Save the Winton Wetlands sea-eagles in seven days

There are a gazillion conservation causes to donate to, but you don’t often get the chance to save two particular wild animals – let’s call them Seymour and Serena. They are a pair of white-bellied sea-eagles that nest at the Winton wetlands in north-east Victoria (a long way from the sea, despite their name). These wetlands are being restored (the biggestContinue reading “Save the Winton Wetlands sea-eagles in seven days”

Science on your skin

One of the young women who works at one of our local cafés has an equation tattooed on the front of her neck. It’s hard to read, a bit complicated – she said it’s the equation for Einstein’s theory of relativity. Personally, I’m not willing to go that far in order to communicate science (much to everyone’sContinue reading “Science on your skin”

David Crystal’s ‘Making a Point’ and a Q&A with editor and teacher Stephanie Holt: newsletter

This morning I sent out the December newsletter for Editors Victoria. It includes Louise Zedda-Sampson’s review of David Crystal’s new book on punctuation, Making a Point, and Paul Bugeja’s report back from Storyology 2015. Also, should editors charge like plumbers or panelbeaters? Dear Ed answers that tricky question. The whole newsletter is here.

Editing at Hepburn Springs, and a life science editing accreditation

The November Editors Victoria newsletter is out! Two days of editing in Hepburn Springs: what did those lucky editors learn at Redact? Reports on the three streams: manuscript editing with Nadine Davidoff, supercharging your business with Ilona Way and editing digital content with John Ryan. And the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS)Continue reading “Editing at Hepburn Springs, and a life science editing accreditation”

Review: Junkyard Planet

My review of Adam Minter’s Junkyard Planet:  travels in the billion-dollar trash trade is out on Science Book a Day today: Do you recycle? Separate out your paper, cans and labelled plastic from your landfill waste? Take your computer waste to a resource recovery centre? Go you! I do too, and every little bit helps,Continue reading “Review: Junkyard Planet”

Australia’s best science writing 2015

Australia’s best science writing 2015 If you’re in Sydney next Tuesday (27 Oct 2015), you could attend the launch of the Best Australian Science Writing 2015 anthology, edited by science journalist Bianca Nogrady. The winner of the $7000 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing will also be announced. More info and link to registration on the UNSW Science website.Continue reading “Australia’s best science writing 2015”

Citizen science: Deciphering old specimen notes for the Natural History Museum

Here’s another citizen science project – especially for those who have a good eye for old-fashioned handwriting. The Natural History Museum in London is being helped by online volunteers who are transcribing old hand-written descriptions of the 780,000+ bird specimens in their collection. Some of the records date back to the 1830s but they were being handwrittenContinue reading “Citizen science: Deciphering old specimen notes for the Natural History Museum”

Citizen science: measure 3D beak scans to help study bird evolution

From your computer you can help Uni of Sheffield, UK, scientists study the evolution of biological diversity in birds. They are looking at beaks, which say a lot about a bird’s ecological niche (think hummingbird, toucan or pelican). The help they are after is marking ‘landmarks’ on 3D scans of beaks from birds in museumContinue reading “Citizen science: measure 3D beak scans to help study bird evolution”

Science videoblog comp

Got a science story to tell? Make a short video about it and enter RiAus’s Video Blog Competition [update: old link removed]. They are after creative, inventive and entertaining stories. There’s a ‘how to videoblog’ instruction video on the competition website. Entries close 16 October – then the video entries will be up online forContinue reading “Science videoblog comp”

Editors Victoria September 2015 newsletter: a peek into textbook editing

I’ve just sent out the Editors Victoria September newsletter to members. And it’s online for all to see. This month we get a peek into text book editing with Sandra Duncanson, former teacher and now Senior Editor at Insight Publications, who has just released her first text book, English Year 10. And we see allContinue reading “Editors Victoria September 2015 newsletter: a peek into textbook editing”