Author and UWA graduate Julian Cribb provides specialist
consultancy in the communication of science, agriculture, food, mining, energy
and the environment. He was formerly scientific editor of The Australian and
Director of National Awareness for the CSIRO and is a Fellow of the Australian
Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. His book The Coming Famine queries whether we can
feed humanity through the mid-century peak in population. In a letter to the
journal Nature he made the case for... Re-naming the human race: by Julian Cribb
I'm coming back from what I believe was a successful
lecture, when I run straight into one of my students whom I know was supposed
to be in the class.
I ask the student: "Why were you not there in my riveting
calculus class?" The response ... "I no longer bother to attend lectures; it is
a better use of my time to watch the recorded lecture that is posted later
online for free viewing ..."
Just as women used to sit in groups weaving together, more than 100 women (and men) at UWA sat together in the Tropical Grove, listening to Carolyn Oldham weave together the threads of her vision for a resilient and excellent university.
Labor MP Craig Thomson is the latest Australian worker to be stung by the outdated culture of medical certificates. Mr Thomson fell ill with abdominal pain and was issued a medical certificate that would keep him from Federal Parliament.
For thousands of years, Aboriginal Australians burned forests to promote grasslands for hunting and other purposes. Recent research suggests that these burning practices also affected the timing and intensity of the Australian summer monsoon.
Archaeology is the study of the remains of the past but has long been predatory on the sciences and their ever-growing technologies. I was brought up as a student in 1970s Britain, when we learned of the wonderful revelations to be made through aerial viewing of almost any human landscape.
Around this time of year you see plenty of articles (such as this one) reflecting on notable technologies and events of the year now gone. Such pieces will also attempt to predict the events of the year just started.