Category Archives: book

Aceh On Fire (greatly expanded)

Aceh documentary You may have heard that air quality in Singapore has been dangerously bad recently as a result of smoke from fires in Sumatra. One of the Cool Scientists from the book, Dr Emma Collier-Baker contacted me today to … Continue reading

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Hug A Climate Scientist redux

It’s Hug a Climate Scientist day today. The idea came from a First Dog On The Moon cartoon noting that climate scientists have to face every day in their research the fact that the environment we depend on is under … Continue reading

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Flying High

When asked to name my favourite scientist from the book, I usually go for Saul Griffith. Ilon Musk will probably ensure that Griffith will not take the title of the Da Vinci/Edison of our generation but he’s certainly got some … Continue reading

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Someone Call Buffy

Embiggin Books are wonderful. I say this not just because they specialise in science books and actually put my book in the window for a while, but because they are seriously trying to promote intellectual debate in Melbourne. I’d really … Continue reading

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An Australian Curiosity

It’s fantastic that for the second time in a couple of months the world has been transfixed by a scientific story. Personally I find the arrival of Curiosity on Mars far more exciting than the discovery of the Higgs Boson, … Continue reading

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Science Writing Prize Shut Down

Anyone who wants to know if Campbell Newman really does intend to return Queensland to the Joh era got their answer yesterday. The closure of the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards is an announcement that literature, art and indeed intellectualism are … Continue reading

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Re-igniting Scientific Interest

Update: While the general trend is certainly right, it seems the figures used in the report for science enrollments are inaccurate, and probably overstate the extent of the decline. The Australian Academy of Science has quantified what we all knew … Continue reading

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