Want the latest from prominent Western Australian scientists and opinion leaders?

Check out these opinion pieces, covering local and international scientific issues and topics, aiming to facilitate discussion and debate about science in Western Australia.

THIS week Edith Cowan University’s Lelia Green navigates the minefield that is young people’s interactions with the online realm, social media and smart technologies and she examines ways parents can balance their kid’s online behaviour.

Charles Watson, John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Health Science at Curtin University

Twelve years ago the world was threatened by an outbreak of a new coronavirus called SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). SARS infected more than 8,000 people and killed one in ten of those infected.

THIS week the WA Museum’s Dr Zoe Richards considers the importance of examining the Kimberley with a fine tooth comb in an effort to gather marine biodiversity data to inform decision making.

TODAY Dr Brett Molony from Department of Fisheries, WA delves into the sensitive topic of untargeted marine species being collected during commercial fishing operations in WA waters and he encourages people to put this issue into the context of what makes up a sustainable fishery.

Mike Calver, Murdoch University and Andrew Beattie

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

PERSPECTIVE: 50 Shades of GM

Thursday, 28 May 2015

THIS week Murdoch University’s Professor Mike Jones considers the weird and wonderful world of plant breeding and genetic modification and how the law needs to catch up to science.

THIS week ECU’s Eyal Gringart sets about trying to correct misconceptions about the lack of value in hiring ageing workers by using scientific evidence to ensure those who are long in the tooth get a fair go in the workforce.

Christobel Saunders, University of Western Australia; Anthony Dowling, University of Melbourne; Rik Thompson, Queensland University of Technology, and Robin Anderson, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Cancer is a collection of many hundreds of diseases. The common factor is that once-normal cells have undergone a series of mutations in their genes that has led to uncontrolled growth and an impaired ability to die when they normally should.

Daniela Ciancio, Senior Lecturer, Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering at University of Western Australia

It’s fair to say that rammed earth, as a construction technique, has stood the test of time. It has been used to create buildings around the world whose beauty and robustness are still visible today, like the Alhambra in Spain and the Great Wall of China, both built more than 1,000 years ago.

Elizabeth Sinclair, Senior research fellow at University of Western Australia; Diana Walker, Emeritus Professor at University of Western Australia, and Gary Kendrick, Winthrop Professor, Oceans Institute at University of Western Australia

The current government review of Australia’s proposed network of marine parks, called the Commonwealth Marine Reserves (CMRs), seems rather premature. After all, the management plans were approved only in March 2013 and as yet only the southeast region is being actively managed.

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