Snapshot Issue10.18

01 Breakthrough

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Space roadmap aims for the moon

Space has always intrigued humankind. Through the ages we’ve been compelled to study and observe our own solar system. Over time, our thirst for knowledge about our Universe hasn’t diminished – in fact, it has propelled us forward to today where the global space industry is booming, estimated to be worth around $US345 billion. We’ve just released a Space Industry Roadmap that encourages Australia’s growing domestic space sector to join with international partners in adopting a bold challenge. How can we provide the technological expertise to help to establish a human base on the Moon?

02 Research

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Sea turtles at risk

Sure, it might not seem like a breakthrough - we all know how damaging marine plastics are to sea life. But like everything in science we don’t work on assumptions – we need the cold hard facts to inform possible solutions. It’s been estimated that eight million metric tonnes of plastic winds up in the ocean annually. Our work shows that a turtle has a twenty-two percent chance of dying if it eats even just one piece of plastic.

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Future of health

Australians are among the healthiest and longest living people on the planet. Yet we still manage to spend an average of 11 years of our lives in ill health. So how do we fix that? Our Future of Health report shows how we can use emerging technologies to move from treating illness to preventing much of it from occurring in the first place. We want to take care of our health now so that we don't get sick later.

03 Discoveries

04 People

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Our star in space science

As the United Nations' World Space Week wraps up we'd like to introduce our very own international space star, Dr Sarah Pearce. Having worked on some of the world’s largest research infrastructure projects - including the CERN's Large Hadron Collider - Sarah’s attention is now focused on growing Australia’s future in space. And Sarah isn't afraid of a challenge: she's taken on not one but three space-themed roles with us.

JOBS

Rodent ecologists wanted

This is an exciting opportunity for an early career, highly motivated research scientist with skills in rodent ecology to join our Invasive Animals Team. Among other things, you will be expected to undertake field-based research (including experimental design and data analysis) to deliver on project-related outputs, and devise strategy and assume scientific responsibility for research and interpreting results to deliver on project-related outputs.

AI role an easy decision

We're looking for a highly motivated and dynamic Postdoctoral Fellow to work on developing AI specifically designed to deliver interpretable and explainable solutions to environmental decision problems. The successful candidate will join the Conservation Decisions team, with duties including testing the performance of algorithms in human-operated systems and undertaking regular reviews of relevant literature and patents.

05 Participate

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Bee-friendly gardens

There is very little research about native bees which means we don’t know how their populations are tracking. In fact, there are only three species that have an official conservation status currently. But we do know how important all bee populations are to healthy ecosystems. So as springtime springs, we've compiled a few hints to help make your garden native bee-friendly. Give it a buzz.

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How to keep your guts healthy

Your gastrointestinal tract is one of the most important (and complex) parts of your body. You probably know it performs the essential role of digesting and absorbing the nutrients you need to survive, but you might not be aware it is also responsible for regulating hormones, and it has a strong interaction with your immune system. Keeping it in top shape isn't just gut instinct.

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