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Breeding mosquitoes; turning Aussie wheat into Indonesian exports; connecting land and sea; the first 1,000 days of life

Australia Indonesia Centre, Media releases

Aus indo logoToday in Surabaya, the 3rd Indonesia-Australia Research Summit discusses research to change lives including:

  • What happens when islands and remote communities get electricity? How does 24/7 power change families, businesses, and hierarchies?
  • Families hatching and releasing mosquitoes to fight dengue
  • Joint competitive advantage – working together to build our economies
    • Australian wheat becomes Indonesian noodles for global export
    • Australian cotton and rayon transform into Indonesian fashion exports
  • How higher education in Indonesia and Australia can drive national innovation goals
  • Building sustainable and resilient port cities
    • Improving the health of trains and tracks – for port and transport efficiency and safety
    • Creating the infrastructure for electric cars
    • Connecting land and sea in island nations
  • Bringing primary care to communities
    • Finding out who is dying and why – a national register
    • Student experiences in saving mums’ lives
    • Local nutrition resources to fight the obesity epidemic
    • Investing in the first 1,000 days of life in indigenous communities
    • A healthy start to life – the national approach
  • Urban water
    • Water sensitive cities – how to get there in Bogor and Jakarta
    • Eco-technologies for urban rivers
    • Urban flood modelling
  • Energy
    • Remote electrification – stories from the solar frontline
    • Creating a sustainable energy market for millions of Indonesians.

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Ports that work; saving children’s lives; water smart cities and more

Australia Indonesia Centre, Media releases

Aus indo logoToday in Surabaya, the 3rd Indonesia-Australia Research Summit with research to change lives including:

  • Making ports that work with rail, road, and the surrounding communities
  • Could vitamin D reduce child deaths?
  • Designing the coolest and most energy-efficient tropical houses
  • What do children learn about diet and nutrition on the street: from advertising to school posters and street rubbish?
  • How do island and remote communities change with access to 24/7 power?

These are some of the challenges being tackled by researchers from 11 Indonesian and Australian universities meeting today and tomorrow in Surabaya for the 3rd Indonesia-Australia Research Summit.

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Cityscape Of Surabaya

Scientific bollocks; NASA’s hunt for life; biotech, the virus slayer; and racing single cells in the Slime Mould Cup

Media releases, National Science Week

Sunday 21 August 2015

Highlights from Day 9 of National Science Week

2It’s the final day of National Science Week with 760 events and activities, and dozens of great stories and talent, including:

Brisbane: Engineer and test fly paper planes and whirly bird helicopters.

Sydney:

Canberra: Why NASA’s hunt for water in the solar system is the hunt for life.

Melbourne:

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Up close with a virtual reality dinosaur; on water matter; building LEGO particle detectors; and music for plants?

Media releases, National Science Week

Saturday 20 August 2015

Highlights from Day 8 of National Science Week

1It’s the penultimate day of Science Week’s nine-day week with 790 events and activities, and dozens of great stories and talent, including:

Brisbane: Superbugs, sea level rise, baby stress, and seabird conservation: Soapbox Science spruiks discoveries in King George Square.

Sydney:

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30,000 people identify 800,000 animals – Australia’s online wildlife census is working!

ABC projects, Media releases

wildlife

Scientists are thanking the 30,000 Australians who have gone online and spotted more than 800,000 animals in 680,000 images through the ABC’s Wildlife Spotter project, helping scientists monitor Australia’s wildlife, their predators and pests.

But there’s still more work to be done, with hundreds of thousands of pictures of animals taken by automated ‘camera traps’ needing to be done.

“You’re helping us save bandicoots and other animals,” says Deakin University ecologist Euan Ritchie. “And you’re literally saving us years of work, so we can get ahead with understanding and protecting our wildlife.”

Anyone with a tablet or computer and an internet connection can join – head to www.wildlifespotter.net.au to start spotting and identifying the wildlife caught on camera.  [click to continue…]

The scent of a Sav Blanc; fats, fads and navigating nutrition; and a whisky-powered jet engine?

Media releases, National Science Week

Science Week highlights for foodies

Wednesday 17 August 2016

Talent, researchers, experts, and other interesting people available for interview and photo opportunities around the country.

  • 3 foodiesThe science of beer, wine and chocolate –Ipswich, South Brisbane and Toowoomba, QLD
  • What’s whisky got to do with climate change and could there be a whisky-powered jet engine? – Parkes, ACT
  • The science and scent of a Sav Blanc – North Adelaide, SA
  • Drones in the vines – Pokolbin, NSW
  • The science of chocolate, make your own sherbet and a special space-guest at Queen Vic Market – Melbourne, VIC
  • Gluco-what? Poly-huh? The science of what’s in our food and on the label – Ultimo, NSW
  • DNA: what makes fruit a fruit, and a human a human? – Falcon, WA
  • Make your own gin with scientific equipment – Canberra, ACT
  • Fads, facts and a tasting tour of a training restaurant – Geraldton, WA

… and there’s more on each below.

Find more National Science Week events online at www.scienceweek.net.au  [click to continue…]

My room had 1,200 penguins. A whisky-powered jet engine? Science denial and bullshit. Innovation summit in Sydney

Media releases, National Science Week

It’s day five of Science Week’s nine-day week with 770 events and dozens of great stories and talent, including:

Canberra:

  • Whisky business: what’s whisky got to do with climate change and could there be a whisky-powered jet engine?
  • 7749668-3x2-700x467[1]An obsession with penguins wins ANU’s Ceridwen Fraser ACT Scientist of the Year.
    She has made 15 trips to Antarctica studying how species survive in extreme conditions through the study of volcanoes, genetics and animal migration.

Sydney:

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Flying robocops; cyber security; and what space robots are next for NASA?

Media releases, National Science Week

Tech highlights from National Science Week

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Local and international talent, researchers, experts, and other interesting people available for interview and photo opportunities around the country.

  • Robots in NASA’s search for ‘Terra-Nova’? – SA, NSW and ACT
  • Flying robocops! Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems – Adelaide, SA
  • Cryptic questions on cyber security – Adelaide, SA
  • What do robots and the Space Age represent for minerals and wealth? – Newcastle, NSW
  • All things quantum, from computing to transport – Carlton, VIC
  • Teaching with technology in the 21st Century – Melbourne, VIC

… and there’s more on each below.

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Bounty from space science; biotech; and building bridges and bright young minds

Media releases, National Science Week

Innovation-focused events around Australia

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Local and international talent, researchers, experts, and other interesting people available for interview and photo opportunities around the country.

  • Where is Australia’s innovative future headed? The inaugural AFR Innovation Summit ­– Pyrmont, NSW
  • What do robots and the Space Age represent for minerals and wealth? – Newcastle, NSW
  • From the sheep’s back to the resources boom: what’s next? – Brisbane, QLD
  • World Biotech Tour comes to Scitech – West Perth, WA
  • What will NASA’s search for ‘Terra Nova’ yield? – SA, NSW and ACT
  • Can smart technology save our planet? – Ultimo, NSW
  • A multinational engineering company is building bridges from sticks, string and cardboard, with kids – Darwin, NT
  • Surveying oceans with robots – Launceston, TAS
  • The global biohacking revolution – Eveleigh, NSW

… and there’s more on each below.

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Astronomy at Uluru; the science behind boomerangs; and #footyneurons

Media releases, National Science Week

Indigenous science stories from National Science Week

Tuesday 16 August 2015

Talent, researchers, experts, and other interesting people available for interview and photo opportunities around the country.

  • Students explore Indigenous science, artefacts, bushfoods and demonstrations – Sydney, NSW
  • Neural Knitworks to stop sporting concussions – Sydney, NSW
  • The science of weaving and super seeds – Narrung, SA
  • Boomerangs, bush tucker, rockets and robots: traditional tool making meets contemporary science – Balga, WA
  • Aboriginal science at the museum – Albury, NSW
  • Howling wood to talk to distant neighbours – Wagga Wagga, NSW
  • Walk the walk of the ancient Aboriginal people – Eden, NSW
  • Astronomy in Uluru – Yulara, NT

… and there’s more on each below.

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Floral fragrances; future medicine; and science, fear and Facebook

Media releases, National Science Week

Lifestyle stories from National Science Week

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Talent, researchers, experts, and other interesting people available for interview and photo opportunities around the country.

  • Are you a human or an ecosystem? What can we learn from ancient DNA? – Adelaide, SA
  • Risky business or worried well? The science of why and what we fear – Melbourne, VIC
  • 2084: How future medicine will create a happier world – University of Sydney, NSW
  • Meet the Mars Lab’s rovers and step inside the Large Hadron Collider – Ultimo, NSW
  • Make your own perfume and fabric dye with flowers – Hopetoun, WA
  • So you think you can science? Vote for your favourite science staff video – National

… and there’s more on each below.

Find more National Science Week events online at www.scienceweek.net.au.    [click to continue…]

Looking for the next young Attenborough, energy innovation, and what would you save from extinction?

Media releases, National Science Week

Environment and energy highlights from Science Week: 13-21 August

Monday 15 August 2016

  • The search for the next young David Attenborough – South Brisbane, QLD
  • What’s next for renewables? Explore the CSIRO Energy Centre – Newcastle, NSW
  • What’s happening down south and why should we care? – Hobart and Launceston, TAS
  • Are plant barcodes the future of conservation? – Kings Park, WA
  • Which ten species would you save from extinction? – Sydney, NSW
  • Solar innovation for the harsh Aussie environment – Darwin, NT
  • Corals and tree rings tell tales of our past climates – East Maitland, NSW
  • The Big Climate Trivia Night – Civic, ACT
  • Levee tour: see a city’s flood defences – Wagga Wagga, NSW

… and there’s more on each below.

Find more National Science Week events online at www.scienceweek.net.au  [click to continue…]

Curing blindness by repairing corneas with invisible films

Fresh Science

A patented treatment could restore eyesight for millions of sufferers of corneal disease.

The University of Melbourne–led team of researchers have grown corneal cells on a layer of film that can be implanted in the eye to help the cornea heal itself. They have successfully restored vision in animal trials and are aiming to move to human trials next year.

Berkay Photo - Fresh Science ProfileVictor Fortmann’s vision in one eye failed following a condition called bullous keratopathy. Two donated cornea transplants restored his sight for a period, but he now needs a third to restore his vision in that eye.

Over 2000 corneal transplants are conducted in Australia each year. But globally there’s a shortage of donated corneas, and the resulting loss in vision affects about 10 million people worldwide.

“We believe that our new treatment performs better than a donated cornea, and we hope to eventually use the patient’s own cells, reducing the risk of rejection,” says Berkay Ozcelik who developed the film working at the University of Melbourne.

“Further trials are required but we hope to see the treatment trialled in patients next year,” he says.

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Audio: science advocate Alan Alda

National Science Week

Here is audio from an interview with American actor, director, screenwriter and science advocate Alan Alda.

Alan played an important role in the creation of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. We’re delighted to have him as an ambassador for National Science Week.

Download Alan Alda interview audio mp3 (7MB download)

Health and medical highlights from Science Week

National Science Week

Fear and Facebook, future medicine, and the Broncos vs ballerinas fitness challenge

  • listingimage-300x160Broncos vs ballerinas in a fitness challenge – Brisbane, QLD
  • Health lessons from the Neanderthals – Adelaide (SA)
  • Risky business or worried well? Science, fear and Facebook – Melbourne, VIC
  • What has a 50-year population health study found? – Busselton, WA
  • Will we be happier in 2084, thanks to future medicine? – Camperdown, NSW
  • Diabetes, heart disease, obesity: a looming healthcare crisis? – Westmead, NSW
  • Mobile health checks for Territorians – multiple locations across NT
  • Superbugs, the science of scent, and pharmaceutical science on the big screen – Parkville, VIC
  • Seeing clearly: what’s the latest from eye and vision science? – Nedlands, WA

… and there’s more on each below.

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NASA’s hunt for life; spot wildlife not Pokémon; and evil weevils in your pantry

Media releases, National Science Week

National Science Week starts tomorrow with over 1,700 events from Darwin to Antarctica

  • lightbulb_explosion_with_textIs that an evil weevil? What pests are in your pantry? – from Saturday 13 August across WA
  • Dinosaurs, bees, and a shark in a bus – Saturday 13 August in Sydney
  • Bleaching hits a crocheted coral reef – in Darwin all next week
  • How hard is it to get scientists to believe BS (bad science)? – Wednesday in Adelaide
  • Born in Atherton, he co-invented lasers –Wednesday to Saturday in Townsville/Atherton/Cairns
  • What do changes in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica mean for Tasmania? – Tuesday in Hobart, Wednesday in Launceston
  • The muddy trenches of World War I and the mucus-lined trenches of a nurse’s gut – a graphic novel – Saturday 20 August in Melbourne

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Arts stories from Science Week

National Science Week

Bleaching hits a crocheted coral reef in Darwin all next week

The muddy trenches of World War I and the mucus-lined trenches of a nurse’s gut – a graphic novel – Saturday 20th in Melbourne, VIC

Improvised climate change in Melbourne tonight, 11 August

Sex, dragons and music – Homer’s Iliad for lizards tonight, 11 August in Acton, ACT

How synthesisers revolutionised pop culture – this Sunday in Wagga Wagga, NSW

Plus

  • Keith-Armstrong-Light-of-Extinction-2014.-Image-Bryan-Spencer-web-1200x799Indigenous music, science and art that’s ‘All in the Mind’ – next Tuesday in Cairns, QLD
  • Celestial wilderness exhibition – next week in York, WA
  • The sights, sounds and science of a ‘River Journey’ – Paddington, NSW
  • Movement and drawing on an Antarctic journey – multiple events in Hobart, TAS
  • New media exploring the ocean’s depths – now on, with panel talk next Thursday in Ultimo, NSW

More on each below.

Find more National Science Week events online at www.scienceweek.net.au  [click to continue…]

The ABC’s Wildlife Spotter is off to a brilliant start

ABC projects, National Science Week

Media release from ABC Radio National

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Australian wildlife scientists need all eyeballs on deck this August to help them study where Australia’s wild things are, as part of Wildlife Spotter — the ABC’s citizen science project for National Science Week (1321 August 2016). 

Since its launch on Monday 1 August:

  • 133,601 images have been identified, and
  • 153,463 animals have been
  • spotted by 7,290 citizen scientists.

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Wine science; Bull S…cience; flying robocops; and a ‘rock’ musical

Media releases, National Science Week

South Australia launches National Science Week tonight

4 August 2015, launch at 5pm, Goyder Pavilion Mezzanine, Adelaide Showground

  • Flying robocops: how are Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems being used by SA police?
  • Going batty: are you living with tiny bats that you can’t see?
  • America’s 1950s Dyna-Soar spaceplane
  • Moonlandings, global warming, and vaccinations – all science conspiracies, right? WRONG.
    But how hard is it to get scientists to believe BS (bad science)?
  • The chemistry of your buttery chardonnay
  • Plus Brian Cox, dolphins after dark, space robots and more.

More than 170 National Science Week events will be held across the state – these are just some of the highlights. More on each below.

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