- Stories of Australia/Japan collaboration; and how to get Japanese science in the Western media – Science in Public are heading to Japan this November for Science Agora.
- Read about this year’s Eureka Prize winners and L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australia & New Zealand Fellows
- Read about the hunt for dark matter in a gold mine, the 3D printed jet engine, insulin in a plant seed, and more in Stories of Australian Science 2015. If you would like copies of this edition, drop me a line. We can supply as few as 20 and can also courier boxes of 80, at cost.
- Learn about what the media needs to bring your science to life with our media training courses.
Finding new drugs for malaria, reducing the impact of earthquakes, sharing light and neutrons, and more.
Below is a collection of stories we developed with the Australian Embassy in Tokyo to tell the stories of Australia-Japan links.
Symposium at Science Agora in Japan
11 am to 12.30 pm, Sunday 15 November, 7th Floor, Miraikan
(English language session)
What turns science into news? What makes a science story international? What are the BBC, New York Times, PBS, The Economist and other international media really looking for in a science story?
This symposium will give Japanese scientists and policy makers guidance on how to get their stories into the mass media in Western countries.
Booth at Science Agora: Japan
Saturday and Sunday, 1st Floor Miraikan
Exploring Antarctic oceans with elephant seals; sharing neutrons; new drugs for malaria; and the prehistory of tsunamis.
Find out about these and other Australia/Japan science collaborations at our booth on the 1st Floor at Mirakan.
80 per cent of girls doing physics in Melbourne pilot program
Monday 14 September
Photo opportunity 12 noon: Scientists, teachers and schoolkids available for interview at La Trobe University where they will be 3D-printing cochlear bones.
Growing Tall Poppies is getting schoolgirls into physics by doing real science, with real scientists.
In their pilot program at Melbourne’s Santa Maria College they’ve increased the retention of girls to Year 12 physics to 80 per cent—and now the program is expanding to other states thanks to Federal Government funding.
The current crop of Tall Poppies are this week participating in hands-on experiments, learning how to image and 3D-print cochlear bones at La Trobe University.
With mentor scientists they’ll be learning about the tiny cochlear bone and how it helps us hear; how X-rays can be used to create 3D models without the need for surgery; as well as seeing 3D-printing in action.
“Some students are really surprised that there are women doing this kind of science—that it’s not just old men in lab coats,” says mentor Hannah Coughlan, nanotechnology PhD student at La Trobe University and CSIRO.
“It’s all about letting them know that anyone can be a physicist and anyone can do research.”
The winners of the 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australia & New Zealand Fellowships are studying sharks, future memories, heavy stars, and climate change.
The Australian Fellows are:
- A hot future for sharks: marine biologist Jodie Rummer, Townsville, swims with sharks for her research
- How we imagine the future: cognitive neuroscientist Muireann Irish, Sydney has discovered the importance of future memory in daily life and dementia
- The short lives of hard-living, fast burning, high mass stars: astronomer Shari Breen, Sydney drives The Dish at Parkes to find the stars that make the starstuff that makes us all.
The inaugural New Zealand Fellow is:
- When the oceans were 20 metres higher: past and future climates: geologist Christina Riesselman, Dunedin
Profiles, hi-res photos, high definition videos, overlay and background on Fellowships available at loreal.scienceinpublic.com.au/2015fellows
Growing the right number of vertebrae in the right places is an important job – and scientists have found the molecules that act like ‘theatre directors’ for vertebrae genes in mice: telling them how much or how little to express themselves.
The finding may give insight into how the body-shapes of different species of animals evolved, since the molecules under scrutiny are present in a wide range of animals – from fish to snakes to humans.
An international team led by Dr Edwina McGlinn of EMBL Australia  at Monash University found that de-activating a small group of microRNA (miRNA) molecules sent things awry for different parts of the backbone.