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Diprotodon Under The Stars It is often said that the Australian outback is the best place to see stars. With its flat open plains, remoteness from big city lights, and cool, crisp nights, there is little to obstruct your view.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2013 at Catalyst
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Cave Diving on the Nullarbor by Anja Taylor When I heard we were crossing the Nullarbor I was thrilled at the possibilities. Although dry and mostly treeless, the expansive plain is an oasis for some. As the largest block of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2013 at Catalyst
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Comedy in Kalgoorlie Kalgoorlie. When I was asked to join Catalyst On the Road, I got excited. Very excited. In my excitement I started making promises that I shouldn’t have. Promises like, “Yeah, I’ll do some standup maths.” A promise... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at Catalyst
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I propose an experiment by Dr Derek Muller We weren’t even out of Perth airport when it began. Simon was using my head to represent the Earth as he proposed an experiment for our road trip. We could use the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2013 at Catalyst
Overall – Australia’s weather for the last 100 years State of the Climate 2012, Bureau of Meteorology/CSIRO Snow / Ice Nicholls N. (2005) Climate variability, climate change, and the Australian snow season. Australian Meteorological Magazine 54, 177-185. Reduced snow at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2012 at Catalyst
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All the weather maps showcased in “Taking Australia’s Temperature” were prepared by the Bureau of Meteorology especially for Catalyst. To see how the data were derived, click here. Temperature The maximum and minimum temperature maps show the linear temperature trend... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2012 at Catalyst
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Woodside declined Catalyst’s invitation of an interview for our story, and provided the following statement: The following extract is from page xii of the Environmental Protection Authority report released on 16 July: Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2012 at Catalyst
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By Wendy Zukerman “What are those?” scoffed my friend as he stared at my five year old sneakers. The shoelaces were in tatters, the cushioning worn out, and the once-shiny silver coating was a dirty grey. “You need to replace... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2012 at Catalyst
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This nuclear exclusion zone is surreal, like a post-apocalyptic wasteland, devoid of people. Smashed infrastructure, houses and vehicles mark the landscape, reminding us of the power of the sea. We are in Japan to embark on an ocean voyage, an expedition studying tsunami debris and plastic pollution in the North... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2012 at Catalyst Guest Blog
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By Mel Fitzpatrick Winter is the season of penguin huddles, eggs and amazing auroras! This last month at Mawson has been a hive of activity. We’ve travelled in both directions along the coast to do the annual penguin census and visit the Emperor penguins at Taylor Glacier and Auster rookeries.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2012 at Catalyst Guest Blog
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By Mel Fitzpatrick In my last blog post I wrote that we were going to visit the Emperor Penguin rookery east of Mawson station. But the weather has been so cold and chilly that we haven’t made it out there yet. We’ve been busy breaking temperature records here for the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2012 at Catalyst Guest Blog
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by Mark Horstman We’ve all heard of Christchurch earthquake and its tragic death toll – but I didn’t appreciate how much the city has been shaken to bits until we visited to shoot our Catalyst story in March. “When a... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2012 at Catalyst
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By Mel Fitzpatrick, 18 May 2012 Mawson Deputy Station Leader, Australian Antarctic Division Have you ever wanted to walk on water? Down here in Antarctica, we often do! We’re lucky that for much of the year the ocean surface is frozen over. In autumn, the ocean loses heat to the... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2012 at Catalyst Guest Blog
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by Dr Graham Phillips All the talk of killer flu viruses and pandemics while filming the Virus Hunters story got me thinking. Thinking about extraterrestrials. (Hey, I trained as an astrophysicist, a lot of things get me thinking of ET.)... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2012 at Catalyst
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Four years ago, Catalyst met glaciologist Dr Melanie Fitzpatrick This year, Melanie is spending her first full winter “on the ice”. She’s living and working with 14 other hardy souls at one of the most remote locations on the planet – Mawson station in East Antarctica. Catalyst is presenting a... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2012 at Catalyst Guest Blog
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By Mel Fitzpatrick (Photo: Selwyn Saunders) The journey to this end of the earth is a long and arduous one. Leaving from the tip of Western Australia in mid-February it took us more than two weeks by ship to reach the most distant of the three Australian stations, Mawson. Crossing... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2012 at Catalyst Guest Blog
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by Anja Taylor As a new reporter for Catalyst, my first story was a baptism of fire. I spent four days with the NSW Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, for a first hand insight into the world of trauma. With only... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2012 at Catalyst
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by Dr Graham Phillips Why bother saving the pygmy possums? I asked the scientists and received answers like, "Well, they're an iconic alpine species". Or, "They're the canaries in the coal mine". In other words, lose the little possums, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2012 at Catalyst
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by Dr Jonica Newby Last year, I was walking back from a surf on my favourite beach – 7 Mile Beach on the south coast of NSW. An attractive 30 something woman stopped me and asked, “Are there any rips... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2012 at Catalyst
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by Dr Maryanne Demasi I could not wait to meet Aubrey de Grey! Dr Aubrey de Grey, Biogerantologist, SENS Foundation Dr Aubrey de Grey is a man who says what he thinks. He does not mince words. Aubrey is fair... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at Catalyst
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Like most urbanites, I once thought the Australian white ibis was just a big, clumsy nuisance. They wobble on the edge of rubbish bins, traipse all over picnic tables and they’re an aviation hazard near airports. They look at you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2012 at Catalyst
Professor Mark Dadds talks about his research with children who show Callous Unemotional traits. Dr Essi Viding explains new work on the brain and genetic basis of adult psychopathy, and of children with Callous Unemotional traits. Dr Kevin Dutton discusses... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2012 at Catalyst
Mark Horstman links up with US scientists at the South Pole during one of their limited satellite windows, in the first video conference between the Australian Antarctic Division in Tasmania and US Antarctic Program at the Scott-Amundsen station. Our thanks... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2012 at Catalyst
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by Mark Horstman In my story about the Antarctic Broadband project, Michael Brett says that “space doesn’t have to be expensive. The price tag on our satellites is somewhere in the order of 30 to 40 million dollars to launch... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2012 at Catalyst
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by Dr Graham Phillips How do you protect yourself from radioactive rain? I put up my umbrella. Can’t imagine it did much good, but it seemed better than just letting the radioactivity bucket down on me. I was in England... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2011 at Catalyst