at the University of Queensland, and is part of the Environmental Decisions Group.

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From Dresses to Dressings

Wine dress

Bacteria have been developed that can turn wine into a fabric that fits like a second skin. Credit: Ray Scott

By Magdeline Lum

Bacteria have been developed that can turn wine into a fabric that fits like a second skin, and the sexual health of female cyclists can be affected by cycling.

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Homeopathy Watered Down?

By Peter Bowditch

Homeopaths are worried by changes to British and Dutch legislation, with Australia also under review.

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

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Biggest Eye on the Sky

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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The “Good Enough” Education System

By Professor Mary O’Kane

Does Australia have the education system it needs for a vibrant economic future?

Professor Mary O’Kane FTSE is the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer and also Executive Chairman of Mary O’Kane & Associates Pty Ltd, which advises governments, universities and the private sector on innovation, research education and development. She is also Chair of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy and the CRC for Spatial Information.

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The Earth Moves

By Stephen Luntz

Prof Mike Sandiford is putting recent earthquakes, and human activities, into geological context.

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Are We Ready for the Next Drought?

By Craig Simmons

After two La Niña summers, our level of concern about water security is inversely proportional to the water levels in our dams.

Professor Craig Simmons is Director of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training at Flinders University.

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A Particular Challenge

By Simon Grose

The biggest science story of 2012 poses a riddle about a particle locked in a field, wrapped in a mystery and out of the ordinary.

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

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Briefs

By Stephen Luntz

Brief bites of science news for subscribers only.

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