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Living Data for UTS Open Day

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How the Rainbow Colour Map Misleads

Scientist Charlotte Robinson sends this article on how the rainbow colour map misleads and how you only see colour maps you can name. At an exhibition of art inspired by objects in a natural science museum, I note what is … Continue reading

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Coral on the edge

Associate Professor David Suggett explains.

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Spoken piece for Ockham’s Razor

Here’s the transcript from the ABC Radio studio (Sydney), sound recording broadcast on the science program, Ockham’s Razor, presented Robyn Williams.   Transcript Sound recording Robyn Williams: Well, it’s now the end of NAIDOC week, when Australians celebrate Aboriginal culture. … 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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Individual and collective behaviours

With backgrounds in engineering, biology, and philosophy, scientist Sam Laney investigates what life is like for phytoplankton cells as individuals, and how they adapt to rapidly changing conditions. He says, I did an experiment with colleagues Rob Olson and Heidi … Continue reading

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Symphony of Science

Thanks Bill for the link to Symphony of Science: http://symphonyofscience.com/videos.html

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Water colour

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Particles of different sizes vary in how they scatter light. And depending on their pigment, they also impact the color of the ocean. Both are factors that influence the interpretation of NASA satellite data used for observing ocean “color” and … Continue reading

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Photosynthesising pigments

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Cyanobacteria… are often called blue-green algae… By producing oxygen as a gas as a by-product of photosynthesis, cyanobacteria are thought to have converted the early reducing atmosphere into an oxidizing one, which dramatically changed the composition of life forms on … Continue reading

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Thinking in different ways simultaneously

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Paul G. Falkowski and John A. Raven (2007) understand aquatic photosynthesis by thinking about it in different ways simultaneously. They think about organisms in terms of their life forms and growth patterns, and think about them from mechanical and observational … Continue reading

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