We can’t easily monitor the health
of plants, by the time we see that they’re sick it’s usually too late to save
that. That’s an issue for your house plants, a field of wheat, orchards and
Karina Khambatta has developed a
way to use the waxy surface of leaves to monitor their health.
An “Expansion-Tolerant” Architecture offers stability to ultra-high capacity Lithium-Sulfur battery
A lithium sulfur battery that has four times the capacity than existing electric car batteries has been built and tested by researchers at Monash University, revealed in a paper published in Science Advances.
This would allow you to drive Melbourne to Sydney with
just one charge – driving the coastal route. A current edition prius would
require to stop in Albury-Wodonga to recharge.
Adelaide researchers find how a bacteria digests a sugar can be key to new treatments
The severity of a common and often lethal type of bacteria
depends on its ability to process a type of sugar, research from the University
of Adelaide reveals.
Streptococcus pneumoniae causes diseases of the
lungs, blood, ear and brain, killing an estimated one million people every
year. Moreover S. pneumoniae causes
otitis media (infection of the middle ear), which devastates Aboriginal
populations. It also rapidly develops resistance to antibiotics, making it
challenging to treat.
Public events in Sydney 11 Nov, Melbourne 18 Nov and online
Case studies/patients also available from the Mito Foundation.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is
inviting all Australians to provide their views on the use of a new assisted
reproductive technology that might assist in preventing certain rare mitochondrial
diseases but which requires careful ethical and social consideration.
Consultation is open until Friday 29 November 2019.
NHMRC invited all Australians to provide their views on the
use of a new assisted reproductive technology that might assist in preventing
certain rare mitochondrial diseases, but which requires careful ethical and
social consideration. Consultation is open until 29 November. An issues paper
is available at www.nhmrc.gov.au/mito.
On Saturday 19 October in Adelaide, NHMRC held its first
major event of the consultation – a citizens’ panel. Around 20 citizens randomly
selected from across Australia met over two weekends to hear from experts and
then prepared their own position statement.
Mitochondrial donation might be able to assist in the
prevention of mitochondrial DNA disease in an estimated 60 births per year in
this country. However, there are social and ethical issues to consider
using mitochondrial DNA from a donor
(using IVF technology) so that the child has DNA from three people
rights of children to know their full genetic heritage
potential risks and benefits of the technology, and
implications for future generations.
donation is in limited use in the UK and some other countries, but not
Australia. NHMRC is asking the Australian community to consider the social and
ethical issues associated with mitochondrial donation and will then provide
advice to the Australian Government.
Details on further events will be provided in future
Science In Public’s Michael Lucy wins a Eureka Prize
Michael won the award – presented at a glittering ceremony
at the Australian Museum in Sydney on Wednesday, August 28 – for a feature he
wrote on plastic pollution. The story was published in Cosmos magazine.
At the time of publication, Michael was also features
editor of the magazine, working alongside editor Andrew Masterson – who is now
editor-in-chief at Science In Public.