Celebrating science and inspiring the next generation of scientists

Last week in Australia was National Science Week, a nation-wide celebration of science and technology via three key pathways. Pathway one is to inspire the general public to be involved in science – creating new knowledge – through engaging activities such as Citizen Science. This year’s Citizen Scientists are identifying Australian wildlife that are featured […]

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The deadly selfie game – the thrill to end all thrills | The Conversation

[SB] This post by Amanda du Preez (University of Pretoria) originally appeared on The Conversation Africa on May 18 2016, and is republished in its entirety under a Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives licence.  According to the popular press it was more likely in 2015 for a person to die while taking a selfie than to be killed […]

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The academic publishing process: A lesson in antifragility

Image: Mosaico Trabajos Hércules (M.A.N. Madrid) 02 by Luis García under CC BY SA 2.0 “Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let […]

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Concussion in sport: Changing the “Culture”

  Photo by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 [SB] Concussion remains the current hot topic in sports injury prevention. Injury Prevention has published many an article on the topic, including the recent An examination of concussion education programmes: a scoping review methodology. I have blogged about this here too. I have invited Dr Johna Register-Mihalik (follow her […]

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Fatality Free Friday | Road Safety | Australia

Today is #FatalityFreeFriday. Lets aim for ZERO #fatalities every day #roadsafety #TowardsZero pic.twitter.com/g47E00aFEh — CARRS-Q (@CARRS_Q) May 26, 2016 Fatality Free Friday is an initiative that started in Australia in 2007, and the campaign has continued to expand its operation and is now recognised as Australia’s only national community based road safety program. Road safety is […]

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I love a sunburnt country

I received an email this week from a friend and colleague, alerting me to a report recently released by the Royal Flying Doctor Service:  The Royal Flying Doctor Service: Responding to injuries in remote and rural Australia. The reports on falls, burns, poisonings, transport accidents, workplace injuries, drownings, self-harm and assault, with Australians living in remote and […]

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