[ASC-media] FW: R&D Roundup Newsletter October

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ISSN 1320-8977
Oct 2006


Australian R&D Review editors:
Adjunct Professor Julian Cribb & Dr Gio Braidotti

'R&D Review is an engaging blend of industry facts and invited opinions that
together provide an informed, contextual analysis of Australian R&D. I look
forward to reading it as soon as it arrives.' - Dr Alan Finkel


  <http://www.coretext.com.au/newsletter/images/anchor.gif> Radical

  <http://www.coretext.com.au/newsletter/images/anchor.gif> Biofuel bugs <> 

  <http://www.coretext.com.au/newsletter/images/anchor.gif> Clean brown <> 

  <http://www.coretext.com.au/newsletter/images/anchor.gif> Artificial
plants <> 

Also in Australian R&D Review magazine this month:

  <http://www.coretext.com.au/newsletter/images/anchor.gif> Special: Send in
the clones

  <http://www.coretext.com.au/newsletter/images/anchor.gif> Opinion <>  - Dr
Rowan Gilmore, CEO of the Australian Institute for Commercialisation; and Dr
Barrie Pittock, renowned climate scientist

  <http://www.coretext.com.au/newsletter/images/anchor.gif> Book review <>
- Plankton: a critical creation by Professor Gustaaf Hallegraeff 


Radical unblocker
A new drug has been shown to improve blood flow in diseased arteries,
reducing the risk of hypertension and heart attacks. Developed by a Monash
University-Bayer team, it is hoped the drug will form one part of a new way
of managing heart disease. Clinical trials of the drug are already underway.

Biofuel bugs
Microalgae are being cultivated for biodiesel production as part of a
research program by the South Australian Research and Development Institute
(SARDI) which seeks to exploit the high oil content of the single-celled
organisms. The program seeks to select species with rapid growth and high
oil yields and also fund the development of culture systems.

Clean brown
The Victorian Government has announced a $12 million program to develop
advanced low-emission technologies associated with power generation. The
Brown Coal Research and Development Grants Program will assist new
technologies to boost the use of Victoria's vast brown coal reserves.

Artificial plants
A research team at the University of Sydney has created molecules that mimic
those in plants that harvest light and power life on Earth. Dr Deanne
D'Alessandro says that a leaf is an amazingly cheap and efficient solar cell
that can harvest 30 to 40 per cent of the light falling on them while the
best solar cells humans can build are between 15 and 20 per cent efficient
and expensive to make. "We've recreated some of the key systems that plants
use in photosynthesis."

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Special: Send in the clones
Craig Cormick, manager of public awareness at Biotechnology Australia,
reviews the way human cloning is portrayed in Hollywood films and discovers
portrayals that are often scientifically inaccurate, with the technology in
the hands of evil scientists or immoral corporations operating outside the
law. A study of public attitudes on the same subject found strong concerns
about human reproductive cloning which closely mirrored the movie imagery.

Redefining the R&D landscape...
Australian business expenditure on R&D was $8.44 billion for 2004-05 but
that still leaves Australia well below competitor countries with similar
living standards. Dr Rowan Gilmore, CEO of the Australian Institute for
Commercialisation, explores ways to improve Australia's ability to
commercialise R&D by encouraging firms to better leverage the public
investment in research in order to transform the prevailing industrial

Climate change: scarier than we thought?
To renowned climate scientist, Dr Barrie Pittock, recent extreme weather
events point to a higher probability of more serious impacts than the
consensus view represented in the Third Assessment Report of the 2001
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Concerned that scientists may
have downplayed the more extreme possibilities at the high end of the
uncertainty range, Dr Pittock asserts that the object of policy-relevant
advice must be to avoid unacceptable outcomes and not to determine the most
likely outcome.

Book review
In Plankton: a critical creation, Professor Gustaaf Hallegraeff traces his
journey of fascination with the microscopic world of plankton. These tiny
plant-like creatures are the most numerous and least considered beings on
the planet, yet humanity could not survive without them. Invisibly, they
form the air we breathe and serve as the fount of life in oceans, rivers and

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