The sky’s the limit for users of theSkyNet

Thanks to Pete Wheeler, UWA for sending in this article:

Thanks to a new initiative called theSkyNet, you don’t need a supercomputer to help collect data for the next generation of radio telescopes.
This ambitious citizen science project uses a global network of privately owned computers to process astronomical data arriving from galaxies, stars and other distant […]

Grant Round Open for Inspiring Australia – Unlocking Australia’s Potential

The Federal Government’s Unlocking Australia’s Potential grants are about inspiring people with science.
$5 million is available across three categories for projects delivered over the next three years.
Projects will represent a national mix of activities involving a variety of audiences, geographic locations and scientific topics. The grants round aims to inspire a program that focuses on priorities such […]

Past President and Life Member Profile: Alison Leigh

From Alison Leigh:
I didn’t grow up dreaming that one day I would be …. the Editorial Director of the World Congress of Science Producers. No such thing existed. Now it does and like the best things in life – it evolved.
I emigrated to Sydney from the UK in 1988 – bicentennial year; fully expecting my […]

Atmospheric Sciences on the Rise

Thanks to Craig Macaulay, CSIRO for contributing this article:
Once a year Australian atmospheric scientists gather for a research review centred on a real singing ‘canary’ – the Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Monitoring Station.  The Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station was established in 1976 to monitor and study global atmospheric composition; the Bureau manages […]

When energy counts in a changing climate

From Craig Macaulay, CSIRO:
While recent political activity has centred on the passing of the Clean Energy Bills, 170 delegates from 50 countries were meeting (http://www.csiro.au/news/Securing-energy-supply-in-changing-variable-climate.html) away from the limelight in conversations centred on a closely-related subject, energy and climate.
With Australian science heavily engaged at the research coalface in all forms of energy generation, CSIRO has sought to […]

Windy Joules from MadLab

In light (pun intended) of the theme for National Science Week 2012 – “Energy Evolution” reflecting (there it is again) the UN’s International Year of Sustainable Energy For All, event organisers might be interested in a new purpose-designed electronic kit from MadLab:  Windy Joules.
This DIY kit becomes an alternative energy device that logs light levels […]

The Transit of Venus

From Nick Lomb:
The transit of Venus on 6 June 2012 will be the last opportunity for all of us to see this rare and significant astronomical event. It is of special importance to Australians as James Cook’s first voyage that led to the colonisation of the country by the British was to observe the 1769 […]

Virtual Farm Project

By Julian Cribb
Here is an Australian science communication project with potential to make a difference to human history.
It’s called the Virtual Farm and it proposes the universal sharing of the word’s food production knowledge in real time and at lightspeed, in order to prevent famine and food insecurity.
I have lately been discussing it with leading […]

Virtual Farm Project – Discussion Paper

Introduction
By 2060 the world needs to double its food production – in a time when all the main things we use to produce food are becoming scarce: land, water, oil, fertiliser, technology, fish, capital and stable climates. The only way we will achieve a sustainable food supply in the mid century is through the greatest […]

Canberra meetup of the Science and Factual Filmmakers Network – Tonight!

*Event Tonight in Canberra*
Friday 28th October, 4.30-6.00 PM
Interested in making science films? Come along tonight to join the network, swap tips and hear about some exciting new projects on the boil.
We’ll be checking out a selection of top Scinema entries and getting a sneak peek at footage from The Long Conversation, a science communication project […]