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Carnevale: A Spark of Genius

Carnevale: A Spark of Genius

Why do conflicting ideas always have to conflict?

A thought for Antarctica

A thought for Antarctica

How often do you think of Antarctica? My guess is, probably not very often. If you think of it at all, I would bet you conjure up romantic and cruel…

To vaccinate; it’s not a question

To vaccinate; it’s not a question

Perhaps there is no better illustration of the confusion created around an issue of science than the campaign of misinformation and outright lies put forward by the anti-vaccination lobby. An…

The benefits of vaccination

The benefits of vaccination

It’s very hard in a page to highlight the enormous benefits of vaccination, however they do range from saving millions of lives, to complete eradication of infectious agents, to promoting…

Science and politics

Science and politics

This year has gotten off to an unexpected start in politics with the announcement of a Federal election eight months ahead of the actual date. Although we are told that…

A look ahead

A look ahead

Last year we were given a glimpse of the future, a taste of what’s to come over the next 50 years or so. Most people missed it and, as a…

For the love of collecting

For the love of collecting

In the summer of 1958 a recently married couple strolled along a beach on the south coast of England while on their honeymoon. They picked up a strange rock, sort…

Hands on science

Hands on science

I’ve been returning to my roots lately, getting out and about talking about dinosaurs, and it’s brought back to me the importance of one-on-one, face-to-face communication of ideas.

Original thinker

Original thinker

When you think about it, there are only a few of us who will have an original thought during our lives. Most of our thoughts concern the mundane details and…

Bad science in the media

Bad science in the media

A common complaint from scientists is that the media gets their stories horribly wrong. But there is a conspirator to this problem from within the ranks of the scientists themselves.…

National Science Week

National Science Week

I have to confess to being torn by the notion of devoting a day, week or a season to a particular idea.

Bragging another science centenary

Bragging another science centenary

It’s something of a year of Science Centenary Celebrations for Adelaide and, while we’ve already seen the interest around the 100 year celebration of Douglas Mawson’s Antarctic Expedition, I’d like…

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