- FameLab Australia is looking for passionate young researchers to win a trip to the UK – Application deadline extended to 3 March
- Media training for scientists – dates for 2014
- Our annual Stories of Australian Science magazine highlights the best of the year’s science discoveries, prize-winners and top achievers. Submission are now open: tell your science story to leaders in media, industry, education, government, scientific research and science policy.
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In this month’s newsletter:
- Introducing our new South Australian group leaders
- Systems biology is tackling the big questions in Melbourne – ICSB 2014
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- Events and deadlines
- About EMBL Australia
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This December we’re celebrating ‘The Art of Physics’—from the art of being a physicist to the extension of physics into the world of art—at the AIP’s 21st biennial Congress.
We already have some great speakers lined up, including Nobel laureate and former US Energy Secretary Dr Steven Chu. And it’s our chance to catch up with colleagues and see what’s happening across the various sub-disciplines.
Registration opens next month for the Congress, which will run 7-11 December at the ANU in Canberra. Read the full article →
Two news stories today – from Sydney and Tasmania, beautiful science images, and submit your best science writing for a $7,000 prize.
- Could we treat melanoma by cutting off its food source?
- Life stuck in slime for a billion years
- What does pain look like? How does the brain develop and grow?
- The best science writing of 2014 – win $7,000 and get your work in this year’s book
- Met a remarkable scientist? Get them the recognition they deserve
- Science in Public – our role
Wednesday 19 February 2014
Tasmanian researchers have revealed ancient conditions that almost ended life on Earth, using a new technique they developed to hunt for mineral deposits.
The first life developed in the ancient oceans around 3.6 billion years ago, but then nothing much happened. Life remained as little more than a layer of slime for a billion years. Suddenly, 550 million years ago, evolution burst back into action – and here we are today. So what was the hold-up during those ‘boring billion’ years?
According to University of Tasmania geologist Professor Ross Large and his international team, the key was a lack of oxygen and nutrient elements, which placed evolution in a precarious position. “During that billion years, oxygen levels declined and the oceans were losing the ingredients needed for life to develop into more complex organisms.”
Wednesday 19 February 2014
Could we treat melanoma by cutting off its food source?
The latest research from Sydney’s Centenary Institute and the University of Sydney suggests we could.
Last year the researchers showed they could starve prostate cancer. Now a further discovery opens up the prospect of a new class of drugs that could work across a range of cancers including melanoma.
Australia has the highest rate of melanoma in the world. It is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and third most common cancer in Australia.
The art of science: a network of nerve cells and a neural sunrise, captured under the microscope
Neural spiderwebs – unlocking the secrets of low level laser irradiation for pain therapy
This stunning image shows a network of the nerve cells which carry sensory information from the world to your spinal cord and brain.