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Chubb Reviews the Health of Australian Science

By Ian Lowe

Australia’s Chief Scientist has found that the Australian science system is healthy and robust, but there are some serious challenges – particularly regarding student enrolments.

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

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What Next for the Stock Route Network?

By Pia Lentini

Eastern Australia could lose one of its greatest environmental and heritage assets, and many of us are not even aware of it.

Pia Lentini is a PhD student working on the conservation value of travelling stock routes. She is based at the Australian National University and is part of the Environmental Decisions Group.

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Dinosaur Farts May Have Warmed the Earth

By Magdeline Lum

Scientists estimate that sauropods emitted substantially more methane than modern ruminants.

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Citation Cold Case

By Peter Bowditch

Advocates of quackery realise that their misquotes of credible sources will not be checked, so that information that is wrong or taken out of context becomes copied until it is considered fact.

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

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New Super-Earth May Be a Waterworld

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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How to Address the Engineering Shortage

By Archie Johnston

Shaping the future of a thriving Australia means addressing the national opportunity cost by building engineering capacity.

Professor Archie Johnston FTSE chairs the ATSE Education Forum and is Dean of Engineering and Information Technologies at The University of Sydney. He was National Chair of the Centre for Leadership and Management, Judging Panel member of the Prime Minister’s Science Prizes, and Chair of the Judging Panel for the Australian Construction Achievement Awards. He was the Sir John Holland 2007 Civil Engineer of the Year and 2007 Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year of the Business and Higher Education Roundtable.

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New books

By Stephen Luntz

Your guide to new science books this month.

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After Fukushima

By Stephen Luntz

A close encounter with Japan’s tsunami and nuclear meltdown led Candice Raeburn to develop new ways to tackle radiation.

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Healthy, But Needs Leadership

By Simon Grose

The Chief Scientist has established a role at the centre of science policy formulation, and flagged his intentions.

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

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Rogue Waves Confirmed

By Stephen Luntz

An Australian–German collaboration has created super rogue waves in a 10 x 1 metre wave tank, swamping a Lego pirate in the process.

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