Sexual harassment in science: Why so few report it and what happens to those who do – Science News

Sexual harassment in science: Why so few report it and what happens to those who do – Science News

When Amy* sat beside a friend at a conference dinner, it didn’t take long for the two very senior, well-respected scientists sitting across the table to start leering at and demeaning her. The men started by asking: How could a young woman like her ask such an intelligent question at …

Macquarie Harbour salmon expansion science ‘wrong’

Macquarie Harbour salmon expansion science ‘wrong’

Updated March 23, 2018 15:24:01 Photo: Experts say fish stock levels have caused unsustainable degradation in the harbour. (Supplied: Tassal) The science behind the decision to massively expand fish farming in Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania’s west coast was wrong, the head of the state’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has admitted. …

What makes hair curly? New Zealand sheep help unravel the mystery – Science News

What makes hair curly? New Zealand sheep help unravel the mystery – Science News

Curly, wavy or straight? The shape of our hair is one of our defining features. Yet, despite decades of research, it has been hard to pin down what causes kinks in individual hairs. The answer to this curly question may lie with an animal known for its super-springy locks: the …

Great Pacific Garbage Patch plastic pollution dwarfs previous estimates and is ‘growing exponentially’ – Science News

Great Pacific Garbage Patch plastic pollution dwarfs previous estimates and is ‘growing exponentially’ – Science News

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a rotating soup of plastic in the north Pacific Ocean, contains up to 16 times the amount of waste than previously thought. Key points Surveys of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch conducted in 2015 and 2016 estimate 78,200 tonnes of plastic waste are packed into …

NSW Labor refuses to approve forestry agreements based on ‘out-of-date’ science | Environment

NSW Labor has demanded that climate change be on the table as part of a full scientific assessment of the state‚Äôs regional forest agreements (RFAs), which are set to expire over the next two years. Penny Sharpe, opposition environment spokeswoman, said NSW Labor would not sign off on proposed extensions …

Complex science behind climate change and extreme weather

Complex science behind climate change and extreme weather

Updated March 21, 2018 22:22:27 Photo: Only a chimney is left standing in this Tathra house after Sunday’s fire. (ABC News: Bianca Gurra) Related Story: Tathra residents huddled on beach as ‘unbelievable’ bushfire destroyed homes Related Story: Top End residents without power, but tap water safe to drink As cyclone …

Thanks to red meat, 20 per cent of Americans make half their country’s food-related emissions – Science News

Thanks to red meat, 20 per cent of Americans make half their country’s food-related emissions – Science News

A small number of Americans are responsible for almost half their country’s food-related greenhouse gas emissions, due mainly to very high red meat consumption. The diets of just 20 per cent of Americans contributed 45.5 per cent of total greenhouse-gas emissions from all food eaten by Americans over five years, …

Ministerial documents reveal Commonwealth concerns about ‘old science’ and ‘validity’ of forest agreements

Ministerial documents reveal Commonwealth concerns about ‘old science’ and ‘validity’ of forest agreements

Posted March 21, 2018 16:36:11 Photo: The Commonwealth is concerned the science underpinning RFAs in four states is “now quite old”. (ABC News: Lyn Orrego) Related Story: Logging conflict brewing again in NSW south east forests Related Story: Regional Forest Agreements deemed a failure The Federal Government is staring down …

Driverless cars and the 5 ethical questions on risk, safety and trust we still need to answer – Science News

Driverless cars and the 5 ethical questions on risk, safety and trust we still need to answer – Science News

The first death caused by a self-driving car highlights the many ethical challenges posed by autonomous vehicles. Elaine Herzberg, 49, was struck on Sunday by an Uber car while walking her bicycle on the road in Phoenix, Arizona. She later died from her injuries. Authorities have not yet announced whether …