Monthly Archives: October 2013

Anal Sex and the Fight Against Global Warming (no, not about birth control)

Most US elections are held in even numbered years, but some states and cities insist on bucking the trend. Normally, in the year following presidential elections there are three big contests that dominate the news, for the governors of Virginia … Continue reading

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Two Strange and Significant Elections For Climate Change

Most US elections are held in even numbered years, but some states and cities insist on bucking the trend. Normally, in the year following presidential elections there are three big contests that dominate the news, for the governors of Virginia … Continue reading

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The Science Story With Everything

Back in August I posted this on Facebook: “I have been given what looks like the perfect science story. It combines geology, paleontology, astronomy, ecology and a little chemistry to produce a radical but plausible explanation for a major scientific … Continue reading

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Crowded-Funded Autism Research on Touchscreen-Using Mice

My friend, former housemate and bartender extraordinaire (oh and brilliant scientist) Emma Burrows is having a Pozible fundraiser¬†for the research she is doing to find a cure autism. You have until December 9 to get on board. The science itself … Continue reading

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Liberal Defectors

This evening, while attending a vaguely lefty fundraiser I ran into an old opponent from student politics. Given the location I was interested if his politics had changed and gently tried to ask about this. He said he had “moved … Continue reading

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The Inevitable Conclusion of Mia Freeman’s Logic

So Mia Freedman (backing up someone on Slate whose name I can’t be bothered researching) thinks that part of the answer to stopping rape is to warn women about drinking to much and getting into dangerous situations. My friends¬†Amy Gray, … Continue reading

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Venom Double Act

The December edition of Australasian Science will have an unusual occurrence – two articles by me on largely unrelated work from the same team. Professor Glenn King of the University of Queensland Institute of Molecular Biology told me this was … Continue reading

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