Taylor Bartels

Taylor Bartels

ScienceNetwork engager

Hails from: Perth, Western Australia.
Past life: Taylor graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2013 and has since blogged for Polkadot Bride Australia and built her own children’s entertainment company.
Favourite science: Taylor has a love for teaching primary science education and is passionate about engaging our youth in what science has to offer.
Loves: Taylor is an avid face and body painting artist who spends the majority of her spare time practicing and entertaining children with her craft.
Contact: Get the latest from Taylor and ScienceNetwork WA on Twitter or Facebook.

Thursday, 07 April 2016 16:15

Communicate to inspire: A how to guide

Hordes of science communicators from across Western Australia descended upon Technology Park on the 23rd of March to hone their communications arsenal, and engage with some of Australia’s most influential speakers such as former WA Premier Carmen Lawrence, and CEO of Science & Technology Australia Catriona Jackson.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 16:36

Tech-savvy observatory opens its doors

Say goodbye to plain desks and whiteboards, as the Governor-General has launched The University of Western Australia's tech-savvy new learning environment, the Future's Observatory.

Lady Cosgrove and the Governor-General toured the facility with UWA staff and students, exploring virtual reality, robots, 3D Printing and collaborative touch screens.

The observatory is designed to inspire academic staff and provide an engaging learning environment for students, by housing the latest technologies and offering scholarships to staff to support their research. 

The hands-on workspace targets a future where science, technology and innovation come to the fore, and will help meet the expectations of students who have their finger on the pulse of new technologies.

“It will be an example to other educational institutions across Australia of a centre that applies the way we teach and learn with the imagination and genius of those who use it,” the Governor-General says.

Thursday, 11 February 2016 11:09

Driverless vehicles touring Perth roads

Driverless cars have left the confines of the Hollywood screen and will soon be cruising Perth roads, with the first trials of a driverless and fully electric vehicle in Australia to take place in WA this year.

The automated vehicle technology is set to hit the RAC’s Perth driving centre, in the form of an autonomous shuttle bus that will eventually be trialed on Perth roads.

The bus, designed by French company NAVYA SAS, can transport up to 15 passengers, and has a maximum speed of 45 kilometres per hour.

Similar vehicles such as Googles self-driving pod, are already being tested in other countries using techniques such as radar cruise control, computer vision and lane detecting warning systems.

The shuttle bus can map its environment in 3D, detect obstacles on the road, and even interpret traffic signs.

Watch this space for more information on which Perth roads the car will venture onto.

Monday, 08 February 2016 15:27

Vaccination rates reach record high

IMMUNISATION rates in Western Australia have sky-rocketed, with the proportion of fully vaccinated 5-year old children reaching a record high.

The fully vaccinated rate sits at 92.1 per cent for all Western Australian children, as of December 2015, with Aboriginal children reaching 94.3 per cent.

This boost brings WA a step closer to the 95 per cent immunisation rate necessary to effectively prevent outbreaks of highly infectious diseases like measles.

The need for health care providers to promote immunisation as the best way to protect the health of West Australians, is a key focus of the State Government’s Western Australian Immunisation Strategy 2013-2015.

With free childhood vaccinations through the National Immunisation Program, and a number of community services available, it is hoped the figures will continue to climb.

Monday, 18 January 2016 15:06

Public health warning for Christmas Island

POTENTIALLY serious pathogenic bacteria and parasites have been found in feral cats and black rats on Christmas Island, by Murdoch University researcher Narelle Dybing.

Leptospira and Bartonella were found, which can both be transmitted from animals to humans if they come into close contact with one another. Infection with Leptospira and Bartonella, can result in fever, headaches, chills and muscle aches, which can commonly be mistaken for the flu.

If the infection remains undetected, further progression can lead to jaundice, swollen lymph nodes and even organ failure, and as the bacteria is transmitted through urine, people who do water sports can be at risk.

While Leptospira is most commonly transmitted through dogs and black rats, the research found the human pathogenic bacteria in 43 per cent of feral cats on Christmas Island.

Separately, Ms Dybing found Bartonella Koehlerae in a feral cat in the south-west, which is the first case of the species in the southern hemisphere.

Bartonella koehlerae is pathogenic to humans, commonly causing severe immune responses and swollen lymph nodes, and in severe cases heart issues and hallucinations.

Cases have recently been reported from the US and Iran, but are thankfully yet to be reported in humans on Christmas Island.

“Increasing interactions between domestic animals and both native and introduced wildlife can give rise to increased disease transmission. As such, a greater awareness and appreciation of the diseases these animals can both carry and transmit is an important step towards maintaining robust public health, particularly in peri-urban and rural areas,” Ms Dybing says. 

“This research emphasises the importance of basic hygiene including hand washing and reducing contact with wild animals as well as checking yourself for ticks or other ectoparasites. If you are worried, see your doctor.”

A RECENTLY fallen meteorite has been successfully recovered from Australia's largest salt lake by the Desert Fireball Network team from Curtin University.

The 1.7 kilogram meteorite was retrieved from the salt sink on New Year's Eve, as the result of a new camera network comprising 32 remote camera observatories stationed across the Australian outback.

After a 3-day recovery operation, the meteorite was hand-dug from a 42cm deep hole in a remote section of the lake bed by Team leader and planetary geologist, Professor Phil Bland, just prior to heavy rains that would have wiped away all trace of it.

The fall was witnessed on 27 November by a number of locals in the William Creek and Marree areas, and captured by Desert Fireball Network cameras stationed at William Creek, Mount Barry, Billa Kalina and Wilpoorina.

Professor Bland said the meteorite – thought to be a chondrite or stony meteorite – provided an example of material created during the early formation of the Solar System more than 4.5 billion years ago.


THERE is a lot to be learned from Indigenous Australians in the world of science, and developments throughout 2015 are a prime example.

NEW research into Alzheimer’s remedies, spices for cancer treatment, and an optical illusion that ‘broke the internet’ are just some of the developments in health and medicine that hit the ScienceNetwork WA website in 2015

THE future is here with some of our most popular technology stories! From brewed dresses, to scanned dinosaur feet, there was no shortage of innovative success in 2015.

IT HAS been a busy year for environmental researchers and conservationists! From cat collars to super-continents, we have pulled together some of our most popular environment stories for 2015 to celebrate the conservation of Western Australia.

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