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Beer science, chronic disease, alcohol goggles, searching for owls, shark dissection, and a feminist cabaret

Great National Science Week stories and talent up for grabs around Northern Territory, including:

▪ Is malt beer tastier than a regular brew?
▪ Do male sharks really have two penises?
▪ The long-term impact of heart disease and diabetes
▪ Can a lie detector be beaten?
▪ Science meets sequins in a feminist cabaret at Darwin Festival
▪ Help map Aussie owls by listening to their calls.

More on these highlights below, and others at www.scienceinpublic.com.au/science-week, and on Twitter at @SciWKMedia.

Scientists, experts and event organisers are available for interview throughout National Science Week. Read on for contact details for each event, or call:

▪ Tanya Ha: tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0404 083 863
▪ Niall Byrne: niall@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0417 131 977 or 03 9398 1416.

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Fast and safe vaccines, fire-proofing forests, searching for owls, re-designing super foods, virtual space travel and more

Great National Science Week stories up for grabs now around Australia. Highlights from Victoria:

  • How were the COVID vaccines developed so quickly?
  • Explore the Universe through virtual reality
  • A First Nation approach to saving the planet
  • The science challenging our vets
  • Mega mung beans and ultimate superfruits
  • Finding a bush tucker smorgasbord
  • How foods affect our brains
  • Finding the funny in science
  • Tiny humans and huge dinosaurs in Bendigo
  • Help find Aussie owls with your ears

These are just a few of the events happening during this year’s National Science Week (August 14 to 22).

If you’re after more ideas for stories, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at www.scienceinpublic.com.au/science-week, and on Twitter at @SciWKMedia.

Scientists, performers, experts and event organisers are available for interview throughout National Science Week. Read on for contact details for each event, or call:

▪ Tanya Ha: tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0404 083 863
▪ Niall Byrne: niall@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0417 131 977 or 03 9398 1416.

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Footy science, food flavour, and why you should soil your undies

Great National Science Week stories and talent up for grabs around South Australia, including:

  • Science facts and fiction, the future of food, and scuba in the pub—Big Science Adelaide is back!
  • Can science make you better at footy?
  • How does a dinosaur grow to 20 tonnes on a vegetarian diet? Find out from the singing palaeontologist.
  • Ask a rocket scientist about space travel.
  • What buried cotton underpants can tell us about soil.
  • Palaeontology, space, maths, or neurogenetics: which science is the best?
  • Donut shooting robots compete at the Showgrounds.
  • Taste the science of flavour.
  • Smaller, faster, lighter X-rays.
  • Help map Australia’s owls by listening to their calls.

More on these highlights below, and others at www.scienceinpublic.com.au/science-week, and on Twitter at @SciWKMedia.

Scientists, experts and event organisers are available for interview throughout National Science Week. Read on for contact details for each event, or call:

▪ Tanya Ha: tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0404 083 863
▪ Niall Byrne: niall@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0417 131 977 or 03 9398 1416.

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Growing meat in vats, beating addiction, better footy, fast and safe vaccines, Aussie volcanoes and more

Great stories and talent up for grabs around Australia, including:

  • Cellular agriculture – growing meat in vats – NSW
  • Fast and safe vaccines? – VIC
  • What’s the link between science and footy? – SA
  • Taking a lie detector test in front of strangers – NT
  • One in five bags of food wasted – TAS
  • Gut feelings: what to eat to improve your mood – WA
  • Are Australia’s volcanoes about to erupt? – NSW
  • How to help an addict – VIC
  • Explode a watermelon – QLD
  • Help us find Australia’s owls – National
  • State of Science Index: how do we compare to the rest of the world? – new Australian data

These are just a few of the interesting and hot topics being discussed during this year’s National Science Week (August 14 to 22). Many events are happening online.

More on these highlights below, and others at www.scienceinpublic.com.au/science-week, and on Twitter at @SciWKMedia.

Scientists, experts and event organisers are available for interview throughout National Science Week. Read on for contact details for each event, or call:

▪ Tanya Ha: tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0404 083 863
▪ Niall Byrne: niall@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0417 131 977 or 03 9398 1416.

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Can you find the owls in the night? Researchers recruiting Hoot Detectives

Nationwide project aims to map Australia’s favourite predator birds

Media contacts: Ben Keirnan, ben@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0408 184 858; or Tanya Ha, tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0404 083 863.

A Barking owl fluffing its feathers, or ‘floofing’. Credit: Dr Nick Hamilton

“I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry.” Macbeth, William Shakespeare.

Is that an owl hooting? Or a car?

Researchers are after volunteers to help map five native Australian owl species, by listening to short recordings made in the bush. 

The results will provide important information about the range and numbers of these beloved birds of prey. They will also help researchers develop artificial intelligence (AI) systems to use in a new field of science, known as “eco-acoustics”.

The project is called Hoot Detective, and is produced by ABC Science in collaboration with the Australian Acoustic Observatory (A2O) for National Science Week. It will commence online on Monday 9 August at www.hootdetective.net.au and run until the end of August.

The idea is to hunt for Powerful, Barking, Boobook, Barn, and Masked owls. For more about each species, visit hootdetective.net.au/the-owls.

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Mood food, eating insects, dark matter, owl calls, a forgotten female physicist, and more

Plus dozens of Science Week stories around WA:

  • Can we future-proof our food and fibre crops?
  • Forgotten physicist defends her life – on stage
  • Gut feelings: what to eat to improve your mood
  • Meet Magnus, the supercomputer that found gold, searched the stars, and mapped the quokka genome.
  • A mechanical stomach turning food waste into energy
  • Ask bright young minds about dark matter
  • Help map Australia’s owls by listening to their calls

These are just a few of the events happening during this year’s National Science Week (August 14 to 22).

If you’re after more ideas for stories, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at www.scienceinpublic.com.au/science-week, and on Twitter at @SciWKMedia.

Scientists, performers, experts and event organisers are available for interview throughout National Science Week. Read on for contact details for each event, or call:

▪ Tanya Ha: tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0404 083 863
▪ Niall Byrne: niall@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0417 131 977 or 03 9398 1416.

Plus, WA’s National Science Week launch TODAY, 9:00am:

Continental rolls made from crickets & WA’s longest macchiato

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Exposing quacks, eating crickets, gaming climate change, and growing food in space

Plus dozens of Science Week stories around ACT:

  • Can we science our way out of multiple crises?
  • Growing food in space and on Mars
  • Crickets – the new superfood?
  • Exposing the fake medicine, wellness crazes, cons and quacks
  • Inclusive dance company explores the birth of the Universe
  • Can gamers help save the planet?
  • A LEGO guide to the evolution of the cosmos
  • Scouts reveal the science of Outdoors
  • Make a lightsaber: science for people with disabilities
  • Help scientists map Australia’s owls by listening to their calls.

More on these highlights below, and others at www.scienceinpublic.com.au/science-week, and on Twitter at @SciWKMedia.

Scientists, experts and event organisers are available for interview throughout National Science Week. Read on for contact details for each event, or call:

National Science Week in ACT: event highlights

▪ Tanya Ha: tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0404 083 863
▪ Niall Byrne: niall@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0417 131 977 or 03 9398 1416.

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Teddy bear dissection, dark skies, tardigrade art, ravens

Plus dozens of Science Week stories around Tasmania:

  • Teddy bear dissection reveals our reliance on plastics
  • One in five bags of food is thrown away – can we change?
  • A party to celebrate Tassie’s dark skies
  • Finding Australia’s oldest sour dough, and fermenting at home
  • Matthew’s mad about ravens
  • Ice cores reveal past and future
  • Tardigrade art

More on these highlights below, and others at www.scienceinpublic.com.au/science-week, and on Twitter at @SciWKMedia.

Scientists, experts, and event organisers are available for interview throughout National Science Week. Read on for contact details for each event, or call:

▪ Tanya Ha: tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0404 083 863
▪ Niall Byrne: niall@scienceinpublic.com.au or 0417 131 977 or 03 9398 1416.

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