Wednesday, August 11, 2010

ABC Science Updates: What's on the ABC during National Science Week?

ABC Science Online Email Updates

12 August 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

Scientists record fast evolving fish

Scientists record fast evolving fish

A species of fish can adapt in just three generations to survive a sharp change in temperature, researchers say.

Slime moulds explain irrational humans

Slime moulds explain irrational humans

Humans aren't the only ones that make irrational choices; new research has found single-celled brain-less slime moulds do it too.

Butchered bones prove early meat eating

No need to wait after miscarriage: study

Good looks kills job chances: study

What's new

What's on during National Science Week?

What's on during National Science Week?

National Science Week 2010 | Celebrate National Science Week with the ABC between 14 and 22 August. Check out what's on ABC TV, radio and online, and sign up to the Big Sleep Survey!

Amazing sleep facts

Amazing sleep facts

Big Sleep Survey 2010 | Did you know that tiny luminous rays from a digital alarm clock can be enough to disrupt the sleep cycle even if you do not fully wake?

Do animals taste the same things as humans?

Do animals taste the same things as humans?

Ask an expert | Can cats taste 'sweet'? Or do animals other than humans have similar taste receptors to us?

Lunar lumps show Moon bone-dry

Lunar lumps show Moon bone-dry

StarStuff Podcast | Moon rocks give clue to Earth's water origins. Plus: third space walk fails to repair space station air-con; and UK releases top-secret UFO files.

Clean hands get germ-free

Clean hands get germ-free

Great Moments in Science | There are numerous benefits that pour forth from staying clean. Dr Karl puts his hands together for the simple act of digital drenching.

Charges, cuts and stitches

Charges, cuts and stitches

Dr Karl on triple j | Why do rechargeable batteries need to be run fully flat? Plus: why do shaving cuts bleed more than normally?; and what is runner's 'stitch'?

ABC Health & Wellbeing

Kids need a good night's sleep

Kids need a good night's sleep

Sleep problems in kids don't just drive parents batty, they also affect children's health and development. What can be done?

ABC Environment

Ten climate policy ideas Julia or Tony could steal

Ten climate policy ideas Julia or Tony could steal

Some might say the government and the opposition are lacking for ideas on climate change policy. ABC Environment has 10 good ones they could consider.

Catch up with ABC Radio and TV…

ABC audio media   Learning from Victoria's fire disaster

The Science Show | Scientists want more from the Royal Commission Report on the fires in Victoria, believing too much evidence has been restricted because of legal requirements connected with ongoing criminal cases.

ABC audio media   Investing in science

The Science Show | Suzanne Cory is the first elected female president of the Australian Academy of Science. She says science has sadly been omitted as an issue as we move towards the August 21 election.

ABC audio media   David Attenborough - eyebrows

The Science Show |  Why do we have eyebrows? Do they protect our eyes from water? Or help us communicate? Is the eyebrow lift something we learn to do, or is it instinctive? David Attenborough describes his own personal experiment.

ABC audio media   Challenging stereotypes: culture, psychology and the Asian self

All in the Mind |  As East and West meet across the boardroom tables of big business, there's growing interest in how culture shapes the psyche and self. This week, controversial research on self-esteem. Do East Asians need less of it to feel good about themselves?

ABC audio media   Calcium supplements - follow up

The Health Report |  Last week we reported on suggestions that calcium supplements may be associated with a risk of heart attacks and maybe strokes. Some Australian and overseas researchers believe that the study was flawed and reject the findings.

ABC audio media   Teenage sleep research

Life Matters | Australian adolescent sleeping patterns have been revealed for the first time in a large study by researchers at the University of South Australia. Their finding? Teenagers are not sleeping nearly enough.

ABC audio media   Fireworks and science in European history

Late Night Live |  The early collaboration between pyrotechnicians, artists and scientists led to the development of the sciences we know today including physics, astronomy, chemistry, physiology, and even meteorology.

ABC audio media   2010 Reith lecture series: scientific horizons

Big Idea | Part three: What we'll never know. Does science have the answers to help us save our planet?

ABC audio media   Science with Chris Smith - atmospheric blurring

RN Breakfast |  The distortion of light caused by heat rising from the Earth's surface gives stars their twinkle, but it also makes them tricky to observe with a telescope. Now scientists have figured how to take the twinkle out of stars.

Listen to more science on Radio National

ABC video media   Shock salt: Designing salt tolerant crops

Catalyst |  Researchers in Adelaide are using new breeding techniques to develop plant varieties that can better cope with drought and salinity.

ABC video media   The hole truth: Have we fixed hole in the ozone layer?

Catalyst |  In the 1980s, scientists published startling evidence of a hole in the ozone layer. In 1989, governments around the world agreed to cut CFC emissions under the Montreal Protocol. Is the ozone problem now fixed? And how could that global action inform our current climate change challenges?

ABC video media   Brain freeze: inside the minds of Parkinson's sufferers

Catalyst |  Sydney scientists have come up with an innovative way of seeing what happens in the brains of people with Parkinson's disease when they experience 'freeze of gait'.

ABC video media   Animal action: drunken worms

Catalyst |  Surprisingly the Caenorhabditis elegans worm deals with alcohol in a similar way to humans. Researchers at the University of Southhampton have been studying the effects of alcohol on its nervous system.

Watch more Catalyst stories

ABC audio media   Black tiger prawn made perfect

Innovations |  A decade of selective breeding and research by Australian scientists has produced what could be the world's most perfect prawn.

Listen online or subscribe to Radio Australia podcasts

Coming up…

Ockham's Razor

Ockham's Razor

Sunday 15 July, 8.45 am, Radio National

Carbon offsets and ecosystems | Stopping deforestation and ecosystem degradation and putting a price on terrestrial carbon should be one of the most pressing of global tasks, argues ecologist Penny van Oosterzee.

See full Radio National guide



Thursday 19 August, 8.00 pm, ABC 1

Citizen science special | Catalyst wants you to unleash your inner scientist! In a National Science Week special we look at ways ordinary people are getting involved in scientific pursuits through citizen science.

See full ABC TV guide

In the Sky this Week with Ian Musgrave

Thursday August 12 to Thursday August 19

The First Quarter Moon is Tuesday August 17. Four of the five classic planets are visible together in the early evening sky. Mercury is prominent below these planets and is close to the crescent Moon on the 12th. The Perseid meteor shower occurs on the morning of the 13th. The crescent Moon joins the triad of Venus, Mars and Saturn on the 13th. Comet Encke may be visible in binoculars near Mercury by the 17th.


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