Today: it’s not just fish, plastic pollution harms the bacteria that help us breathe—scientist available for interview
Ten per cent of the oxygen we breathe comes from just one kind of bacteria in the ocean. Macquarie University scientists have shown that these bacteria are susceptible to plastic pollution.
Study published in Communications Biology overnight; scientist available for interview and images available. Details below.
Today: Australia’s silicon quantum computer will add up accurately!
Yesterday Nature published the latest paper from this UNSW team. It’s their third in three months and reinforces that Australia is leading the race to invent a silicon-based quantum computer. This paper demonstrates that if we invent a silicon computer it will be able to do its sums accurately, which apparently wasn’t a foregone conclusion. UNSW media have all the details. More below.
Mars, wildlife, curious climate and trash talk: a first taste of National Science Week—coming up in August
Mimicking Mars missions on Earth, plastic-eating bacteria, Star Wars science, and hunting wildlife with an app (in a non-lethal way)—just some of the activities planned for National Science Week. Now’s the time to start planning your coverage of Australia’s biggest festival with an anticipated 2000+ events and activities. More below.