Interview with Joanne Manaster – a multipassionate scientist

Joanne Manaster is a cell and molecular biology lecturer at the University of Illinois. She currently works as an online course developer and lecturer of science courses for the School of Integrative Biology. Prior to this current position, Joanne has taught histology, cell biology, and tissue engineering laboratories to biology and bioengineering students for nearly 20 …

Interview: Simon Phipps, a computer scientist and open source advocate

One could call Simon Phipps a real eclectic geek, having in mind his background and activism globally: from campaigning for digital liberties, open data, open source software and political transparency, through his columns at InfoWorld to presidenting at the Open Source Initiative. Simon studied electronic engineering at the University of Southampton, after which he worked …

What is Big Data, and why it matters?

In the past few years you probably read everywhere about the “new big thing ” – the big data promise, opportunities, challenges, etc. What is actually big data? A new concept, a social media buzzword, or maybe something else? The first mention of “big data” term happened in 1997 in the Application-Controlled Demand Paging for Out-of-Core …

A Secret Code to the Cosmos is Hidden in the Light

Are you watching the new Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey – the scientific documentary television series? I am, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it! The series is a follow-up to the 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl Sagan. The all new Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey science documentary consists of thirteen episodes …

International Conference on Digital Discrimination and Social Networks Online

Recently, I had a chance to attend and participate at the ICUD International Conference: Digital Discrimination and Social Networks that took place takes on March 13 and 14, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. The ICUD Project aims to Creatively Unveil hidden forms of Discrimination on the Internet, especially on social network sites such as Facebook, and …

The Highlights of 2013

This year our writers churned out a host of fantastic articles, including a series of posts dedicated to women in space, written by Sharon Harnett. One of the most notable of the series was all about Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman astronaut. This year was the 50th anniversary of her historic spaceflight. We also had …

The Best of Australian Science: November 2013

It is time to recount November’s highlights, the most read and interesting articles from the month in the fields of science, education, internet technologies, biology, environment, health, among others. If you are interested in science blogging and contributing to Australian Science – contact us and check out the Editor’s note. Stay curious and scientifically passionate! I hope …

The Best of Australian Science: October 2013

It’s been a long October which brought many exciting, interesting and controversial events in the science online community. Starting with the good news as Peter Higgs was awarded Nobel Prize in Physics, then some not-so-good news surrounding Urban Scientist Danielle Lee and her terrible experience with (now former) editor at biology online – explained more …

The Best of Australian Science: September 2013

It’s the time of the month once more, when we look back and and remind ourselves of September’s variety of science and technology stories, news and articles covering space,  health, biology, physics, education, and more. We hope you’ll enjoy these stories. Stay curious and scientifically passionate! The Ten Hallmarks of Cancer by Buddhini Samarasinghe In 2002, …