Latest Australian Academy of Science Stories

2010-05-05 14:45:40

Everything in our lives "“ our life expectancy, behavior, choice of diet and even our vulnerability to obesity has to do with sex, says Professor Robert Brooks who will receive the Australian Academy of Science's 2010 Fenner Medal at an award ceremony tomorrow. 'We may think that the high obesity rates are a disease of wealthy nations "“ but you'll find that the people who are most at risk for obesity are the poor women in wealthy countries and the wealthier women in poor...

2010-05-05 14:43:57

An Australian scientist will be honored tomorrow for her work in helping to ensure that humans will not have to live with the dangers of toxic nanoparticles. Dr Amanda Barnard, will receive the Australian Academy of Science's 2010 Frederick White Prize for her world-leading research into how nanoparticles will react in different environments, which is aimed at guarding the Earth against pollution from a new category of potentially hazardous materials. Using Australia's most powerful...

2010-05-05 07:38:14

Vast dust storms that dump millions of tons of topsoil from the Australian outback as far afield as Canberra, Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand and New Caledonia, with small amounts even reaching Antarctica, may also be a possible source of disease for people, crops and animals. This phenomenon is being investigated by Professor Patrick De Deckker of the Australian National University, who is this year's winner of the Australian Academy of Science's prestigious Mawson Medal for his...

2010-04-27 08:23:16

Leading Australian researchers will next week be honored for their work in fields ranging from cancer prevention and how sex shapes us, to the revelation of past climates, the secrets of coral reefs and the future of our oil and gas industry. The Australian Academy of Science will present its highest awards over two days, 5th and 6th May, at the Academy's Shine Dome in Canberra, to three eminent scientists for their career contributions to their fields, and five awards to outstanding...

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