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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.
Mike Calver, Murdoch University and Andrew Beattie
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
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
Itâ€™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 Australiaâ€™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.