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Pacific Islanders Sail 11,000km to Deliver Message of Ocean Protection

November 19th, 2014 · No Comments · News

To a master traditional navigator like Tua Pittman from Raratonga in the Cook Islands, a canoe is much more than just a means of transport. “The canoe is our island, the crew members are the community and the navigator is the leader,” Pittman says. He continues, explaining that the converse is also true. “An island […]

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What Lies Beneath: Google Goes Below Surface to Show Sydney Marine Sites

November 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments · News

By James Woodford At lunchtime on Friday, with the click of a mouse on Google Street View, the entire world will be able to see what lies beneath the surface of 10 of Sydney’s most iconic marine locations. The Catlin Seaview Survey, a collaboration between an array of global partners including the University of Queensland, […]

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Great Barrier Reef: ‘a massive chemistry experiment gone wrong’

October 10th, 2014 · No Comments · News

Scientists warn that pollution may be dramatically increasing the rate of ocean acidification in inshore areas, threatening coral: http://gu.com/p/42b7x

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Searching For Life on Earth

October 2nd, 2014 · No Comments · News

I remember once being at the Tollgate Islands, offshore from Batemans Bay with Royal Botanic Gardens seaweed expert, Dr Alan Millar, as he emerged from a scuba dive holding a grab bag of specimens that he wanted to investigate. Once he had taken out his regulator and emerged from the waters of the Batemans Marine […]

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Trash Safari: Cleaning Up the Coast

September 25th, 2014 · No Comments · News

Fighting cigarettes, on the beaches and in the dunes…This week two young surfers, Nat Woods and Daniel Smith, set off on the Trash Safari – a journey that started at Sunshine Beach in Queensland. They are the founders of the Clean Coast Collective and believe passionately that no-one should walk past litter on the coast…Over […]

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The Inter-Planetary Cosmic Egg Yolk Better Known As The Transit of Venus

June 6th, 2012 · 4 Comments · News

On my bike,  on my way to work I passed a couple with a homemade telescope out the front of their house in Townsville and they invited me to look at the Transit of Venus…I was skeptical but then made out the disk of Venus in front of the North Queensland Sun and was stunned…I […]

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a fANTaSEA: A tale of the planet’s only swimming ant

May 17th, 2012 · 1 Comment · News

A story first broadcast on ABC North Queensland

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North Queensland: Tornado One Day, Toad Day the Next

March 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment · News

     

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Lost Beach B(u)oy Found in North Queensland

September 16th, 2010 · 1 Comment · News

I have been doing a bit of writing for the Australian Institute of Marine Science and came across this story… A valuable seismometer buoy, deployed three years ago in an ocean trench, more than five kilometres deep, north of New Zealand, has been found washed up on a North Queensland beach. Seismometers measure the movement […]

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Marine Parks: locking in the future

April 28th, 2010 · 9 Comments · News

This week two of the nation’s leading fish scientists, Professor David Booth and Dr Will Figueira, representing the Australian Marine Sciences Association, gave evidence to the NSW Parliament on marine parks…here is an edited extract of their submission. Despite the claims by many critics of marine parks, there is at this point, overwhelming evidence that […]

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