Hamish Hastie

Hamish Hastie


Hails from: Perth, Western Australia

Past life: Hamish is a Curtin journalism graduate and currently works for an independent community newspaper. In the past he's dipped his toes in mining and at the ripe old age of 14 started his first job as a ‘pie technician’ for Jester’s Pies.

Favourite science: After science fiction, astronomy and technology are Hamish's great interests. Writing for SNWA provides a great privilege: being able to talk to scientists and find out what’s happening in science on the frontline.

Loves: He's partial to spending time with his xBox, kettle bell, and hitting the rugby field. He enjoys good food and attempting to cook some himself (with varying degrees of success). He's also a cheesy action movie tragic and has broad, but questionable, music taste.

Australia could have been home to some of Earth’s largest ever volcanic eruptions more than 100 million years ago.

THE Australian swimming team's golden performance in Rio this week can partly be attributed to athletes better utilising the underwater sections of races, according to a WA biomechanics expert.

WA'S honey is set for global recognition following a new partnership program between the industry and Bentley-based Chemcentre which could see honey values take off for local apiarists.

TEACHERS may soon have a way to pinpoint and measure the seriousness of covert bullying incidents at school and how it affects primary school-aged kids.

WEARABLE tracking devices are set to become even greater sports analysis tools for local athletes thanks to an algorithm developed by WA and Victorian sports scientists and mathematicians.

Thursday, 03 December 2015 06:00

Coastal reefs may add to erosion woes

PLANNING for beachfront homes in WA could be improved following an analysis of Yanchep’s reefs and beaches over 34 years which found reefs did not always reduce coastal erosion, as was previously thought. 

REMOTE weed detection is set for major advancement after Curtin University researchers successfully used satellite spectral imagery to pinpoint clusters of one of Australia’s most invasive weed species in the Pilbara.

MOVING species outside of their native habitat to protect them from threats like climate change is becoming a more accepted approach and sometimes is a last resort for certain species, according to a review of the technique.

EDITH Cowan University researchers are working on tools to improve future fishing management and conservation by developing effective geostatistical methods with which to model the spatial distributions of recreational fishing catch rates.

A CHANCE find on Broome’s Cable Beach in 2012 led researchers from the University of Adelaide and Charles Darwin University to find several specimens of two north western Australian sea snakes not seen since 2001.

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