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 Charitha Pattiaratchi, Winthrop Professor of Coastal Oceanography at University of Western Australia and Sarath Wijeratne, Research Assistant Professor, UWA Oceans Institute at University of Western Australia

At around 10pm on Sunday 17 August 2014, the container ship AAL Fremantle was being unloaded after arriving in Western Australia’s Fremantle Harbour, when it broke away from its mooring and collided with a rail bridge. The bridge was badly damaged and closed for two weeks, severely disrupting one of Perth’s major railway lines.

This week Scott Bennett from UWA's Oceans Institute discusses the need for a greater focus on funding and researching aspects of WA's temperate marine environment.

By David Glance, Director of Innovation, Faculty of Arts, Director of Centre for Software Practice at University of Western Australia and Simone Pettigrew, Professor, School of Psychology at Curtin University

Australians have become accustomed to labels on cigarettes warning about the risk of smoking causing cancer and other diseases. And our research, published in the latest edition of BMC Public Health, shows similar labels could help consumers better understand the harms of drinking alcohol.

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

French economist Thomas Piketty and his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century are a global publishing phenomenon.

Why bad food is good for business

Thursday, 07 August 2014

By Rosemary Stanton and Christina Pollard, Research Fellow, School of Public Health at Curtin University

Many people eat badly because far too much of their energy is provided by nutritionally worthless junk foods and drinks. Part of the problem is the push by the food industry to get us to buy food that may be bad for us but good for its business.

This week ECU's Julie Dare and Celia Wilkinson examine the psycho-social benefit that alcohol consumption can have on older Australians.

By Christine Carson, University of Western Australia

The next time you wash your hands with a liquid soap claiming to be antibacterial, keep in mind that you may not actually be sanitising them. 

By Ross Edwards, Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University

Lead pollution from Australia reached Antarctica in 1889 – long before the frozen continent’s golden age of exploration – and has remained there ever since, new research shows.

By Vernon Nase, Associate Professor of Law at Curtin University

The investigation into what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 and the location of the black box recorder comes down to a series of complex treaties and international law.

By Trevor Cullen, Associate Professor & Head of Journalism at Edith Cowan University

Research has shown that if used effectively, the media can play an important role in lessening fear and stigma about HIV – the biggest obstacles to seeking information and treatment about the disease. Yet media coverage of this important health issue remains patchy and sensationalist.

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