[ASC-media] Story Opportunities from Australasian Science, August 2008

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Story Opportunities from Australasian Science, August 2008
Split Brains
Michael Gazzinaga has witnessed some astonishing effects in people whose
cerebral hemispheres have been separated.
Resurrection of an Extinct Gene
For the first time a gene from an extinct species has been resurrected in
another living organism, providing evidence of the gene¹s function.
Is Our Sun Special?
Is the Sun merely a random star or does it have for some special
life-enhancing property?
The Missing Carbon Link
The amount of CO2 that plants take out of the atmosphere during
photosynthesis is not matched by what is returned. Could microbes in our
rivers be the missing link?
You Are Only Young Once
Intestinal bacteria established during infancy could affect your health as
an adult.
Hot Southern Land
Rocks unusually enriched in the heat-producing elements uranium, thorium and
potassium have profoundly impacted the evolution of our continent and are
set to play a key role in Australia¹s energy future.
Sustainable Seacage Aquaculture
Australian and Indonesian researchers are examining ways to reduce the
environmental effects of seacage aquaculture in tropical waters.
Farming without Harming
Agriculture needs to find new ways to feed the world¹s expanding population
in an era of climate change, dwindling natural resources and rising energy
and fertiliser prices.
>From Elephants to AIDS
Professor Roger Short¹s research interests in reproduction biology range
from the largest land mammal to humans and an epidemic-causing virus.
Getting Serious about Zero
There is much that Australia can do to help create a world free of nuclear
weapons, especially in light of fresh assessments of their catastrophic
potential damage.

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

Guy Nolch (Editor, Australasian Science) on 03 9500 0015.

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