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ABC Science Updates: Capture the colour of an Aussie winter and you could win

ABC Science Online Email Updates

01 July 2010

Welcome to the ABC Science Updates, find out what's happening in the world of science this week.

Top news stories of the week

Nano-lasers to light homes of the future

Nano-lasers to light homes of the future

Scientists have come up with a way to 'print' lasers that could one day be used to create wafer-thin televisions and lighting panels.

Study finds new potential flu defence

Study finds new potential flu defence

The human body makes rare antibodies effective against all flu viruses and these might be boosted to design a better universal flu treatment, researchers report.


Clock ticking on growing toxic waste pile


Galactic monster mystery solved


Blood test predicts menopause date

What's new

Capture the colour of winter

Capture the colour of winter

Photo competition | It may seem like life stops in the dull grey of winter, but look closely and you'll see the colours of nature even in the coldest months of the year. Capture the colour of nature in an Australian winter and you could win a ABC Shop gift voucher!

What is acid rain?

What is acid rain?

Ask an Expert | Acid rain not only kills off plants and animals by poisoning forests and lakes, but it also slowly eats away many man-made structures such as buildings and bridges.

Blobs in space

Blobs in space

StarStuff Podcast | Astronomers solve 'green monster' mystery. Plus: particles to get rethink; and Japan shows off souvenirs from 5-billion-kilometre round trip to space.

T-rex protected in name only

T-rex protected in name only

Great Moments in Science | We know that the dinosaurs came to a dreadful end. But Dr Karl thinks that there was at least one beast that ruled them all.

Magnetic metals and tattoo theories

Magnetic metals and tattoo theories

Dr Karl on triplej | Why are some metals magnetic and other metals are not? Does tattooed skin act as a barrier for skin cancer? Why isn't Pluto a planet anymore?

Download your July star map!

Download your July star map!

Big Aussie Star Hunt | Download your free star map, find a dark place and see if you can spot the Emu in the Sky stretching along the length of the Milky Way. Check out our 'special features' to learn more about this amazing Indigenous constellation.

ABC Health & Wellbeing

Driving and dementia

Driving and dementia

Having dementia doesn't automatically make you unfit to drive. But how can you tell when driving is safe or when there's a need to steer clear of the road?

ABC Environment

Climate change: not all black and white

Climate change: not all black and white

Aboriginal Australians have much to offer in the way of environmental knowledge, but many believe climate change is just another change in a land they've managed for centuries.

Catch up with ABC Radio and TV…

ABC audio media   Stochasticity and randomness

The Science Show | Radiolab, from WNYC in New York City, looks at the role chance and randomness play in sport, gambling, and even the cells in our own body.

ABC audio media   The remarkable story of HM: remembering the man without memory

All in the Mind | HM, the most famous patient in 20th century neuroscience, lived in a state of permanent amnesia following brain surgery. HM's brain, which was dissected after his death, continues to offer remarkable insights into the machinations of human memory.

ABC audio media   Retro revenge

Ockham's Razor | Melbourne author Andrew Herrick talks about the fact that most of us are obsessed with anything new on the market, can't wait to buy the latest gizmo and are only too ready to discard anything that's old.

ABC audio media   Famine and civil rights in India

The Health Report | (Repeat) Eminent Indian paediatrician and public health physician Binayak Sen spent two years in jail. His only crime may have been that he spoke up too loudly for the 400 million Indians who live in famine and, in particular, the Indigenous community being thrown off their land for mining interests.

ABC audio media   Scientists regrow a functioning lung

RN Breakfast | It sounds like science fiction, but a group of researchers in the US have successfully regrown a functioning lung. Scientists believe the technique could be used to provide genetically compatible lungs for people who have severe respiratory diseases.

Listen to more science on Radio National


ABC video media   Animal action: jumping ants

Catalyst | The trap jaw ant has a whopping set of mandibles for catching prey. But it also uses its mandibles to trigger an amazing defensive high jump.

ABC video media   BLUElink ocean forecasting

Catalyst | Australian scientists have created one of the most comprehensive ocean weather forecasting systems in the world. Called BLUElink, the software can forecast ocean temperatures, salinity, sea level, and velocities all the way from the surface, right down to the sea floor.

ABC video media   Surfing scientist: sea walls

Catalyst | Man-made sea walls are a familiar, and increasingly essential feature on the urbanised coast, but they come at a cost to marine creatures and intertidal habitats. Dr Mark Browne has come up with a simple, yet effective, solution to the problem.

Watch more Catalyst stories


ABC audio media   Regenerative helmet

Innovations | A Melbourne designer has developed a helmet that fits a cyclist's head perfectly to help prevent head injuries and provide protection.

Listen online or subscribe to Radio Australia podcasts


Coming up…

Ockham's Razor

Ockham's Razor

Sunday 4 July, 8.45 am, Radio National

Electric junk | Today's excessive demand for electricity comes from appliances that clutter the average Australian household. Dr Trevor McAllister discusses our dependence on electricity, which began with the incandescent light bulb.

See full Radio National guide

Catalyst

Catalyst

Thursday 8 July, 8.00 pm, ABC 1

Space balloons | To search deep space, astronomers don't just rely on observatories and space telescopes. They also use balloons. But, as Graham Phillips finds out, launching a balloon laden with expensive equipment is not easy.

See full ABC TV guide


In the Sky this Week with Ian Musgrave

Thursday July 1 to Thursday July 8

The Last Quarter Moon is Monday July 5. Venus is readily visible in the early evening, heading towards Regulus. Venus, Regulus, Mars and Saturn make an attractive line up. Mercury returns to the evening sky. Jupiter is prominent in the morning sky and is close to the Moon on Sunday July 4.

More…

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TV3 Latest Sports News

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Saints overwhelm hapless Pistons

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 11:39 AM PDT

The Saints beat the Pistons 98-69 in the NBL finals.

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Sonny Bill floors beer-gutted opponent

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 11:35 AM PDT

Sonny Bill took just over two minutes to floor Ryan Hogan.

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Nadal beats Soderling in Wimbledon quarterfinals

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 11:28 AM PDT

Rafael Nadal eliminated Robin Soderling in four sets at Wimbledon.

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Germans: Argentina shows no respect

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 11:26 AM PDT

Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has accused Argentina of showing no respect for opponents and referees.

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French parliament hearing into World Cup fiasco

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 11:23 AM PDT

French legislators are demanding answers on how their World Cup bid went wrong.

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Williams sisters out of Wimbledon in quarterfinals

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 11:20 AM PDT

Venus and Serena Williams lost to Russians Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva in the doubles quarters at Wimbledon.

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Federer loses to Berdych in Wimbledon quarters

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 11:17 AM PDT

For the first time in eight years, Roger Federer won't be playing in the Wimbledon final.

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Nikau gets in the ring with Lotto presenter

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 03:14 AM PDT

Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier met in the Thriller in Manila, but New Zealand's just had its own version.

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Junior Football Ferns off to World Cup

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 03:08 AM PDT

The All Whites' World Cup campaign transfixed the nation, and now the under-20s women's side are about to head off to their own World Cup in Germany.

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Cleary confident of win against Parramatta

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 11:01 PM PDT

The Warriors are coming off the back of two hard fought victories and look to have hit form.

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Golfers drive off 40-storey building for charity

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 10:04 PM PDT

Golfing legend Annika Sorenstam has taken the sport to new heights.

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Wimbledon: Day 8 Wrap

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 10:00 PM PDT

Tennis star Venus Williams has been beaten at Wimbledon, losing 6-2, 6-3 to Bulgarian Tsvetlana Pironkova.

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Tiger Woods denies rift with Steve Williams

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 09:46 PM PDT

Tiger Woods has shot down rumours of a rift with his caddie Steve Williams.

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New Zealander's chances firm for ICC vice-pres job

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 08:10 PM PDT

New Zealander Sir John Anderson's chances of becoming the International Cricket Council's (ICC) president have firmed.

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Full interview with Ivan Cleary

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 08:03 PM PDT

They hope to carry the winning momentum through to their clash with the Eels.

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Full interview with Warrior Jerome Ropati

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 08:00 PM PDT

The Warriors sealed a last minute win over the Roosters in Christchurch on Sunday.

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Parramatta desperate for morale boost

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 06:50 PM PDT

The Warriors can heap on-field angst on an opponents' off-field issues for a second successive Sunday.

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CD draw tough champions league group

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 06:22 PM PDT

The New Zealand titleholders are guaranteed four matches at the 10-team tournament.

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Octopus Oracle Paul predicts Germany will beat Argentina

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 04:32 PM PDT

Octopus oracle Paul on Wednesday hesitated but ultimately picked Germany to win.

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Lobbyists stand to profit from Australia’s World Cup bid: report

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 04:13 PM PDT

Two European lobbyists stand to receive more than A$11 million in fees and bonuses.

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Nadal, Soderling to renew rivalry

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 04:01 PM PDT

The Spaniard and Swede will meet in a major event for the third time since June 2009.

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South Africa seal series victory over West Indies

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 02:16 PM PDT

The Proteas sealed a 2-0 victory in the series to retain the Sir Vivian Richards Trophy.

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3 News - Latest News Headlines

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France air crash: Wait for final report, says specialist

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 11:46 AM PDT

The cause of a fatal Air NZ crash off the coast of France won't be known until a final report is released.

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Saints overwhelm hapless Pistons

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 11:39 AM PDT

The Saints completed a dominant 98-69 win over the Pistons in the NBL finals.

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Sonny Bill floors beer-gutted opponent

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 11:35 AM PDT

Sonny Bill Williams took just two minutes 30 seconds to floor Ryan "Hulk" Hogan.

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Nadal beats Soderling in Wimbledon quarterfinals

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 11:28 AM PDT

Rafael Nadal has reached the Wimbledon semi-finals by eliminating Robin Soderling in four sets.

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Germans: Argentina shows no respect

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 11:26 AM PDT

Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has accused Argentina of showing no respect for opponents and referees.

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French parliament hearing into World Cup fiasco

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 11:23 AM PDT

French legislators are demanding answers on how the country's World Cup bid went spectacularly wrong.

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Williams sisters out of Wimbledon in quarterfinals

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 11:20 AM PDT

Venus and Serena Williams lost to Russians Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva in the doubles quarters at Wimbledon.

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Federer loses to Berdych in Wimbledon quarters

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 11:17 AM PDT

For the first time in eight years, Roger Federer won't be playing in the Wimbledon final.

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Exxon Mobil to buy BP?

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 04:54 AM PDT

Shares in BP are up more than 9 percent in London, a day after an industry analyst stirred talk of a possible takeover of the British oil company.

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Shuttle ride accident leaves 10 dead

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 04:51 AM PDT

An accident on a space-themed ride at a southern Chinese amusement park has killed six people and injured 10.

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Google reapplies for Chinese net licence

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 04:35 AM PDT

China is threatening to revoke Google's business license over the company's decision to redirect Chinese traffic to computers in Hong Kong.

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Man arrested after bomb scare

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 04:32 AM PDT

A 40-year-old man has been arrested after a bomb scare in a Christchurch street this afternoon.

Waiting for Godot - full interview

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 04:27 AM PDT

Nightline sat down with the cast and crew of play Waiting for Godot, including Sir Ian McKellen. Watch the interview.

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The Emissions Trading Scheme - a guide

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 03:48 AM PDT

The main aim of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions emitted in New Zealand.

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Green advocates find flaws in ETS

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 03:37 AM PDT

The Emissions Trading Scheme sees the Government in opposition to green advocates.

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Quake rattles Mexico

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 03:29 AM PDT

A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattled the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca Wednesday, and was felt at least as far away as Mexico City.

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Europe's poorest send less money home

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 03:27 AM PDT

Many of Europe's poorest migrant workers are sending less money home - another blow delivered to the continent's east by global economic and financial turmoil.

Nikau gets in the ring with Lotto presenter

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 03:14 AM PDT

Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier met in the Thriller in Manila, but New Zealand's just had its own version.

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Junior Football Ferns off to World Cup

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 03:08 AM PDT

The All Whites' World Cup campaign transfixed the nation, and now the under-20s women's side are about to head off to their own World Cup in Germany.

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Vampires - from Nosferatu to Team Edward

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 03:03 AM PDT

As the 'twihards' camp out to get their camp out for the glimpse of Eclipse, spare a thought for the movie vampire who started it all, Nosferatu.

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Godot finally arrives in New Zealand

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 02:52 AM PDT

He may be one of the most respected actors in the world, but Sir Ian McKellen had to beg theatre companies to undertake his latest play.

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Broad to step down as Police Commissioner

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 02:32 AM PDT

Police Commissioner Howard Broad announced tonight that he is not seeking a second term of office when his term ends next April.

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90-year-old charged with raping children

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 02:27 AM PDT

A 90-year-old Australian was arrested and charged with raping four young sisters whom he allegedly lured to his home in Thailand.

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Secret tunnel discovered in pharoah's tomb

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 02:24 AM PDT

Egypt's antiquities department has announced the excavation of an unfinished tunnel, possibly meant to be a secret tomb, inside a 3,300-year-old pharaoh's grave.

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Guided By Voices reform classic line up

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 02:17 AM PDT

The most famous line-up of cult indie rockers Guided By Voices is to reunite to celebrate Matador Records' 21st anniversary.

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Pink's tourbus blows a tyre

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 02:15 AM PDT

Pink has praised her driver for safely manoeuvring her tour bus off a busy motorway after it blew a tyre yesterday.

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Potatoes our number one vege

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 02:12 AM PDT

New Zealanders love their spuds, which narrowly squeaked past tomatoes to take the No 1 spot in a survey to find the country's favourite veggies.

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World News Summary - 01.07.10

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 01:59 AM PDT

Stay up-to-date with the latest headlines as the news from around the world develops throughout the day.

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Housing NZ opens its doors to private investors

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 01:44 AM PDT

Few are now talking about the changes to tax on residential property investment which is understandable.

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Inmates forced to wear hot pink jumpsuits

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 01:16 AM PDT

A southwestern Oklahoma sheriff is dressing county inmates in hot pink jumpsuits as a deterrent to crime and to make them easier to spot.

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