Guest Work

Publish and don’t perish – how to keep rare species’ data away from poachers

Guest Work Jul 14, 2017

Andrew Lowe, University of Adelaide; Anita Smyth, University of Adelaide; Ben Sparrow, University of Adelaide, and Glenda Wardle, University of Sydney Highly collectable species, especially those that are rare and threatened, can potentially be put at risk from poaching if information describing where they can be found is published. But rather than … Read More

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How infectious diseases have shaped our culture, habits and language

Guest Work Jul 14, 2017

Maxine Whittaker, James Cook University This is the last article in a four-part package looking at infectious diseases and how they’ve influenced our culture and evolution. Read the other articles here. Despite being so small they can’t be seen with the naked eye, pathogens that cause human disease have greatly affected the way humans live for centuries. Read More

I’ve studied Larsen C and its giant iceberg for years – it’s not a simple story of climate change

Guest Work Jul 13, 2017

Adrian Luckman, Swansea University One of the largest icebergs ever recorded has just broken away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Over the past few years I’ve led a team that has been studying this ice shelf and monitoring change. We spent many weeks camped on the ice investigating melt ponds and their impact – and … Read More

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“Additionality”: How will we know the National Science Challenges are making a difference?

Guest Work Jul 13, 2017

by Professor Sally Davenport Many of us in the innovation system have been hearing this ‘additionality’ word a lot recently. For some it’s an odd term they have never heard before and, relative to many words, it is a youngster. It apparently first surfaced in the 1950s as a concept in economics. Sally Davenport The Oxford Dictionary defines … Read More

A short history of vaccine objection, vaccine cults and conspiracy theories

Guest Work Jul 11, 2017

Ella Stewart-Peters, Flinders University and Catherine Kevin, Flinders University When we hear phrases like vaccine objection, vaccine refusal and anti-vaxxers, it’s easy to assume these are new labels used in today’s childhood vaccination debates. But there’s a long history of opposition to childhood vaccination, from when it was introduced in England in … Read More

Comparing technology to drugs isn’t simply a question of addiction

Guest Work Jul 11, 2017

Greg Wadley, University of Melbourne Some experts say technologies such as social media and video games are like drugs. Others disagree. This debate is really about whether technologies are addictive. But the defining property of a psychoactive drug is not “addictiveness”, but the ability to change a user’s mental and emotional state. This ability – … Read More

A map that fills a 500-million year gap in Earth’s history

Guest Work Jul 10, 2017

Alan Collins, University of Adelaide and Andrew Merdith, University of Sydney Earth is estimated to be around 4.5 billion years old, with life first appearing around 3 billion years ago. To unravel this incredible history, scientists use a range of different techniques to determine when and where continents moved, how life evolved, how climate changed … Read More

What is ballistic missile defence – and would it stop a missile from North Korea?

Guest Work Jul 07, 2017

James Dwyer, University of Tasmania North Korea’s test this week of an intercontinental ballistic missile has reignited interest and debate on the feasibility of ballistic missile defence systems, and whether countries such as Australia should seek to acquire them. But what are these systems, and how do they work? How effective would they be in providing a … Read More