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Murray-Darling health dependent on water extraction levels

Originally published in Crikey, 27 November 2012 Four of the world’s great river systems, including the Murray-Darling Basin, are suffering significantly from reduced water flows. A new report shows that water extraction has the biggest impact on the health of a river. One of the report’s authors, Dr Jamie Pittock, told Crikey: ”While climate change … Continue reading

Climate change may not cause drought: new research

New research has questioned the consensus among many scientists that climate change is leading to a global increase in drought levels. The research has wide implications for how we predict the impacts of, and adapt to, climate change, concluding we need to take a much more regional approach to the issue. The paper, Little change … Continue reading

Food prices soaring thanks to global warming

Originally published in Crikey, 05 September 2012 A report released by the World Bank in late August showed that global food prices rose by 10% in July. The price hike has been largely due to the massive heatwaves and droughts that have swept across the United States and eastern Europe over the past few months, … Continue reading

Antarctic melt alarm as scientists find ‘very unusual’ warming

Originally published in Crikey, 23 August 2012 Scientists have drilled 364 metres into ice to complete the first ever comprehensive temperature record of the Antarctic Peninsula — and they’ve found evidence of “very unusual” and dramatic warming over the last century. The collapse of ice shelves in Antarctica has seen some of the most dramatic images of … Continue reading

Australia part of international primary health care study

Published in Australian Medicine, 7 May, 2012. http://ausmed.ama.com.au/australia-part-international-primary-health-care-study Australian doctors are being invited to take part in a landmark study using data from 34 countries to enable accurate international comparisons of primary health care systems. Researchers at the Australian National University and the University of Western Sydney are calling for doctors, specialists and other primary … Continue reading

It’s not just about socks and sandals

A new blog run by students from the Research School of Earth Sciences is being launched this week. The blog, OnCirculation: it’s not just about socks and sandals, is aimed at encouraging discussion about the Earth sciences in the community and engaging the next generation of Earth scientists, says regular blogger PhD student Kelly Strzepek. … Continue reading

Students step into science shoes

Originally published in ANU, On Campus, April 18 2012 A group of Indigenous school students from around Australia experienced life as science students at ANU last week. The students – from as far afield as Darwin – came to ANU as part of the Indigenous Youth Science Camp run by the Joint Colleges of Science. … Continue reading

Discovery shakes belief of Earth to the core

For a century, scientists have assumed that the Earth has the same chemical makeup as the sun. But this belief has been challenged by Professor Ian Campbell and Professor Hugh O’Neill from the Research School of Earth Sciences, who’s research shakes up our understanding of the Earth’s chemistry – right to the core. “For decades … Continue reading

Tamworth built on rock ‘n’ roll

Tamworth is famous as the home of Australian country music. But 350 million years ago, some hardcore rock n roll was also happening. Scientists from the Research School of Earth Sciences have discovered that granites in the New England area near Tamworth were produced by a remarkable process, whereby the magmas erupted from volcanoes turned to mud, then … Continue reading

Reach for the stars with a SkyMapper Internship

Originally published in ANU On Campus, March 2 2012 Sudents have the chance to explore the Universe with an internship in one of the world’s most exciting astronomical research projects, SkyMapper. Over the next few years the SkyMapper telescope will be used to map the southern sky to unprecedented depth. Astronomers will be able to … Continue reading