Stories of Australian Science 2012
You’ll read about uniquely Australian work: a new form of chlorophyll found at Western Australia’s Shark Bay; the immune tricks of wallabies; protecting lives and buildings from bushfires; and the role of synchrotron light in making great Australian wines.
This year, as we reviewed the collection, we realised that there was a strong physical sciences theme. That wasn’t deliberate. But it’s been a good time for the physical sciences in Australia. The nation will share constructing the world’s largest radio telescope with South Africa. A precursor, the SKA Pathfinder telescope, is already booked out for the next five years. And Australia’s high energy physicists shared in the announcement of the Higgs boson in July this year
The renaissance in the physical sciences in Australia also reflects the growing convergence of the physical and life sciences
The Australian Synchrotron, for example, has been a boon for life scientists. They’ve been queuing up for access to its powerful beams. And a dedicated life sciences supercomputer has been contributing to cancer genetics. These are just two of a series of substantial infrastructure investments that have underpinned Australian science recently.
Billions of dollars have been invested by the Federal government over the past decade. Now those investments are bearing fruit. In these pages you’ll read how non-scientists are turning their ideas into reality thanks to a national fabrication facility; and how shared data is fast-tracking discoveries in astronomy, and giving the public access to 18 million observations of Australia’s flora and fauna.
We also present the winners of some of Australia’s leading science prizes.
Read on below, or search more specifically using advanced search over on the right.
|Stories of Australian Science|
|The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science|
|Neutrons revealing new battery technology and stopping train derailments|
|A new era for Australian astronomy|
|The smallest devices transform science and art|
|Bionics: from hearing to sight to calming an epileptic storm|
|Bushfire shelters, an anti-bingle radar and printable solar cells|
|New materials for clean energy and more efficient oils
|Something borrowed, something new
|Looking into our cells|
|For Women in Science|
| Light fast-tracking Australian science
|The Higgs and high energy physics down under|
|Better data, better research
|Making use of our energy