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Australasian Science Magazine Issue September 2011

Image © Commonwealth of Australia Department of Defence
Cover Story: Bloody Battle
Soldiers suffering catastrophic blood loss often die on the battlefield before they can be evacuated, but emerging science is targeting new ways to stabilise the heart and circulation to buy time and save lives.
Olympic Dam image courtesy BHP Billiton
Cover Story: The Olympic Dam Story
The discovery of the Olympic Dam mine is a story of innovative geologists who defied conventional thinking, and the corporate leaders who maintained faith in them.
An elevated view of four of CSIRO’s new ASKAP antennas at the Murchison Radio-As
Feature: Something Kind of Awesome
This month Australia and New Zealand join forces to submit their bid to host one of the biggest science projects ever – the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope.
Dr Bryan Fry with a desert spotted monitor.
Feature: I ❤ Lizard Venom
Toxins found in lizard venom can reduce blood pressure, opening the possibility of developing them as drugs to treat heart disease.
image credit Juan Sagardia
Feature: Vicars & Vagrants
DNA studies of New Zealand’s birds are causing a rethink of the importance of colonisation events in the evolution of its endemic species.
Feature: Ageing Young
New evidence suggests that age-related diseases can begin to develop much earlier than we expect, making prevention more important than cure.
Sunflower seeds are an attractive system for making protein drugs.
Feature: The Perfect Pill?
A protein found in sunflower seeds could be the key to developing plants as pharmaceutical factories.
Might vitamins actually be harmful for cancer patients? Image: iStockphoto
Feature: Vitamin Danger for Cancer Patients
Cancer patients need to think twice before adding vitamins to their treatment.
conSCIENCE: A New Approach to Research Evaluation
The system used to assess the quality of Australian research needs refinement to recognise the value of applied research.
Cool Careers: Gorilla Warfare
Rachel Lowry has initiated campaigns that have helped gorilla conservation and reduced the use of palm oil in food.
Directions: Pricing Carbon to Fix the Problem
Peter Laver says that Australia should look closely at rewarding emissions reductions rather than just taxing emissions production.
Eco Logic: Species vs Landscape: A False Dichotomy
It’s not a question of focusing on landscape or species, because they’re inseparable. You can’t conserve the landscape without accounting for what’s happening at the species level.
Eureka!: Public Shaming for the Greater Good
Social media may be leading to more altruistic behaviour among its users.
Expert Opinion: Status Quo for Australian Stem Cell Science
A review of Australian stem cell legislation has recommended that researchers should be allowed to use human embryos to create stem cells but only in licensed research projects.
Lowe Tech: Victoria’s “Scientific” Grazing Farce
Is Victoria’s alpine grazing trial any different to Japan’s whaling “research”?
Naked Skeptic: Denialists Ignore the Science
The media are favouring economic and ideological interests over the science in debates about climate change and genetic modification.
Out of this World: Asteroids Rock
David Reneke brings news from the space and astronomy communities around the world.
Quandary: Tabloid Bioethics
Tabloid journalism gives bioethical issues the social relevance that academic debates lack.
Simon Says: Greenpeaceasauras
Is this green warrior tribe a vulnerable species?
Online Feature: Google has changed the way students research – and not for the better
A US study found that students use research databases like they use Google — which limits the results they turn up.
Online Feature: A higher calling, but does altitude training work?
Some professional sporting teams spend the off season at high altitude, but how effective is this?