Guest Work

The women who don’t know they’re autistic

Guest Work Jul 21, 2017

Fabienne Cazalis, École des Hautes Études en sciences sociales (EHESS) This article was co-written by Adeline Lacroix, who works with Fabienne Cazalis and was recently diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. A second year master’s student in psychology, she is working on a scientific literature review about the characteristics of high-functioning autistic women. Let’s call her Sophie. The description we’ll … Read More

The four-year treasure hunt for the hoodwinker sunfish

Guest Work Jul 20, 2017

Marianne Nyegaard, Murdoch University Sunfish are famous for looking odd. They are the largest bony fish in the world, can grow to over 3 metres in length and weigh up to 2 tonnes, and look a little bit like a suitcase with wings. But when I began my PhD doing population studies on sunfish off Bali in … Read More

Inaction on climate change risks leaving future generations $530 trillion in debt

Guest Work Jul 19, 2017

James Dyke, University of Southampton By continuing to delay significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, we risk handing young people alive today a bill of up to US$535 trillion. This would be the cost of the “negative emissions” technologies required to remove CO₂ from the air in order to avoid dangerous climate change. These are the main findings … Read More


What is pre-pregnancy carrier screening?

Guest Work Jul 19, 2017

Gina Ravenscroft, University of Western Australia; Nigel Laing, University of Western Australia, and Royston Ong, University of Western Australia The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently recommended obstetricians, gynaecologists and other related health care providers offer pre-pregnancy carrier screening for genetic diseases to all patients. Pre-pregnancy carrier screening involves testing healthy adults … Read More

A brief history of GnuPG: vital to online security but free and underfunded

Guest Work Jul 19, 2017

Ralph Holz, University of Sydney Most people have never heard of the software that makes up the machinery of the internet. Outside developer circles, its authors receive little reward for their efforts, in terms of either money or public recognition. One example is the encryption software GNU Privacy Guard (also known as GnuPG and GPG), and its authors … Read More

The future of artificial intelligence: two experts disagree

Guest Work Jul 18, 2017

Peter Stratton, The University of Queensland and Michael Milford, Queensland University of Technology Artificial intelligence (AI) promises to revolutionise our lives, drive our cars, diagnose our health problems, and lead us into a new future where thinking machines do things that we’re yet to imagine. Or does it? Not everyone agrees. Even billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, … Read More

Do We Still Need Conferences for Women in Science? 

Guest Work Jul 18, 2017

by Professor Cather Simpson (@ptolemytortoise) Yes, of course we do!  Conferences that bring together women in science to discuss their work and what it’s like to BE a woman in science in the 21st century are incredibly useful to the whole science community. That’s a provocative assertion, but before you get, well, hysterical, let me give you a few excellent reasons why conferences like the 2017 AWIS “Celebrating Women in Science” are still valuable. First, these conferences simplify the process of … Read More

Could a cannabis pill reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting?

Guest Work Jul 17, 2017

Peter Grimison, University of Sydney For some cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, the thought of joining their loved ones for a meal can be, quite literally, sickening. Nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy can cause devastating physical side effects and wreck a patient’s social and family life. Patients say they find it difficult to manage the expectations of well-meaning … Read More

The brain and the gut talk to each other

Guest Work Jul 17, 2017

Antonina Mikocka-Walus, Deakin University It’s widely recognised that emotions can directly affect stomach function. As early as 1915, influential physiologist Walter Cannon noted that stomach functions are changed in animals when frightened. The same is true for humans. Those who stress a lot often report diarrhoea or stomach pain. We now know this is because the … Read More