Cris Burne

Cris Burne


Hails from: Perth, Western Australia

Past life: Cristy has worked as editor at CERN, home of the atom-smashing Large Hadron Collider, and editor of CSIRO’s Scientriffic magazine. She's also written exhibition panels for the Australian Museum, edited biotech patents, and travelled across rural South Africa to spread the word of science. 

Favourite science: Technology and innovation. Cristy’s undergrad degree was in biotechnology.

Loves: Her family, writing children’s literature, travel, gardening, bike-riding, spaghetti bolognaise, dogs, energetic people, and good luck.

Friday, 28 October 2016 08:30

Perth science teacher wins PM’s Prize

PERTH educator Suzy Urbaniak has won this year's Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching.

THANKS to WA’s world-class low frequency radio telescope, we now know what happened to a distant star millions of years before we first saw its explosion, just thirty years ago.

COLOUR-CHANGING fish have only one skin, but they use it to communicate social status, attract mates, avoid predators and more. So what happens when those functions collide?

FARMERS are on the frontline of Australia’s agricultural biosecurity, but if an exotic pest sets up shop in their crop, could they recognise it?

SIGN up for your free pantry trap, discover what happens in your pantry after dark, and you’ll also help Australia’s biosecurity.

IMAGES of instant journeys across the galaxy in a spaceship or beaming down onto a planet's surface from the USS Enterprise have long been consigned to science fiction. But imagine for a moment what you would do if Star Trek science was real.

Monday, 01 August 2016 06:00

Why Aussie kids need organised sport

GIRLS who don’t play organised sport early will probably never play—and they’ll miss out on health benefits that go with it.

Monday, 12 September 2016 06:00

What is killing Australia’s smallest owls?

WHEN a rare bird is in decline, its rarity becomes part of the problem: how can you protect a species you poorly understand and seldom see? That’s where the boobook—Australia’s smallest and most common owl—comes in.

CONSUMER beware: every captive Dory you see—be it pet shop or aquarium—has been wild-caught from a reef.

THANKS to the leadership of Ms Angie Monk, recognised this month as Australia’s Nurse of the Year, patients undergoing major surgery can be assured they’re receiving world-leading care.

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