Water quality is a constant issue in today’s media. We talk about the quality of freshwater, drinking water, the ocean. But what can be done about it?
Marine mammals are beautiful and, like most of the ocean and its inhabitants, mysterious. It’s also hard to tell how old they are. But the South Australian Museum has a wonderful laboratory that has helped us to unlock that mystery. But why? Why do we need to know how old a whale, dolphin, porpoise or sea lion is? Other than just being interesting, what’s the point?
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.
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.
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.
Anthropology isn’t the study of ants (believe me, I’m asked about ants often). It is the study of people or culture. There is a much larger, more complex and heavily debated definition, but that is it in simplest terms. Anthropology literally translates to the study of man (anthrop meaning man and ology meaning study of).
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.
Easter always makes me think of Bilbies. Growing up, we used to receive the chocolate Easter Bilby, not the Easter Bunny. And why not? They are adorable, fascinating… and most of all. They are Australian! But it was a recent research trip to central Australia that really drove home how important it is to protect this vulnerable species.
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?
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.