Lab-in-a-box

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Fiona McGill writes, The minimalist layout of the container’s interior, realised by a Tasmanian construction company that has built other container labs, allows scientists to wheel their instruments on and off the ship. Equipment fixed on mobile trolleys can be … Continue reading

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Spoken piece for Ockham’s Razor

Here’s the transcript from yesterday’s recording at the ABC Radio studio (Sydney), for airing on the science program, Ockham’s Razor, presented Robyn Williams. Research is following your nose (working title) Text for spoken piece for radio Writer: Dr Lisa Roberts, … Continue reading

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Paradigm shifts in earth sciences

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Yale University lecture published on You tube, Apr 5, 2012 The Atmosphere, the Ocean and Environmental Change (GG 140) The issue of global warming is discussed. Recent climate change over the last half of the 20th century is thought to … Continue reading

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  All life on the planet is the same. It’s just packaged differently. Dr. Tom Garrison Oceanography Lecture Part 1, 2011 You tube video

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Art inspires science

  Sydney Morning Herald’s Claire Colley reports: How an Australian building’s unique design inspired a scientific breakthrough  

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Communication by pheromones?

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  Edward O. Wilson is an Evolutionary biologist and lead expert on ants. His Letters to a Young Scientist (2013) offer insights from his lifelong study of insect and human behaviours. Here he  talks about ants (p.173), but could he … Continue reading

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Waterways connections

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Diatom navicula meets Homo phagus

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Navicula = boat-shaped Inside a Diatom navicular lies homo phagus. In death she travels by boat to an after life. Will she feed the fish?

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Deadly Colours

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Under-glacier gateway to ocean may precipitate sea level rise

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Australian Antarctic Division NEWS: A previously hidden gateway to the ocean underneath the largest glacier in East Antarctica could allow warm seawater to reach the base of the glacier, causing melt and potentially raising sea levels.

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