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.

Charitha Pattiaratchi, Professor of Coastal Oceanography at University of Western Australia and Malcolm McCulloch, Professor at University of Western Australia

After going unexplored for centuries, one of Australia’s biggest marine features is finally giving up its secrets.

Written by Kristyn Bates, Research Assistant Professor in Neuroscience at University of Western Australia

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk a mile (or 1.6 kilometres) in somebody else’s shoes? Or have you ever tried to send a telepathic message to a partner in transit to “pick up milk on your way home”?

Duncan Mitchell, Adjunct Professor in the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology at University of Western Australia; Andrea Fuller, Associate Professor, School of Physiology; Director, Brain Function Research Group at University of the Witwatersrand, and Shane Maloney, Professor and Head of School, Anatomy Physiology and Human Biology at University of Western Australia

When HMS Beagle docked at the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego, Charles Darwin remarked on the capacity of the locals to deal with cold

This week Curtin University's Janet Beilby considers stuttering disorder and the role that a person's temperament plays on the severity of their stutter.

By Nigel Marks, Associate Professor of Physics at Curtin University

Australia has developed something of an allergic reaction to any mention of uranium or nuclear energy. Blessed as we are with abundant reserves of coal, oil and gas, we have never had to ask the hard questions many other nations have had to ask – questions the answer to which has been “nuclear” for many of those nations.

By Howard Carter, Research Associate, School of Sports Science, Exercise and Health at University of Western Australia and Daniel Green, The Conversation

Exercise alone can be hard, but exercising in the heat is a whole lot harder. Put simply, this is due to the balance between how much heat the body generates and how much it is capable of losing.

By Elizabeth Sinclair, Senior research fellow at University of Western Australia and Erika Techera, Professor and Dean of Law at University of Western Australia

A whale carcass can be a big headache – just ask the locals at Broulee Beach in southern New South Wales, where a dead whale washed back ashore last month despite already having been towed out to sea just after Christmas.

By Hugh Wolgamot, Research Fellow, Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems at University of Western Australia

Wednesday’s announcement that a pioneering wave farm off Perth has started generating electricity is an exciting and welcome development. The project, developed by Fremantle-based Carnegie Wave Energy, features two buoys, 11 m in diameter, below the sea surface (with a third to follow).

By Steven Tingay, Professor of Radio Astronomy at Curtin University

More than 100 million years has been wiped off the age of the first stars but there is still the question of what happened in the first billion years of the universe.

By Roger Hart, Professor of Reproductive Medicine at University of Western Australia

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that disrupts ovulation and the menstrual cycle. It’s the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women.

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