Australians drink six billion cups of coffee each year but have you ever thought about what happens to the coffee grounds used to make these coffees—which are used only once and then discarded?
A Macquarie University PhD student believes he’s come up with a way to turn this coffee waste into biodegradable plastics.
“You could use such plastics to make anything from plastic coffee cups to yoghurt containers to compost bags to sutures in medicine,” says researcher Dominik Kopp.
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Citizen scientists from around Australia are helping scientists and reef managers get a much better picture of the health of the Great Barrier Reef.
So far, they have looked at over 2.7 million points on more than 180,000 underwater images of the Reef and told us whether they can see coral, algae or sand.
They’re all taking part in Virtual Reef Diver—the ABC’s online citizen science project for National Science Week.
“The response we’ve had from citizen scientists has been amazing,” says spatial scientist and project leader Dr Erin Peterson from Queensland University of Technology. “We couldn’t collect this volume of data without their help.”
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National Science Week wrapped up on Sunday, finishing a fortnight in which we learnt that:
- the Andromeda Galaxy is rushing towards us at 400,000 kilometres an hour
- pond scum (algae) could provide future foods, fuels and medicines
- artificial intelligence is expected to equal human intelligence by 2062
- most of the world’s vitamin D supplements are made from the greasy wool of Aussie sheep
- ‘carcinology’ has nothing to do with cancer—it’s the study of crustaceans, who have complicated sex lives
- NASA’s Kepler mission planet hunters have discovered 3,774 exoplanets, and their new TESS spacecraft is set to find thousands more
- 100 years ago, CSL facilities in Melbourne made three million doses of vaccine to help combat the Spanish flu
- Australia has a rich history of using wine as medicine
- music is powerful for maintaining the memories of people with dementia.
These are just some of the stories told in Science Week events, posts and media coverage. There’s more stories and scientists among our highlights for media.
Thank you once again for your support of Science Week. National Science Week 2019 will run from 10 to 18 August.