Author Archives: Stephen Luntz

About Stephen Luntz

I am a science journalist, specialising in Australian and New Zealand research across all fields of science. My book, Forensics, Fossils and Fruitbats: A Field Guide to Australian Scientists is out now through CSIRO Publishing. I am also a professional returning officer for non-government organisations. I'm very politically active, but generally try to restrict this blog to scientific matters.

Vale Johnny Clegg

It’s not often you get to participate in an important historical moment simply by watching television on your grandparents couch, but it happened to me when I was 14. To explain: my grandparents lived in South Africa, so despite my … Continue reading

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How South Australia Could Have Changed The World, And Might Still

It’s easy to see something as large as climate change as inevitable. Indeed it is hard to imagine how humans, being what we are, were ever going to build a high-tech society without messing with the planet’s thermostat to some … Continue reading

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Only In Silence

Near the end of primary school I sat an exam for a scholarship. One part involved selections from a set of young adult books, all involving dragons, followed by comprehension questions. I did well enough on the exam to win … Continue reading

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Why No Voters Aren’t Like No Campaigners

When marriage equality first appeared in public debate I supported it because: equality is important it would make a few people happy I could not for the life of me make sense of any of the claims about the supposed … Continue reading

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The Trump Victory And Two Sorts Of Racism

“Northern and southern racism are different. Southern racists don’t care how close blacks get, as long as they don’t get too high. Northern racists don’t care how high they get, as long as they don’t get too close.” Sadly, I … Continue reading

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A few last minute thoughts on tomorrow’s election:

No time to edit, just throwing this up there: I think the most likely outcome is that Clinton will win by somewhat more than the polls predict. This is followed by a narrow Clinton win. Nevertheless, I also think the … Continue reading

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One Term Government? Saved By the Swan?

Not long after the last election I wrote why I thought it more likely than not that the Abbott government would not be re-elected, at least with a majority in its own right. It’s been one of the few posts that … Continue reading

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