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THE WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER FROM AUSTRALIA'S #1 SCIENCE MAGAZINE
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1 Dec 2011
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THIS WEEK'S COMPETITION

We've got a lovely hardcover copy of Richard Cohen's book Chasing the Sun to give away! Our favourite answer to the question below will win.

Question: What is the most amazing fact you know about the Sun?

Email your answers to online@cosmosmagazine.com to win! Competition closes at 5:30pm on 7 December 2011. Terms and conditions here.

And congratulations to Martin & Trish, Lindy McCallum, Charles Wilkinson, Boris and Ross Groocock: you're all winners from last week's competition! A copy of Forecast for Disaster is on its way to each of you.



POLL RESULT


A little less than half of you are convinced by the new evidence that suggests drug addiction is a disease, whereas 38% of you think this is not the case. 20% of you are not sure either way and are sitting on the fence. View the full results and add your comments.

NEW POLL: Do you think Terminator-style eye lenses will go on the market in your lifetime? Have your say.


TOP NEWS


kamikaze comet christmas explosion

Kamikaze comet could be Christmas explosion culprit

An unusual gamma-ray burst exploded into life on Christmas Day last year, and two teams of astronomers have offered different explanations for what caused it.
Turtle embryos

Turtle embryos can communicate across eggs

River Murray Turtle embryos can adjust their developmental rate so that all the eggs in a clutch can hatch around the same time, a new study has found.
fishhook

Oldest evidence for deep-sea fishing found

The world's oldest evidence of deep sea fishing has been discovered by an Australian research team, showing that our regional ancestors mastered the skill some 42,000 years ago.
Terminator eye lens

Terminator eye lens can project emails

A contact lens displaying emails and text messages before your eyes could soon become a reality after successful animal trials by scientists in the U.S.

world's leading biosecurity lab

Australia opens world's leading biosecurity lab

The world's most advanced biosecurity lab has raised its curtain in Geelong, Australia.


 dark matter's mass

Strongest limit set on dark matter's mass

Dark matter must have a mass greater than 40 giga-electronvolts, say scientists who claim to have set the strongest limit yet on the mass of dark matter.



SOUTH AUSTRALIA IN FOCUS
Don’t miss our special COSMOS guide exploring the science, innovation and engineering developments in South Australia, a state brimming with capacity in R&D, training and careers. Rich in mineral wealth, SA has a strong focus on engineering, IT, food science, environment, mining, defence and astronomy. This 7-page special looks at career success stories, key technology areas, green initiatives, hot topics and more, mapping the best the festival state has to offer. Click here for more details.


IN FOCUS

Footprint on the Moon

Making the impossible happen

by Wilson da Silva

WHAT DO YOU ASK a man who walked on the Moon 42 years ago, and has never been able to live it down? All because he happened to be the first human being to set foot on another world?

This is the thought that had me brooding as I nursed a glass of red wine and peered across the vast hall of men and women in business attire who shuffled to and fro, anxious to enter the Parkside Ballroom at the Sydney Convention Centre in Darling Harbour, where Neil Armstrong would be making one of his few public orations.

The 81-year-old space veteran had come to Australia to mark the 125th anniversary of the CPA Australia, the professional accounting association. He has a soft spot for accountants: his father, Stephen, had worked all his life as a county auditor for the state government in Ohio.

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RMIT’s associate degrees are two year qualifications that will to fast-track into a relevant degree or a cutting edge career.
You can advance into a range of RMIT degrees including: Engineering (including aerospace, automotive, civil, mechanical, network and electrical/electronic), Biomedical science, IT, Food Science, Biotechnology, Applied Science. Come to the information session on Monday 19 December and speak face-to-face with RMIT reps about your study options. Visit the website for details.


THIS WEEK'S FEATURES


lifestyle vaccines

Lifestyle vaccines

The health and social impacts of drug abuse - especially socially acceptable ones such as nicotine and alcohol - kill millions each year. Can a new generation of lifestyle vaccines halt the epidemic?

THIS WEEK'S BLOGS


salmon science

Can science be simple?

Inspired by a straightforward zoological discovery that could save the fishing industry millions of dollars, our new intern Jen reflects on ‘simple science’.

Pteropus poliocephalus

Things that go squeak in the night

In her first week as a COSMOS intern Jude Dineley ruminates on echolocation in bats and how as humans, we would like to replicate their impressive skills in acoustic technology.
Footprint on the Moon

Making the impossible happen

There’s so much we can achieve, if we just put our minds to it.




THIS WEEK'S PROFILES


Sapna Thoduka

Colour-change diagnosis

Meningococcal is infamous for the speed at which it progresses - sometimes towards death - but Sapna Thoduka has figured out a diagnostic method that can work in 15 minutes.
Euan Harvey

Filming the ocean blue

How the marine biologist who can invent his own underwater video equipment is making a difference in the industry.

THIS WEEK'S REVIEWS


Transit of Venus: 1631 to the Present

Transit of Venus: 1631 to the Present

From Kepler's first prediction of the transit in 1631 to how Venus is helping us search for Earth-like planets in other solar systems today, this book provides fascinating insights into the lives of the scientists involved.
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in Space

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in Space

Sitting in the economy class of a jumbo jet gives you the very faintest inkling of what it might be like for astronauts in space, as this ferociously funny book details.


Curtin Top-ranked for Earth Sciences Research – ERA results.
In the Federal Government Excellence in Research for Australia 2010 survey of Australian Higher Education Institutions, Curtin was one of only six Australian Universities awarded the highest possible ranking of 5 for the Earth Sciences discipline overall, indicating “outstanding performance well above world standard”. More info here.


Poll

Do you think drug addiction is a disease?
Yes, the scientific evidence is there
42%
No, I'm still not convinced
38%
Maybe, I'm undecided on the issue
20%

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