[ASC-media] Media Opportunities for Australasian Science, November 2010

Australasian Science science at control.com.au
Thu Oct 21 00:08:47 CEST 2010


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The Risky Business of Being Male
Female babies are more likely to survive a stressful pregnancy.

Lizards Give Birth To Cancer Clues
A gene found in a pregnant lizard may provide important information  
about the origins and treatment of cancer in humans.

Head Modification Explains the Origin of the First Australians
Evidence of head shape modification among Pleistocene Australians  
helps refute claims of an evolutionary connection with Indonesian Homo  
erectus.

Sleight of Memory
Our memories can easily deceive us, for good or for ill.

Sinking Aristotle’s Sailing Octopus
By expertly manipulating air gathered from the sea surface, argonauts  
are able to control their buoyancy and traverse the world’s oceans at  
depth.

Big Floods = Big Barras
More barramundi survive to adulthood during big flood years due to  
increased feeding opportunities.

Double Jeopardy for Corals
Not only are corals jeopardised by warmer waters but their growth is  
constrained as they change from heat-sensitive to heat-tolerant  
symbiotic algae in order to survive.

Capturing Carbon with Membranes
Membrane technologies being developed in Australia hope to cut the  
cost of capturing industrial emissions of carbon dioxide.

OPINIONS
The Straw Men of Climatology
The straw man arguments of climate contrarians portray a brittle image  
of climatology that ignores how science produces robust knowledge by  
embracing and correcting errors.

Ethics in Science
Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Penny Sackett, says that  
scientists have a social responsibility to maintain high ethical  
standards in their work.

The Science of Morality
A leading researcher into the biological basis of morality has been  
found guility of academic misconduct.

Clever Country Confusion
Julia Gillard's new ministry is not a coherent platform for science- 
based policy.

A Win for Science?
The minority government may do more for science than either of the  
major parties would have done with a secure majority.

Who Has the Backbone to Stop This?
Chiropractors should not promote their services as an alternative to  
vaccination or treat children for conditions like autism and asthma.


CONTACT
Media outlets wishing to receive a PDF of any of these stories should  
contact the Editor of Australasian Science, Guy Nolch, by emailing science at control.com.au 
. Please acknowledge Australasian Science as the source of any stories  
you publish.


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