[ASC-media] Story Opportunities from Australasian Science, Nov/Dec 2003

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12 November 2003
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Story Opportunities from Australasian Science, Nov/Dec 2003

* Why are gold nanocrystals also red, purple, blue and green, and what
applications can these bizarre properties be used for?
* How are new sugar-based material with 0.5 nm pores being developed to
clean up oil spills?
* How are nanostructures engineered to deliver precise dosages of drugs?
* How are viruses being used to grow semiconductor wires?
* Why will thermodynamic limits to nanomachines ensure that they will run
backwards part of the time?
* What are the potential military, health and environmental issues arising
from nanotechnology?

Fox on the Run 
Traditional methods of fox control also put native wildlife at risk. Clive
Marks describes new technologies that will target foxes specifically and
CSIRO's Boss Shifting Ground
Last year, Geoff Garrett aborted a pre-arranged interview with Peter Pockley
by declining to answer any questions. Now, at his request, he speaks without

Cross-breeding the Key to Coral Success
Madeleine van Oppen, Bette Willis and David Miller overturn the notion that
cross-fertilisation between related species is only significant in the
evolution of plants.
Cholesterol Linked to Cell Communication Breakdown
Tapping into the ways that our cells communicate with each other could give
an early warning of heart disease, according to Katharina Gaus.
The Real Cost of Storing Carbon Underground
Simon Grose examines a dispute that is attempting to undermine the
independence of the government's chief scientific adviser.

Australasian Science Prize Awarded to Neuroscientist
Professor Mark Rowe has been awarded our annual award for work that
overturned conceptions of how sensory information is transmitted and

A Sporting Chance for Homeopathy
Guy Nolch finds a new market for homeopathy during rugby's World Cup.

Early Warning Focus on Health
Julian Cribb reports on CSIRO's new focus on preventing chronic illness by
attempting to detect the first molecular indicators of disease.

Reckless Squandering of Talent Hurts the Knowledge Economy
The government must dramatically improve career paths for young scientists,
says Snow Barlow. 

Please cite AUSTRALASIAN SCIENCE MAGAZINE as the source of these stories.

Guy Nolch (Editor, Australasian Science) (03) 9500 0015;
email science at control.com.au

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