Guest Work

Getting more energy from the sun: how to make better solar cells

Guest Work May 05, 2016

By Tara P. Dhakal, Binghamton University, State University of New York Global demand for energy is increasing by the hour as developing countries move toward industrialization. Experts estimate that by the year 2050, worldwide demand for electricity may reach 30 terawatts (TW). For perspective, one terawatt is roughly equal to the power of 1.3 billion horses. Energy … Read More

Small and bright: what nanophotonics means for you

Guest Work May 04, 2016

By Benjamin J. Eggleton, University of Sydney Twenty fifteen was UNESCO’s International Year of Light and Light based Technologies. It was a celebration of past milestones in optics and photonics and a look forward into it’s future. We celebrated 1,000 years of Arabic optics, 150 years since James Maxwell’s electrodynamics, 100 years since Albert Einstein’s … Read More

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Scientists need to engage more with the public to secure funding

Guest Work May 03, 2016

By Chris Turney, UNSW Australia and Christopher Fogwill, UNSW Australia We live in an age when society is crying out for scientific solutions to global problems. Just a few of the many considerable challenges we face include the urgent need to transition to a carbon-free economy, the need for new drugs to combat disease and improved … Read More

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Genetic detectives: how scientists use DNA to track disease outbreaks

Guest Work May 02, 2016

By Emily Toth Martin, University of Michigan They’re the top questions on everyone’s mind when a new disease outbreak happens: where did the virus come from? When did this happen? How long has it been spreading in a particular country or group of people? These questions have been the foundation of epidemiology, the study of the occurrence and … Read More

Phasing out fossil fuels for renewables may not be a straight forward swap

Guest Work May 02, 2016

By Anthony James, Swinburne University of Technology To have any chance of preventing dangerous climate change, the world needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero or even negative by mid-century. Many experts suggest this means we need to completely phase out fossil fuels and replace them with renewable energy sources such as solar and … Read More

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Kitchen Science: gastrophysics brings the universe into your kitchen

Guest Work Apr 29, 2016

By Stephen Hughes, Queensland University of Technology This title will probably come as a surprise to you. Astrophysics concerns enormous scales of space, time and energy; kitchens are relatively small, homely places. So how can there be a connection between astrophysics and the kitchen? Have you ever dropped a just-opened plastic bottle of milk or fruit juice … Read More

Great Barrier Reef bleaching stats are bad enough without media misreporting

Guest Work Apr 28, 2016

By Jon C. Day, James Cook University The widespread bleaching event occurring across the Great Barrier Reef is unprecedented in scale and severity. It has rightly gained global media attention. Sadly, however, some of the headlines it has generated are factually incorrect or misleading: Half of Great Barrier Reef “dead or dying” (ITV News) Coral are … Read More

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