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.

Matt Tilley, Lecturer in Sexology and Postgraduate Course Coordinator at Curtin University

Sexology is the interdisciplinary scientific study of human sexuality, including sexual behaviours, interests and function. A sexologist is a trained professional who specialises in human sexuality.

Peter McEvoy, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Curtin University

If you or someone you care about experience an emotional problem it won’t be long before you hear that cognitive behaviour therapy, or CBT, is probably the treatment of choice.

THIS week WA Museum palaeontologist Dr Mikael Siversson considers the interaction between ancient sharks and extinct marine reptiles and he also talks about what made him sink his teeth into the palaeontology field from a young age.

This week Murdoch University’s Peter Adams examines the fallout to the natural environment caused by feral pigs and explains how he is using GPS tags and thermal imaging technology to crack down on the pests.

WESTERN Australia is one of the most remote areas in the world, this presents a range of challenges when delivering health services to those not within an easily commutable distance of Perth.

MY FARM helps feed and clothe thousands of people around the world.

Christine Carson, Research Associate at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and Aron Chakera, Clinical senior lecturer at University of Western Australia

Tucked away just below your ribcage near your spine are two bean-shaped organs known as the kidneys. And when they’re quietly getting on with their job, it’s easy to forget they’re there and how important they are. But their absence, or even less-than-optimal performance can have dire consequences.

Michael Westaway, Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Futures Research Institute at Griffith University and Joe Dortch, Honorary Research Fellow at University of Western Australia

Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm recently said Australia should not recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the First Australians in legislation because the evidence was only “conjecture”.

Richard Boddington, PhD student in computer science at Murdoch University

Forensics is changing in the digital age, and the legal system is still catching up when it comes to properly employing digital evidence.

This week University of Western Australia’s Madeline McAllister offers a view into the method behind documenting underwater shipwrecks like the doomed Batavia and constructing digital models for public and archaeological benefit.

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