Tagged: Australia

Ancient DNA giveth and ancient DNA taketh away: The penguin that never was - Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives

Nic Rawlence Aug 18, 2017

Dr Nic Rawlence & Tess Cole, University of Otago Australian politics is mired in a duel-citizenship scandal. Certain politicians have discovered that they are in fact part kiwi and accusations of interference in Australian politics are flying. This trans-Tasman identity shock, however, is not unique to Australian politicians. Now new ancient DNA research has surprisingly shown it’s also found … Read More

Book review: Big, bold and blue – Lessons from Australia’s Marine Protected Areas - Scibooks

SciBooks Oct 04, 2016

By Raewyn Peart As of 2015, Australia has designated over a third of its waters as marine protected areas, leaving much to be learnt from their experience – as is covered in a new book on the topic. This impressive book, edited by James Fitzsimons and Geoff Westcott, provides a comprehensive description of progress with establishing networks of marine … Read More

Shopping trolleys and superbugs: an FAQ - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 03, 2016

A story about a baby catching a life-threatening infection from a shopping trolley has made the headlines. So what was this life threatening infection, and was the trolley really to blame? This story originally appeared in the DailyMail Australia which saw Vivienne Wardrop’s Facebook post warning other parents about shopping trolley hygiene. Her 10 month old son is currently recovering from … Read More

Pacific pariah: how Australia’s love of coal has left it out in the diplomatic cold - Guest Work

Guest Work Sep 09, 2016

Wesley Morgan, The University of the South Pacific Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will have some explaining to do when he attends the Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ meeting in Pohnpei, Micronesia, this week. Australia’s continued determination to dig up coal, while refusing to dig deep to tackle climate change, has put it increasingly at odds with world … Read More

Australia 2030 – CSIRO’s scenarios - Ariadne

Robert Hickson May 30, 2016

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has a futures group. They’ve just released a report called Australia 2030: navigating our uncertain future.  There are some nice aspects to the report, and it is good to see rigorous futures techniques being applied in our hemisphere. But, overall, I was underwhelmed. The report is based around four scenarios: Digital … Read More

Australian bushfires pushing species towards extinction - Guest Work

Guest Work Feb 11, 2016

Tim Doherty, Deakin University; Emma Burgess, The University of Queensland; Martine Maron, The University of Queensland, and Robert Davis, Edith Cowan University Massive Australian bushfires in recent months have tragically claimed people’s lives and destroyed their homes. These events are becoming more common as our warming and drying climate increases the … Read More

A case of mistaken identity for Australia’s extinct big bird - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 14, 2016

Trevor Worthy, Flinders University Australia is renowned for once being home to a group of gigantic birds known as the mihirungs. These birds are distantly related to waterfowl and included the impressive Dromornis stirtoni, the largest bird ever known on the planet at about 450kg in weight. An artist’s impression of Genyornis newtoni. Anne Musser, Australian Museum … Read More

Two species of little blue penguins - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Dec 15, 2015

We call them little blue penguins, Australians call them fairy penguins – it turns out they are different species. A new study, published in PLOS One, compared trans-Tasman populations of little penguins and found they were different enough to be considered separate species. Researchers from the University of Otago collaborated with those from the University of Tasmania to compare … Read More

Closing the gap with Australia: only the OECD seems to think so - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Sep 08, 2015

A friend asked me yesterday for the latest GDP per capita numbers for New Zealand and Australia.  His interest was a point estimate, to compare current levels in the two countries.  I went back to him with the series I would normally consider best for that purpose: the OECD’s measure of current price GDP per capita, converted to a … Read More