author: Tim Thwaites

  • ENVIRONMENT

    Laser zone

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 22 May 2006

    Australians have been brilliant at ideas, and poor at using them to practical purposes. In our rush to generate a more productive research culture, we must guard against cutting off the well-spring of ideas.

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    Business contacts

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 14 May 2006

    In the early 1990s Dr Peter Steinberg, a marine ecologist from the University of New South Wales, discovered a small red seaweed in Botany Bay that keeps its fronds free of bacteria. Archimedes continues the tale.

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    Easy fall guy

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 14 May 2006

    Biology can certainly document the process of human reproduction -  but when human life begins is not a scientific but a moral question, which we ourselves have to decide.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The health of the whole

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 14 May 2006

    Tunisian human rights activist and University of Paris XIII Associate Professor of Public Health, Moncef Marzouki argues that there are three approaches to health.

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    Melt down

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 11 May 2006

    One joy of following scientific progress is seeing it connect threads of knowledge into a tapestry revealing a picture of a previously unknown scene.

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    Congo compounds

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 11 May 2006

    While working on a couple of stories at La Trobe University, Archimedes was struck by the connections which can lead to significant outcomes in research. Then the stories merged ...

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Higher learning

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 10 May 2006

    No fewer than eight Fellows of the Royal Society of London were taught and inspired at secondary school by one science teacher, Len Basser of Sydney Boys High School. This fact emerged from the 2004 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

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    Write on

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 08 May 2006

    Archimedes has been in Queensland discussing science communication. Can it change society?

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    Galileo’s legacy

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 30 April 2006

    An irony about scientists’ traditional lack of interest in politics is that science is profoundly socially disturbing—especially for ideologues with a conservative point of view.

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    Spicks and specks

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 29 April 2006

    Scientific research is all about making life more predictable. So it’s odd that one of the great fascinations of research is its very unpredictability.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Of life and death

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 27 April 2006

    As humans, we seem to love putting things into boxes, sorting them into categories—black and white, horses and zebras, living and dead. But biology isn’t like that. It’s a continuum.

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    Positive influences

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 25 April 2006

    How do people decide when to stop clapping after a performance?  The progress of fads and fashions—in thought, opinion or consumer behaviour—can be described by one of the laws of magnetism.

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