Boats, Blights and Ballast

Invasive species are a huge problem, especially in Australia. The introduction of these pest species into coastal ports is just one of the many locations in Australia that has suffered huge losses to its natural ecosystems. A recent study has found that the increasing global traffic of boats between ports is the main way in which these invasive species are introduced into these waters.

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Dr. Andrew S. W. Thomas AO

Growing up, a lot of kids want to become an astronaut. Who wouldn’t? You get to travel to places that no man has been before, see the world in a way that most of us would only ever dream of and experience flying through the air. For one amazing South Australian, that dream became a reality.

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Hallo Space Boy, You’re Sleepy Now

This week’s A Week in Science episode certainly had me thinking, plus it started a few very random discussions in the office! Well, any discussion about the impending doom of the Earth fascinates and entertains the RiAus staff, actually anything scientific and slightly off-kilter is classed as entertainment here… but it really got me thinking about something that I don’t normally think about. Space. More specifically, I became (a little morbidly) fascinated by all of the ways that space could possibly kill you. So here is a list of some of those very ideas that us here at RiAus came up with.

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The Modern Monuments Men – Preserving Priceless Heritage

Art, in all of its shapes and forms is highly valued, both in terms of money and cultural heritage. It can even have a huge impact on the way we feel and react! Think of how much money some art sells for, or the amount of security that is placed around the Mona Lisa. Or even the fact that forgery of any of the great works of art is a pretty serious crime with massive legal and physical consequences.

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The Year of the Gibbon

When we think of monkeys, we will generally picture a long armed primate, swinging through the trees. They’re gorgeous, and a little alien looking, but they’re monkeys. Actually, they’re gibbons. Gibbons are the group of primates that live in the tropical forests of Asia, and we often see them in zoos. But, why are they so important?

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My Favourite Women of Science

In honour of International Women’s Day today (March the 8th), I wanted to look at the top ten women whom have inspired me to pursue a career in science. But, I couldn’t narrow it down any further, so the list is now eleven. I apologise for my bias, but I am an environmental biologist and anthropologist (at least that’s what I’ve studied), so they are the women whom have inspired me.

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Elite Athletes: Mind Over Matter

With all of the media coverage of the Tour Down Under this year, I thought it would be a great time to ask; what makes an elite athlete? Is it pure natural and physical ability, or does the mind come into it? I can think back to my own experiences in competition sport (archery to be precise), and even though a lot of us had good natural ability, it was the ones with the drive and mental state that went the farthest and were most successful. But what does this mean? Can you be an elite athlete if you are just in a good mental place? Do physical abilities even matter?

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