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Tardis001
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A variation to the Chinese Government's propensity to displace significant wildlife populations to make way for humans:


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-16/chinas-space-telescope-to-displace-humans-in-search-for-aliens/7174996

China will move nearly 10,000 people to make way for the world's largest radio telescope which promises to help humanity search for alien life, state media reports.

 

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February 16, 2016 at 4:33 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Photon
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Tardis001 at February 16, 2016 at 4:33 PM

A variation to the Chinese Government's propensity to displace significant wildlife populations to make way for humans:


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-16/chinas-space-telescope-to-displace-humans-in-search-for-aliens/7174996

China will move nearly 10,000 people to make way for the world's largest radio telescope which promises to help humanity search for alien life, state media reports.

 

More than once I’ve heard Conservative pollies & business people make envious comments about China’s ability to get things done.

Never mind the poorly compensated people affected.  :/

 

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February 16, 2016 at 8:49 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Tardis001
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Good advice for anyone who wishes to be a science communicator:


“Thinking of becoming a science communicator? It's a terrific job, but be aware that you could find yourself being attacked for not believing the Earth is flat, or even just being a woman.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-17/mckinnon-raging-against-science-communicators/7175628

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February 17, 2016 at 12:47 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Rumpole
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CSIRO staff launch Fair Work challenge to controversial shake-up


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-17/csiro-staff-to-challenge-controversial-shake-up/7178014

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February 17, 2016 at 1:10 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Photon
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Tardis001 at February 17, 2016 at 12:47 AM

Good advice for anyone who wishes to be a science communicator:


“Thinking of becoming a science communicator? It's a terrific job, but be aware that you could find yourself being attacked for not believing the Earth is flat, or even just being a woman.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-17/mckinnon-raging-against-science-communicators/7175628

Sounds like she has met Andrew Bolt or Allan Jones.  :/

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February 17, 2016 at 3:58 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Rumpole at February 17, 2016 at 1:10 AM

CSIRO staff launch Fair Work challenge to controversial shake-up


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-17/csiro-staff-to-challenge-controversial-shake-up/7178014

I really hope they win !  :|

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February 17, 2016 at 4:00 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Tardis001
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Photon at February 17, 2016 at 4:00 AM

Rumpole at February 17, 2016 at 1:10 AM

CSIRO staff launch Fair Work challenge to controversial shake-up


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-17/csiro-staff-to-challenge-controversial-shake-up/7178014

I really hope they win !  :|

It's a really interesting situation and it all comes down to what's in their employment contracts.  Most Australian scientific positions (in  any organisation) these days are fixed-term appointments, so redundancies could simply be CSIRO not renewing some contracts that have expired.  Or they could be voluntary redundancies for scientists who are seeking early retirement or another employer.  In those situations, a Fair Work challenge is unlikely to succeed.


The big question, though, is can scientists who have been monitoring climate change be successfully redeployed to develop and implement strategies for coping with global warming?  Monitoring climate chnage and implementation of strategies, in my mind, are two quite different sets of skills, involving different gropus of scientists.  So I doubt that there would be much crossover of employees between the two disciplines. This is probably a valid point for a Fair Work challenge - being redeployed to work in an unsuitable discipline.


Also, implementation of climate strategies in one thing, but you also need to continue monitoring the environment to see if those strategies are working.  The CSIRO Chief seems to have missed that point in his announcement.

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February 17, 2016 at 5:59 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Photon
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Time for an animal story that is not cute & cuddly.   :(

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-19/white-tigers-inbred-for-beauty-and-tourism-dollars/7182594

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February 18, 2016 at 10:59 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Photon at February 18, 2016 at 10:59 PM

Time for an animal story that is not cute & cuddly.   :(

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-19/white-tigers-inbred-for-beauty-and-tourism-dollars/7182594

Yes that is a bit sad.


I hope they stop the practise even if it means no more white tigers.


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February 18, 2016 at 11:13 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Tardis001
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The slippery slide to environmental degradation is getting even more slippery in NSW.  The following article is from the conservation movement in NSW, but it echoes the views of most environmental professionals too.  The NSW Government (politicians and bureaucrats) have just ignored our advice:


http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/conservation-groups-withdraw-from-mike-bairds-reforms-kevin-evans?trk=hb_ntf_MEGAPHONE-ARTICLE-POST

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February 18, 2016 at 11:35 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Tardis001 at February 18, 2016 at 11:35 PM

The slippery slide to environmental degradation is getting even more slippery in NSW.  The following article is from the conservation movement in NSW, but it echoes the views of most environmental professionals too.  The NSW Government (politicians and bureaucrats) have just ignored our advice:


http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/conservation-groups-withdraw-from-mike-bairds-reforms-kevin-evans?trk=hb_ntf_MEGAPHONE-ARTICLE-POST

Not much I an say except that the Nationals  are rednecks with an eye to short term profits rather than long term sustainability.


Queensland got rid of them, I hope NSW does too.


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February 19, 2016 at 12:06 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Tardis001
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Rumpole at February 19, 2016 at 12:06 AM

Tardis001 at February 18, 2016 at 11:35 PM

The slippery slide to environmental degradation is getting even more slippery in NSW.  The following article is from the conservation movement in NSW, but it echoes the views of most environmental professionals too.  The NSW Government (politicians and bureaucrats) have just ignored our advice:


http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/conservation-groups-withdraw-from-mike-bairds-reforms-kevin-evans?trk=hb_ntf_MEGAPHONE-ARTICLE-POST

Not much I an say except that the Nationals  are rednecks with an eye to short term profits rather than long term sustainability.


Queensland got rid of them, I hope NSW does too.


Equal blame has to be levelled at the environment bureaucrats.  They live in ivory towers and have little understanding of what happens in the real world.  I have played a bit role in discussions with these bureaucrats over the last 5 or so years about sensible environmental policy.  They simply don't listen to the advice from environmental practioners - those people who work in real life environmental management because "they know best".  Unfortunately, many bureaucrats only consult with interest groups for the sake of saying "they consulted widely with the community" then go off and do their own thing.  Sir Humphrey Appleby is alive and well (and cloned multiple times).

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February 19, 2016 at 12:18 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Renowned CSIRO scientist Dr John Church speaks out against decision to dump climate modelling


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-19/award-winning-scientist-condemns-csiro-job-cuts/7184410

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February 19, 2016 at 6:34 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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NASA sees record number of astronaut applications, triple last recruitment round.


NASA has received a record 18,300 resumes from people keen on becoming astronauts.

The number of applications for a spot in NASA's 2017 class is almost triple the amount that came in during the last recruitment call for the 2012 class.

And it shatters the previous record of 8,000 in 1978.


NASA needs to speed up the Space Shuttle replacement program.

They've been dependant on the Russians for far too long. :/


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-20/nasa-sees-record-number-of-astronaut-applications/7186546

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February 20, 2016 at 3:08 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Photon
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Speaking of Space Travel, Richard Branson is still at it  ...............

Keep on dreaming those big dreams Richard.  8)


https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/feb/19/virgin-galactic-unveils-new-spaceship-16-months-after-fatal-crash" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/feb/19/virgin-galactic-unveils-new-spaceship-16-months-after-fatal-crash

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February 20, 2016 at 3:30 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Photon at February 20, 2016 at 3:30 AM

Speaking of Space Travel, Richard Branson is still at it  ...............

Keep on dreaming those big dreams Richard.  8)


https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/feb/19/virgin-galactic-unveils-new-spaceship-16-months-after-fatal-crash" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/feb/19/virgin-galactic-unveils-new-spaceship-16-months-after-fatal-crash

Better luck this time Richard.


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February 20, 2016 at 3:09 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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An Australian neurosurgeon has completed a world-first marathon surgery removing cancer-riddled vertebrae and successfully replacing them with a 3D-printed body part.


Now that's impressive, a few years ago 3D Printers were regarded as toys.   8)


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-22/tumour-patient-gets-worlds-first-3d-printed-vertebrae/7183132

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February 22, 2016 at 3:42 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Photon at February 22, 2016 at 3:42 AM

An Australian neurosurgeon has completed a world-first marathon surgery removing cancer-riddled vertebrae and successfully replacing them with a 3D-printed body part.


Now that's impressive, a few years ago 3D Printers were regarded as toys.   8)


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-22/tumour-patient-gets-worlds-first-3d-printed-vertebrae/7183132

I've got my toy.


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February 22, 2016 at 4:59 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Photon
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Strange 'music' heard by 1969 astronauts nothing new, NASA says.

In 1969, the year of Woodstock a lot of people heard & saw strange things.  8)


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-23/nasa-responds-to-reports-of-'space-music'-recording/7191138 

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February 22, 2016 at 9:15 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Rumpole
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Everything you wanted to know about Life, the Universe and everything. Well, the Universe anyway.


http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/space-jam/6779714

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February 23, 2016 at 6:23 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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