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Being Human

Bodies on the Line

This event will be broadcast live on the RiAus Livestream from 6:30pm and will be looped for the next 24 hours so you can watch no matter your timezone! Click here to sign up for an email reminder for this RiAus event. Concussions, spinal injuries and internal ... Continue Reading »

PDplus: Organ and tissue donation, the gift of life

Tickets limited to currently practising teachers and teaching students. When booking tickets please use your institutional email address to allow us to confirm eligibility. Organ and tissue donation saves lives. One donor can transform the lives of up to 10 people and significantly improve the lives of many more, and in Australia ... Continue Reading »

How well do you know Antarctica?

RiAus Director Paul Willis went down in Antarctica earlier this year and he took a bunch of photos based on suggestions collected from social media. You can see all the submissions and the photos Dr Willis took at The Great Antarctic Photo Quest Antarctica is the largest cold desert ... Continue Reading »

Transparent Labs – Open House Adelaide

For opening and tour times see Over the course of a weekend buildings around Adelaide will be opening their doors to give you a glimpse behind the scenes. This is a rare opportunity to set foot in a variety of South Australia’s leading labs. Artlab Australia State Herbarium Fab Lab SA Pathology SA ... Continue Reading »

Insight Radical – A Guided Exhibition Tour

This exclusive opportunity to be guided around Insight Radical pieces by Renee Beale, manager of the public education program for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry & Biotechnology, is not to be missed. Spaces limited. This exhibition is the culmination of a unique project started in ... Continue Reading »

Get Radical!

What do fading paint, heart disease, food spoilage, cancer have in common? Free radicals- very reactive molecules that despite their role in heart attack, stroke and ageing are also essential for our survival. They are one of the great paradoxes of life – what sustains us is also what decays us ... Continue Reading »

Skeptics of the detox

Find out more about the science behind the detox in the upcoming event Debunking the Detox on 25 March at 6:30pm ACST. If you can't make it in to The Science Exchange then make sure you watch the free livestream. Sign up for a ... Continue Reading »

That time Russia banned genetics

“EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it! Genetics is officially banned!” yelled a small Russian boy as he stood at the corner of a street trying to make a little more pocket money. Okay, I don’t know if that is exactly how it was announced, but yes, you read it correctly. ... Continue Reading »

Todd’s Adelaide

Sir Charles Todd's impact on colonial science and technology was remarkable. Using an app on your smart mobile device, discover how his work relates to our lives today through an interactive location-based adventure played on the streets of Adelaide. We begin with a talk, followed by a walk and close ... Continue Reading »

A transhuman future?

When looking to the future, my focus has been on getting the ecological questions right. As a palaeontologist, I view the future as I view the past: over long time spans. And I read the narrative of the past as lessons for the present upon which our future will be ... Continue Reading »

Science and Eastern religions

Modern science and its disciplines arose in the West, following on from the ancient Greek tradition of natural philosophy. The new scientific method was embraced by many cultures, including those with very different belief systems such as China and India. But prior to Western influence, how good was the science ... Continue Reading »

Mindful of Mindfulness

The science of Mindfulness will be discussed in an upcoming event at RiAus - Mindfulness: Finding Calm In The Chaos on 7 February at 6pm ACDT. If you can't make it in to The Science Exchange then make sure you watch the free livestream. Sign up ... Continue Reading »

Stumbling on Happiness – Book review

Looking for a book club? This review will be part of the discussion when the RiAus Science Book Club meets at 6pm ACDT on 22 January at The Science Exchange. We'd love to see you there. I’ve lost count of how many times orange-tinged television presenters with limited facial ... Continue Reading »

STEM Careers Pack Launch

RiAus STEM Careers Packs Launch and workshop YOU ARE INVITED to attend this free professional learning event. RiAus, Australia's national science hub, in partnership with DECD has developed four new STEM Career Pack resources for upper primary, middle school teachers and careers counsellors. The packs include video interviews and classroom activities ... Continue Reading »

PDplus online PL session for teachers

PDplus online session for teachers: The origin of faeces, what excrement tells us about evolution, ecology and a sustainable society Is poo a problem? Or are we just looking at it the wrong way? With more than 7 billion people living on Earth today, the annual output of human poo is close ... Continue Reading »

Science predictions for 2014

In addition to Paul's predictions for 2014, make sure you check out our science predictions for 2014 special episode of A Week In Science Predicting the future is a tricky business. The various supernatural techniques have all been thoroughly debunked. Despite this, every year begins with psychics making predictions ... Continue Reading »

Faking a Tan

Alice had kindly let us re-post her great blog here at RiAus. You can find the original at Alice's blog with more links and all the references at - Kleinstien Summer has arrived, and the usual orange-streaked ankles and doughnut-smelling limbs are already out in full force. To celebrate ... Continue Reading »

Remembering to exercise

Exercise has long been associated with health benefits over and above those related to physical fitness, such as improved mood, cognition and memory. Having recently taken up running after a long bout of laziness, and given my interest in neuroscience, I thought I’d share with you some new ... Continue Reading »

Making policy with science

Earlier this year I wrote about science and politics, framing my comments in terms of the then up-coming election and looking for both a fair deal for science and a respect for scientific information in the formulation of policy. There have been other provocative articles written about the role ... Continue Reading »

Book Club – Toxin Toxout

Synthetic chemicals surround us – in our toothpaste, on our frying pans, in our cars, in house dust. Authors Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith show that there’s mounting scientific evidence linking some of these chemicals to serious human diseases. So how do we keep safe? Does the multibillion-dollar detox industry have the ... Continue Reading »

Book Club – Stumbling on Happiness

Winning lotto. Summer. Green at every traffic light. What makes you happy? The drive for happiness is one of the most instinctive and fundamental human impulses but do we actually have the first idea of how to achieve it, maintain it, or even, for that matter, what it is? In ... Continue Reading »

Science Behind the Headlines: Debunking the Detox

Miracle pills, celebrity secrets, detox, raw foods, juice, soup, fasting… Diet and health advice infiltrate our everyday lives, and we often get caught up in the latest miracle fads. We’ll look at dieting in the media and the sometimes blurred line between real lifestyle guidance and potentially harmful fad propaganda. Our panel ... Continue Reading »

Virtual Solitaire

Tickets $25 Adult, $20 Conc/RiAus Member, $18 Fringe Benefits Rated PG 15+ Please note, the 15 March session of Virtual Solitaire has been cancelled Seattle-based Dawson Nichols, internationally renowned playwright & performer, brings his internationally celebrated solo show VIRTUAL SOLITAIRE back to Adelaide. Nathan, a man lost in a full - immersion ... Continue Reading »

The Free Beer Show

Tickets $17 Adult, $15 Conc/RiAus Member, $13 Fringe Benefits Rated 18+ From the beerarific brains behind The Other Side of Science comes an exploration into everyone’s favourite beverage - beer! The Free Beer Show unveils the secrets of beer that you never knew existed. Host Noby Leong takes you ... Continue Reading »

Mindfulness: finding calm in the chaos

We live in a world filled with material wealth, live longer and healthier lives, and yet anxiety, stress, unhappiness, and depression have never been more common. Mindfulness techniques, combining modern science with ancient wisdom, are now an area of active psychological and neurobiological research, showing promising clinical relevance in treatment of ... Continue Reading »

Learning to sleep

It seems the advice to “sleep on it” is not just a clichéd old saying. New research has identified how our brains use sleep to lock in learning, particularly for important visual tasks - like finding Where’s Wally! Brainwaves Sleep helps the brain consolidate what we learn during the day, but ... Continue Reading »

Science Behind the Headlines: Holiday Blues

Click here to see the rest of our Science Behind the Headlines events. Mental health is a topic which is fast being recognised as one of the major public health issues in Australia, and gains special attention around the Christmas and New Year period. According to beyondblue, ... Continue Reading »

The Importance of Consilience in Science

Science is not a democracy. A consensus of evidence may be interesting, but technically it may not be significant. The thoughts of a majority of scientists doesn’t mean a hill of beans. It’s all about the evidence. The science is never settled. These are refrains that I and other science ... Continue Reading »

A Snip For The Planet

It seems that everywhere I look, I see nasty problems in the very near future, for us as a civilisation and even as a species. Climate Change; the over-exploitation of finite resources; the chemicalisation of our environment producing toxic effects; the loss of forests and other natural environments; the ever ... Continue Reading »

Could vasectomies stabilise population growth?

World Vasectomy Day, on the 18th of October, is being supported by doctors and scientists in a bid to lower the impact that increased population has on the environment. Professor David Griggs, from the Monash University Sustainability Institute says that there is a direct relationship between increased ... Continue Reading »

Volunteers needed to save an overpopulated planet

An overwhelming problem starts with small steps, often close to home. Next Friday, 18 October 2013, hundreds of men around the world have volunteered to end their childbearing years simultaneously during the inaugural World Vasectomy Day. These guys probably have many and varied reasons for volunteering for the event. ... Continue Reading »

The Internet Is Rewiring Your Brain

RiAus, in association with the Australian Museum, will be hosting a great event on digital technology on 8 October in Sydney. Join Baroness Prof Susan Greenfield, Oxford University, along with Dr Neil Levy, Head of Neuroethics at the Florey Neuroscience Institute, to ... Continue Reading »

The Thinking Species

This week I present to you the Occasional Address that I gave to a Graduation Ceremony at Flinders University last week. While writing this speech I started thinking that education and graduations are all part of the unique attribute of humanity – our ability to think. And so my thoughts ... Continue Reading »

Research to make you smile

How are you today? I hope you’re feeling happy because, according to the latest research, we’re slightly happier and more generous than we were five years ago, and we have the numbers to back it up. Earlier this month the United Nations (UN) released its World Happiness Report for ... Continue Reading »

Don’t Believe Ian Frazer

As I’ve said several times before, belief is not part of science. Recently there has been some startling evidence of problems that can arise out of treating science as a belief system and choosing to accept or reject science based on personal beliefs. By now many of you will have heard ... Continue Reading »

Bacteria, Viruses and Cancer

On 18 September RiAus will proudly welcome Professor Ian Frazer to The Science Exchange as 2013's Science Inspiration. Prof Frazer is well known as one of the creators of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, marketed as Gardasil, that prevents HPV infections and in ... Continue Reading »

World Vasectomy Day 2013 – Session 1: Nuts and bolts

Dr Doug Stein and his Australian vasectomy associate, Dr Nick Demediuk (aka Dr Snip), will kick off World Vasectomy Day with the basics. What is a no-scalpel vasectomy? This 15 minute procedure will knock your jocks off. Speakers for this session are: Paul Willis, Doug Stein and ... Continue Reading »

Is digital technology bringing out the best in us?

We can all see the benefits of digital technology in the world around us. But, is it bringing out the best in us? Join Baroness Prof Susan Greenfield, Oxford University, along with Dr Neil Levy, Head of Neuroethics at the Florey Neuroscience Institute, to discuss what ... Continue Reading »

The Spiritual Scientist

Early this year my 7 year old son Chester began his current obsession with the computer game Minecraft. It seems he got this bug from school and we soon had copies downloaded onto iPhones and iPads so he could play along, despite some reservations about getting involved with computer games. ... Continue Reading »

Stainless steel – not just knives and forks!

Stainless steel, what is there to know about it? Knives, forks and spoons are made from it? It doesn’t rust? Magnets don’t stick to it? It’s shiny? It’s been around for 100 years? 100 Years Old It is stainless steel’s “official” 100th birthday this year. Its invention is credited to British chemist ... Continue Reading »

You can be a Couch Scientist!

National Science Week is here! RiAus has a huge list of events taking part in this week which you can see here. Taking part in a National Science Week event with RiAus? Let us know on Twitter at @Ri_Aus or on our Facebook page. Citizen ... Continue Reading »

A Week In Science – 9 August 2013 Media coverage of this week’s stories World’s most expensive burger made from cultured beef cells - Article from Warming seas affecting marine life - Article from Sydney Morning Herald Cacti inspire new weapon for cleaning oil - Article from Wired Plastic ... Continue Reading »

National Science Week 2013!

I suppose that my beef with National Science Week is akin to my beef with Christmas. Why should we have just a Season of Goodwill to all instead of that sentiment being prominent in our thoughts every other day of the year? Similarly, why only a week of thinking about ... Continue Reading »

A Week In Science – 2 August 2013 Media coverage of this week’s stories The phase of the moon affects your sleep patterns - Article from TIME online Why drug testing in sport faces an uphill battle - Article from ABC News Fishless food for farmed prawns - ... Continue Reading »

Industrial scale 3D printing

RiAus heads out to Keith, Horsham and Mt Gambier for National Science Week (August 2-4) on our 3D Printing Regional Tour: Large As Life. For more information click here. 3D printing may seem like a cutting edge technology due to the recent boom in start-ups specializing in ... Continue Reading »

A Week In Science (Podcast) – 26 July 2013

News Stories in the podcast this week Price tag of a warming Arctic The global impacts of a warming Arctic could carry a price tag comparable to the size of the global economy in 2012. International experts say most discussions about the economic implications of a warming ... Continue Reading »


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