Guest Work

The race to create the bionic eye

Guest Author Dec 12, 2011

by Anthony Hall, Associate Professor, Monash University The path to development of the bionic eye is blindingly clear but progress is slow. There’s been an explosion of research into retinal and brain-based bionic eyes and the race to develop one has started to generate effective and commercially lucrative devices. Blindness affects about 50,000 Australians, the majority of whom … Read More


Modern chiropractic therapy is based on evidence, and here it is

Guest Author Dec 09, 2011

by Peter Tuchin, Senior Lecturer, Department of Chiropractic, Maquarie University Chiropractic has copped some criticism this week, with a group of prominent Australian doctors and scientists urging Central Queensland University to reverse its decision to offer a chiropractic degree from 2012. The group claims chiropractic isn’t based on evidence and therefore … Read More


Climate change and the acidifying, freshening, warming Southern Ocean

Guest Author Nov 30, 2011

by Matthew Thompson, editor – The Conversation The distinctive, planet-encircling flows of the Southern Ocean have played a role in moderating global warming, but change is at hand with the water heating up, getting less salty, storing more carbon, and growing more acidic. The Southern Ocean, as photographed during the Thomas G Thompson Southern Ocean Expedition. These … Read More


Vitamins: Myths, facts, use and misuse

Guest Author Nov 10, 2011

By Louis Roller, Honorary Associate Professor in Pharmacy Practice at Monash University The belief that supranutritional doses of vitamins will improve quality of life doesn’t match what science tells us. When it comes to using vitamins to supplement diets, there’s a wide gap between what science says and what many consumers believe. A recent study, for instance, … Read More

Milk milk everywhere but not a drop to drink

Guest Author Oct 20, 2011

By Professor Jack Heinemann, School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury Kiwis are drinking less milk but making more of it. Between 1995 and 2007, the amount of milk consumed by New Zealanders decreased 28% or 21 kilograms/capita/year (kg/capita/yr). The proportion of the food budget going to milk also decreased between 1993 and 2008. What has caused this … Read More


Nature vs. nurture: score = one all

Guest Author Oct 05, 2011

By James Heathers, PhD candidate at the University of Sydney Psychologists have debated whether our interests are a result of nature or nurture for more than 100 years. So, you’ve got your father’s blonde hair and you were raised in a cricket-mad household and you like cricket. But is it your genes or your childhood that’s … Read More


Banning plastic bags: real change, or a cosmetic solution?

Guest Author Sep 06, 2011

by  Robin Tennant-Wood, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business and Government at University of Canberra From today, plastic bags are banned in the Northern Territory. The ACT will follow suit in November: in 2009 the ACT abandoned its 14-year old ’No Waste by 2010’ strategy and replaced it with a ban on plastic shopping bags. While campaigns against plastic bags … Read More


As we build our world we build our minds

Guest Author Aug 09, 2011

A guest post by Matt Boyd (formerly Gers). Matt is studying for a PhD in the philosophy of developmental psychology at VUW, and is examining the extent to which there is a symmetrical relationship between genomes and cultures. Context builds us Imagine there is a nuclear apocalypse. All adult humans are killed and technology as we know it is … Read More