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In the studio this week Dr Shane is joined by EAGG colleagues Dr Jen & Chris KP.
The team kick things off with some science news; sharing updates on A.I developments on Facebook, news from Saturn and Pluto and the 40th anniversary of Voyager.
First Guest: Associate Professor Conor Hogan - Latrobe Institute of Molecular science.
Connor and the EAGG team discuss the exciting new world of Molecular measurement and other scientific development using mobile phones.
Second Guest: Dr Jeremy Silver & Associate Professor Ed Newbigin - Pollen count group at University of Melbourne.
What is the Pollen count group, what is new in the world of pollen and how exciting do they use their research?
Third Guests: Rosemary Millen - PHD Candidate at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre & St Vincent's hospital.
Rosemary joins the team in the studio to discuss the immune system and more specifically it's effect on Cancer cells and vice versa.
Remember,.. Science is everywhere!
Program page: http://www.rrr.org.au/program/einstein-a-go-go/
THE Inverloch parkrun completed a milestone itself last Saturday
when the event celebrated its third birthday in style, fluoro
On a cool September 13 day in 2014, Inverloch parkrun was launched after months of work by a core group who put in the planning to get the event up and running.
On that morning there were 94 runners with Mack Clarkson the first runner across the line and Fiona Crozier the first female in 11th place. Mack ran the event in an incredible 17:08.
In the past three years, Inverloch parkrun has had 2493 participants who have completed 14,998 parkruns covering a total distance of 74,990 km, including 2711 new personal bests.
Last Saturday, 122 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 12 recorded personal bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.
And they enjoyed a piece of birthday cake afterwards.
Thanks go to volunteers Heather Sullivan, Kate Lew Ton, Heidi Peterson, Macy Peterson, Billie Peterson, Luisa Cester, Wayne Walker and Louise McCall. A massive thank you was delivered to everyone who has volunteered at Inverloch over the past three years.
This week there were visitors from Lismore, Traralgon, Churchill, Pakenham and Chelsea. The first over the line was Michael Tripodi from Traralgon in 18:11. The first female this week was Alycia Marotta, in 13th overall, running a new PB of 22:32 and beating her son Jake by 25 seconds. It was Alycias sixth parkrun and her first time as winner.
The theme for the birthday was fluoro and there were some great outfits to go with a delicious fluoro cake. Emma Sullivan and Brett Scorah were electric in their fluoro coordinated outfits and Leah Baud was as bright as ever while Julian Walker had some great fluoro hair and with special mentions to Shirley Dell and Ebony Knox.
There were a number of milestones this week with three running their 50th parkrun.
Michael Giles, Greg Dell and Joanne Parsons all reached the milestone. Kate Lew Ton reached her 25th volunteer and Nathan Castle ran his 150th parkrun, a fine effort by both.
There were 12 personal bests which is a pretty good effort given the cold air and wind. Noel Farmilo, Damien King (starting the push to sub 20), James Barry, Simon Harris, Layla OReilly, Lani Cropley, Nicki Liefting, Lyn Harris, Luke Ransom, Rhonda Castle, Shannon Hallam and Alycia Marotta all PBd. Well done!
I'm never going to buy zero waste hair bands when I can easily upcycle old clothing to make some. I know I keep saying it, but I really enjoy applying circular economy principles in my home!
The Tasmanian government continues to help facilitate the development of a cable car up the side of kunanyi/ Mt Wellington, above Hobart.
There will be significant environmental impacts of this project and visual scarring of the mountain. Close to 1,500 people recently signed a petition against the proposal. A large majority of the 850 submissions made to a recent government process also opposed the plan. Yet the government continues to provide support for this damaging project: it has now tabled the legislation which will allow for the acquisition of public land for the cable car. The Govt has added the word kunanyi into the title and little else has changed despite all the feedback it received on the draft legislation.
Tasmanian people: please make sure that your voice is heard by contacting the Legislative Council members to urge them to vote against the Bill. They will have the final say.
For further information check the page for Respect the Mountain.
If you ski or ride in the backcountry, youre probably already using the resources provided by Mountain Sports Collective (MSC). MSC was created by the amalgamation of the nations foremost alpine safety platforms Snowsafety.com.au and Snowsense.org. These sites offer an Alpine Travel Advisory, and issues information regarding alpine travel safety across all aspects of the prevailing conditions above snowline from 1 June 31st October each year. Snowsafety and Snowsense have joined forces to create MSC not only with the goal of delivering a more streamlined and concise picture of the conditions in the mountains, in one single easy view, but we are now also a legal entity, established as a not-for-profit association.
MSC aims to be the voice for the human powered backcountry community in Australia. While there are similar organisations overseas (for instance the Winter Wildlands Alliance in the USA) there is no single voice for all forms of human powered winter backcountry adventurers here in Australia. There are a range of walking clubs, Nordic ski climbs, climbing organisations and so on. We feel that, with an ever growing number of people heading into the winter backcountry, the time is right for a group that can help co-ordinate and focus the voice of this diverse community.
While initially we will continue to focus on providing detailed terrain and weather reports for the high alpine country on the Australian mainland we intend to also focus on advocacy and environmental issues. This might include looking into access of remote backcountry terrain, how to reduce the ecological impacts of greater use of alpine backcountry, and advocacy on land management issues.
We would welcome your involvement.
You can become a founding member here. We are seeking 200 foundation members at present.
MIRBOO North courageously captured its fifth Mid Gippsland
premiership since 2006, when it defeated Yinnar by two points in a
grand final cliffhanger at Morwell Recreation Reserve on
From start to finish, the ferocity of this low scoring, bone-crunching encounter, where nothing more than 14 points separated the teams, was ceaseless.
Had the final siren sounded a millisecond or two later, Yinnar would have won its 14th senior premiership since 1939.
Instead, the Magpies had to settle for second best, when Max Renwick pounced on a loose ball and sent it sailing through the big white sticks, just after veteran field umpire Steven Buhagiar, blew his whistle and signalled full time.
For a fleeting moment, several Yinnar players near the goal square and many spectators who didnt hear the siren thought Yinnar had taken the lead.
Mirboo Norths classy half back flanker, Jacob Blair, was easily best afield, winning the Bill McConville Medal as well as the field umpires award, after baffling the Magpies with his trademark twists and turns out of trouble and expert hand and foot deliveries to teammates.
A couple of Blairs miraculous escapes from grasping Magpie claws defied belief and made Harry Houdini look like a man locked in solitary confinement.
The mighty Tigers nail-biting victory was a triumph for second-year playing coach Clancy Bennett, who previously captained Mirboo North to flags in 2006 and 2007, after participating in four junior club premierships.
Following demoralising successive losses to Yallourn Yallourn-North and Newborough in mid-July, Mirboo North was seventh on the ladder and two games plus percentage out of the five.
Bennett articulately and constructively challenged his players to improve their performance and affirmed their best was equal to any side in the competition.
After the round 15 defeat, the Tigers boldly invoked a commitment to grab the premiership by winning their three remaining home and away fixtures, plus four finals which they duly did.
Showers and patchy rain during the week and into game day softened the Morwell ovals pristine surface and a south westerly breeze pushed most of the play towards the outer side boundary line.
Kicking north, Mirboo North kept Yinnar goalless in...
I have written a number of times on how the carbon dioxide producing industries are getting a free ride by not being charged for the CO2 they produce in particular for Gippsland the brown coal generators in the Valley and the loggers in the bush. For the latter with a nominal price of $30 per ton of CO2 emitted I have calculated that each hectare logged on average has at least a $50,000 subsidy (see The Burning Issue below). Recently one commentator has suggested that a carbon price of $100 per ton of CO2 may be required to achieve the moderate goals of the Paris Agreement. There are a number of different proposals in the mix as to how to tax CO2 including the straight carbon tax, cap and trade and James Hansens Fee and Dividend.
We have already had a carbon tax of sorts under the Gillard Labor government. With hindsight this attempt failed for a number of reasons. It gave special treatment to certain industries, such as the brown coal generators, and the CO2 production of motor vehicles was in the too hard basket and not taxed at all. But probably the main reason it failed was the completely inept sale of the tax hardly mentioning climate change at all. The government would have done far better with a well-funded apolitical campaign educating the public on the greenhouse effect and the problems we all face with increasing CO2 rather than the justifications they used now completely forgotten. It enabled the Opposition leader to dominate the campaign against the tax with the strong support of the Murdoch media.
The Guardian noted of cap and trade that a cap on emissions is set and then permits are created up to the level of this cap. The companies or other entities covered by the scheme need to hold one permit for every tonne of pollution (CO2e) they emit. A form of this was first posed by the Rudd government in 2008 and supported by Turnbull as opposition leader, but was defeated when Turnbull was ousted from his position by Tony Abbott. Abbott with the support of reactionaries and climate science deniers in the Liberal Party rejected the emissions trading proposals and so Federal parliament sadly lost the opportunity for bipartisan act...
A VENUS Bay woman is changing the way the Landcare story is
Kathleen Brack, the regional Landcare program officer for the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority for just three years, has created new messages and found innovative ways of engaging with her community.
Her efforts resulting is Ms Brack receiving the Austcover Young Landcare Leader Award at the Victorian Landcare Awards recently.
Working in Landcare is really the perfect fit for me as it has a focus on healthy environments as well as healthy communities, Ms Brack said.
Keen to attract more young people to Landcare, Ms Brack ran an Intrepid Landcare Retreat at Wilsons Promontory for 20 people aged from 18 to 35.
Participants learnt about Landcare, talked, hiked and worked with the local friends group, and graduates have gone on to form the Gippsland Intrepid Landcare Group.
Ms Brack has demonstrated how social media can benefit Landcare. In just a year as administrator of the Landcare in Victoria Facebook page, she has increased its fans by 35 percent.
A podcast she produces telling the stories of Landcare in West Gippsland was selected as a new and noteworthy podcast by iTunes Australia.
With the aim of explaining the social and community benefits of Landcare, Ms Brack recently conducted a social return on investment study on a Merriman Creek Landcare Group project.
This study found that for every dollar spent on a Landcare project, there is at least a $3.41 return in social value.
Ms Brack has also driven the implementation of a new iPad mapping system for the five Landcare networks in Gippsland, and has organised many workshops, a training course and field days.
In her previous position as a project officer for the South Gippsland Landcare Network,s Ms Brack was a driving force in the creation of the South Gippsland Equine Landcare Group.
She consulted with the community on the type of support horse owners needed and supported the people who came forward to form the group. The group has more than 500 followers on its Facebook page, and is an important contact point and information source for horse owners in Gippsland.
Her work in South Gippsland included developing the South Gippsland Landcare Network Koala Habitat Preservation Enhancement and Restoration Plan 20122015.
Ms Brack was involved in biolink planning and community engagement as part of the plan.
She developed a schools program about koalas in the Strzelecki Ranges and delivered it to primary schools in Poowong, Toora, Foster, Fish Creek and Tarwin Valley, as well as to two Leongatha kindergartens.
Ms Brack also designed a citizen science website, where people from across Gippsland could record their koala sightings. More than 150 sightings were logged over a four year period.
After growing up in rural New South Wales, she s...
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