Invitation

NewScience team invites all science and technology enthusiasts to submit their ideas and throughs on how science and technology can be used to improve our world.

We hope to attract interest among Australian educational institutions (both staff and students) in primary, secondary and tertiary education sector.

Branches of science

There are many branches of science which concentrate themselves on the many areas of discovery. The majority of sciences end in -ology which is a suffix meaning “the study of”.

The larger fields of science can be broken down into smaller and smaller areas of study.

Despite the many branches of science, they all gather information in similar ways. The scientific method is a way to organize and standardize the method of data gathering during experiments. This makes it easier to replicate experiments which adds credence to the initial results.

Science Education

Science Education

Understanding the Purpose of Science Programs and Activities

Science programs and activities can help individuals nurture their appreciation and understanding of the world, as well as predict natural phenomena. With scientific literacy, we can find answers to various questions derived from their curiosity about everyday situations. They will also be able to pose and analyze arguments based on facts, and they can apply conclusions obtained from their studies.

The most influential scientists

Scientists are some of the greatest contributors to the well being of manhood. They innovate and invent things that are geared towards making life better. However, in some occasions, their actions may endanger the existence of life on earth. This article aims at identifying the most influential scientists who ever graced the earth planet. Here is the list:

Top 10 Science Quotes

Since the renaissance, society has turned to scientists for knowledge and wisdom. Their experiments and discoveries have changed the world, and they will continue to for as long as the species continues. However, they are much more than just lab coat donning chart junkies. Scientists are surprisingly adept wordsmiths, and have provided some of history’s most profound sound bites. Here are ten of the best of the best, and a bit about the scientists behind them.

The greatest scientific discoveries

There were a lot of great moments in science last year. Science has made ​​great strides in 2012 from finding the long-sought subatomic particles which are moving across boundaries in space to correcting the ethical mistakes. While all these moments are not necessarily big science discoveries, all of them will have a huge, lasting impact on the world science. We are bringing you description of the greatest moments and science discoveries.

Science Categories

Science is a system of objective knowledge acquired through intensive researches that are done by competent individuals in the field of science (scientists).There are three main science categories namely life science, physical science and earth science. Other sub categories emanate of from these three main categories.

Australian Scientists

In honour of Australia’s upcoming 2013 honorific awards for scientific excellence it would be prudent to take a moment to recognise the significant contributions to society that were offered by the scientists and researchers whose namesakes are used for the awards. The following indvididuals have had significant contributions to science in Australia and around the world.

Food & Nutritional Sciences

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Food and nutritional science deals with the growth, production, and distribution of consumable goods. Free-range meats, organically-grown produce, genetic modification, and safety protocols are all parts of food and nutritional science. Scientists who specialize in the field of food science can determine whether or not certain additives in food present a risk to those who consume them, as well as the safety of hormonally-enhanced or genetically modified ingredients.

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

The Eureka Prize for Scientific Research is an award based out of Australia where prizes are awarded to those who produce scientific analysis that will eventually aide in the health and well being of people in today’s world.
For the chance to win this annual award, the finalists are chosen from a spans 20 different categories to represent four fields: scientific research, leadership in science, science communication and journalism, and school science. With that, there is also a chance for the public to have a chance to vote for their favorite with their People’s Choice Award. In July, the finalists are announce and in August, there is a Gala Dinner where the winners are then announced.

The Future of Knowledge

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The question to be addressed in this short essay is “What is the future of knowledge?” In order to answer this question, we must begin with two fundamental questions: “What is knowledge?” and “How is knowledge transferred?”

For current purposes we can define knowledge as “a body of arguments and/or evidence that either supports or refutes a given world view.” As an example of “arguments that support or refute a world view,” we can consider the philosophical arguments advanced by Plato to support his contention that the society he described in “The Republic” would be superior to all other possible forms of government. Although many considered Plato’s imaginary society to be almost utopian, its principles were later supplanted by the concepts of individual rights and equality of the citizens that were advanced by, among others, Locke and Rousseau. Since neither set of arguments can be tested empirically, and their acceptance is dependent on the individual, we will define such arguments as “subjective” data. As an example of “evidence that supports of refutes,” consider the case of Newton’s “Principia”.

Highlights of Elizabeth H. Blackburn

Elizabeth H. Blackburn

Elizabeth H. Blackburn

Professor Elizabeth Helen Blackburn was born in Hobart on 26th November 1948. Originally from Australia, she became famous as a biological researcher at the University of California in San Francisco. Blackburn became famous owing to her discovery of telomerase which is an enzyme that fills in for telomere. Telomere is a structure which is present at the end of chromosomes and it helps in protecting the chromosomes.

Cool Science Tricks for Fun and Parties

Be the life of the party at the next get-together and amaze your friends with cool science tricks and experiments! There are many simple and easy experiments that only require materials that can be found around the house.

Lave Lamps

The Lava Lamp trick is one experiment which only requires a few items, all easily found in the home. For this experiment, one needs a plastic bottle (the bigger, the better), water, oil, food coloring, and effervescent tablets. Alka-Seltzer is an example of an effervescent tablet.

Anton Hales / Earth sciences

Anton Hales Medal (photo credit:science.org.au)

Terrestrial and planetary scientist

Anton L Hales served at the Australian National University as director of the Research School of Earth Sciences.

Professor Anton L Hales FAA, who founded the Research School of Earth Sciences in the Australian National University, worked as its director and has made immense contributions in the field of Earth Sciences. The Anton Hales Medal, awarded in his honor, is meant to encourage and recognize notable research work made in Earth Sciences.

This award is granted during a calendar year to a researcher, who has offered unstinted services and conducted research works in Earth Sciences. The awardee should preferably be forty years or less, unless he or she has made a remarkable and path-breaking research that merits the award. This annual award, given in the memory of Professor Anton Hales, is exclusively granted to a researcher of Australian descent, for carrying out such a work in Australia.

Dorothy Hill / Earth science

Professor Hill made incredible contributions to Australian Earth science and was a pivotal factor in opening a whole new world of education to women. Professor Hill was the first woman president of the University of Queensland.

(Dorothy Hill 1907-1997)

Professor Geraint Lewis

Professor Geraint Lewis wins Raymond & Beverly Sackler Distinguished Visitor Fellowship at Cambridge

By Katynna Gill  (23 June 2010)

Professor Geraint Lewis, from the School of Physics, has been awarded the prestigious Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Visitor Fellowship at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy.

Professor Geraint Lewis, from the School of Physics, has been awarded the prestigious Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Visitor Fellowship at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy.

Professor Geraint Lewis, from the School of Physics, has been awarded the prestigious Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Visitor Fellowship at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy.

Spending five months at the University of Cambridge from August 2010, Professor Lewis will use this sabbatical to focus on his research into galaxy evolution and galactic cannibalism.

“I am very honoured to have been awarded this Distinguished Visitor Fellowship and to be given the opportunity to spend some quality research time at one of the world’s leading astronomical institutions. The Institute has an excellent research history and profile,” said Professor Lewis.

Pregnancy timing and the baby’s health

pregnant womanFindings of a US study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggest a significant link between the pregnancy date and the eventual health of the newborn. According to the study, premature births and the birth of weighty babies are more likely to occur in spring and summer respectively. This research findings broadens the evidence of previous studies that have associated the timing of pregnancies with variations in the levels of the babies’ mental acumen, success in life, and longevity. The study is established on the proposition that certain external factors conditioned by variations in seasons impart positive or adverse outcomes on the general health and development of infants.

However, competing evidence adduced from alternative studies show that socioeconomic status and other demographic variables have more impact on the health and development of babies. These studies also indicate that the demographic specifics of the expectant women play a significant role in the timing of deliveries and the eventual well-being of the infants. Generally, the studies conclude that poor women with low educational levels, and single marital status will tend to give birth to less healthier babies as compared with affluent women who are married with ample levels of education. The studies also show that the demographically advantaged women tend to deliver in conducive seasons while the less privileged ones give birth in adverse climatic conditions.

First Robot Fish with Autonomous 3-D Movment created in Asia

Robot FishA Robot Fish has been developed by National University of Singapore’s researchers from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. This robot fish, which basically is an AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle), has movements which have been inspired by the movements of the carp fish. There are various purposes that it can be used for. As it’s movement is inspired by a fish, it will be much easy for the robot to tread the bottoms of the ocean. Fish are made to roam around in the oceans and this robot will have the same advantage. It can help in underwater archaeology. For example, it can enter a sunken city where traditional AUVs or human divers cannot enter. Just like a fish, it can also look at all the nooks and corner of a particular wreckage. This robot can also be used for general purposes such as detection of leakages in a pipeline or for laying down communication cables across oceans. It also has possible military uses.

WiSee Lets Users Control Home Devices Using Gestures Alone

WiSee Gestures controlEver had a moment when you needed to turn something on or off, but did not want to from the comfort of your couch or chair. Many thought it was great when remote controls were invented because it meant no more getting up just to change channels, adjust volume, or turn the TV off. Remote control technology has advanced greatly since first introduced; allowing users to control various devices throughout the home with just one easy-to-handle unit, but now a hand-held remote may soon be out of style.

With WiSee, controlling a device only takes a wave of the hand. It works with Wi-Fi technology, detecting gestures associated with various programmed commands, and handling such tasks as turning on lights and pausing movies even if the gesture was made from another room. This is similar to the concept of control first introduced to consumers through the Xbox Kinect.

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