Merry Christmas

Hi All,

It’s a bit early I know but I’m off to Vietnam for Christmas and I’m off the air late today. Have a great Christmas, Happy New Year. Looking forward to more rants with you all next year!!! XXXX

Susan Kirk Bcomm Journalist MEAA ASC HMAQ QWC

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On 16/12/10 9:00 PM, “” wrote:

> Send ASC-list mailing list submissions to > > > To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit > > or, via email, send a message with subject or body ‘help’ to > > > You can reach the person managing the list at > > > When replying, please edit your Subject line so it is more specific > than “Re: Contents of ASC-list digest…” > > > Today’s Topics: > > 1. COSMOS #36: The future of humanity in space (Wilson da Silva) > 2. Twitter and ASC (Sarah Keenihan) > > > ———————————————————————- > > Message: 1 > Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2010 10:51:47 +1100 > From: Wilson da Silva > To: > Subject: [ASC-list] COSMOS #36: The future of humanity in space > Message-ID: > > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”windows-1252″ > > * > > SPACE: THE FINAL FRONTIER > > The first space colonists have already been born! Find out how they?ll live, > work and play – and how humanity will change forever – in a 26-page special > on the future of humanity in space. Out now in the Dec 2010 issue of COSMOS, > Australia’s #1 science magazine. > > FINAL FRONTIER: > Gigantic space settlements in high orbit may well be humanity?s first > tentative dip into the cosmic ocean. Robin McKie talks to a new breed of > entrepreneurs who work to make such engineering marvels a reality. > > TOMORROW PEOPLE: > Our four-limbed, one-headed body is just right for living on Earth. But what > changes might the low-gravity, radiation saturated environment of space > bring to our species? Lewis Dartnell finds the answers. > > MISSION TO MARS: > Going to Mars will stretch human technology and ingenuity to its limits, say > Fred Guterl and Monica Heger. But for humanity to spread across the Solar > System, it?s a challenge we need to overcome. > > ROCKET SCIENCE: > Expanding across the Solar System will require more than a simple blast off, > says Sandra Upson ? and a range of promising new propulsion technologies are > being investigated. > > SECOND NATURE: > One hundred years ago, Henry Ford revolutionised manufacturing with the > assembly line . Now the scene for another revolution is set, this time with > cells, argues Peter Lavelle. Is Craig Venter the new Henry Ford? > > ANIMAL PHARM: > Transgenic animals are poised to become pharmaceutical factories, churning > out everything from natural insulin to cancer treatments. Branwen Morgan > reports. > > THE ORIGIN OF ANIMALS: > The humble sea sponge has a surprisingly intricate genome including the > blueprint for complex vertebrates ? and it?s not even a true animal. > Elizabeth Finkel reports. > > TRAVELOGUE – LAND BEFORE TIME: > Hundreds of millions of years ago, simpler life forms with bizarre designs > roamed the Earth. Heather Catchpole goes to Australia?s Kangaroo Island to > help unearth our ancient past. > > PROFILE – WEB OF LIFE: > After inspiring a generation of environmentalists, Canadian geneticist David > Suzuki reflects on his past and his hopes for the future. By Kate Arneman. > > DIAGNOSIS: Mozzie bites that give you arthritis. > > HIT LIST: The top 10 most influential ancient Arabic scientists.

> > GALLERY – BIG SCIENCE: A photo essay featuring the most powerful science > experiments on Earth prove that if you want to unlock the mysteries of the > universe, you have to think big. By Becky Crew. > > FICTION – ACT OF FAITH: The robot recited the call for prayer. ?Allahu > akbar, Allahu akbar ?? When he completed the call, and turned to face Daud, > he saw tears streaming from the old man?s eyes. Original new fiction by > Fadzlishah Johanabas bin Rosli. > > REVIEWS: Sci-fi author Alastair Reynolds on his upcoming trilogy and Fiona > Stanley reveals her most influential books. Plus, “The Immortal Life of > Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot; “Curious and Curiouser” by Karl > Kruszelnicki; “Pygmonia” by Peter McAllister; “Brain Storm” by Rebecca M. > Jordan-Young; “Planets” by One Ring Zero; and more. > > OPINION – GOING TO SEED: It?s the International Year of Biodiversity but > Australia doesn?t have much to celebrate: we?re giving up on preserving the > genetic diversity of plants, says Elizabeth Finkel. > > For more information, or to buy a copy, go to > > > * > ————– next part ————– > An HTML attachment was scrubbed… > URL: > > chment-0001.html> > > —————————— > > Message: 2 > Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2010 11:49:19 +1100 > From: Sarah Keenihan > To: > Subject: [ASC-list] Twitter and ASC > Message-ID: > > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”iso-8859-1″ > > Hi everyone, > > On Monday I attended the ASC quiz night, which was held at the RiAus > (Adelaide) immediately following the ASC annual general meeting. Great fun! > Met lots of lovely people, and finally put a *real life* face to some people > I’m in twitter contact with. > > It started me thinking that we should try and have some identified twitter > hashtags to use relating to ASC events. Since then, I’ve worked out that > James Hutson already got this ball rolling in the past, but just to > emphasise: > > Use #ASC for general Australian Science Communicators tweets, and for > state-specific events apply the state letters afterwards eg #ascsa #ascvic > #ascnsw #ascwa #ascqu #asctas #ascnt etc > > Tweet you later > > Sarah > >

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