Perspectives

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.

By David Hodgkinson, Associate Professor, Law School at University of Western Australia

The rise in population since 1900 has been so rapid that up to 14% of all humans that have ever lived are still alive today, according to recent research.

By Zenobia Talati, Associate Lecturer at Murdoch University

Halloween is upon us tonight and it’s all just a bit of harmless fun, right? Or is there truly a dark side to Halloween?

This week ECU's Margaret Miller examines opportunities to embed nutritional learning opportunities in various elements of the school curriculum in order to promote healthy dietary choices.

By Ryan Lister, Professor of Genetics at University of Western Australia

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science – awarded at Parliament House in Canberra tonight – recognise excellence in science and science teaching. This year, we asked four prizewinners to reflect on their work and factors that influenced their careers. UWA’s Professor Ryan Lister, the 2014 recipient of the Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, shares his work on the extra layer of genetic information we all have – the epigenome.

By Luigi Palombi, Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University

Ten years on from the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement, Australia is entering another round of negotiations towards the new and controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership. In this Free Trade Scorecard series, we review Australian trade policy over the years and where we stand today on the brink of a number of significant new trade deals.

By Tim Doherty, PhD Candidate at Edith Cowan University

During a speech in Parliament on October 17 1996 — 18 years ago today — then Liberal MP Richard Evans called for the “total eradication of domestic and feral cats from the Australian mainland and offshore islands by the year 2020”.

By Nick Seymour, Senior lecturer in Radio Astronomy at Curtin University

Clusters of galaxies have back-stories worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster: their existences are marked by violence, death and birth, arising after extragalactic pile-ups where groups of galaxies crashed into each other.

By Brett Montgomery, Associate Professor in General Practice at University of Western Australia

Here’s what I remember. It was 14 years ago, and I was a junior doctor working in psychiatry. Some colleagues planned a dinner as an end-of-term celebration and, despite reasonable incomes, they decided that the dinner should be “free” – sponsored by a drug company, and thus attended by the company’s representative (a “drug rep”).

By Matthew Fraser, PhD Candidate in Marine Ecology at University of Western Australia; Gary Kendrick, Winthrop professor, Oceans Institute at University of Western Australia; John Statton, Postdoctoral research Associate at University of Western Australia; Jordan Thomson, Postdoctoral researcher at Florida International University, and Michael Heithaus, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences at Florida International University

In the summer of 2010-2011 Western Australia experienced an unprecedented heatwave — but not on land. Between December 2010 and April 2011, sea temperatures off the WA coast reached 3C above average, and for two weeks peaked at 5C above average — 28C compared to the normal 23C.

By David Hodgkinson, Associate Professore, Law School at University of Western Australia and Rebecca Johnston, Adjunct Lecturer, Law School at University of Notre Dame Australia

You’ve changed your lightbulbs, you recycle, you’ve retrofitted your house, cycle when you can, and drive an electric car when you can’t. You’re doing your bit to reduce your carbon emissions and prevent dangerous climate change.By David Hodgkinson,

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