Rob Payne

Rob Payne


Hails from: Toronto, Canada.
Past life: Rob has written over 100 articles for ScienceNetwork WA and has promoted WA science to local, national and international audiences through his work with Murdoch University. He is the author of five novels, editor of two anthologies of fiction and former editor of Quarry magazine in Canada.  
Favourite science: Rob has a great admiration and interest in UWA’s Oceans Institute. He believes the untapped potential of the world’s oceans is astonishing.
Loves: The arts, reading, travel.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 06:00

In-club drug checking floated for WA

EXAMINING recreational drugs via at-festival and in-club testing facilities may be safer for WA partygoers by letting them know what is actually in the drugs they are taking, according to local researchers.

A RESEARCHER out to debunk the long-held belief that mutating cells are the root cause of cancer took out the top prize at the WA final of FameLab last night.

GAME of Thrones season six premieres on Foxtel this weekend, and if the social media frenzy is anything to go by Australians’ enthusiasm for the show hasn’t waned.

Monday, 11 April 2016 06:00

WA climate ideal for new superfood

CAROB kibble, derived from locust bean, is being touted as a potential new nutritional superfood and one whose production is well-suited to WA’s climate.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 06:00

Bugs make ideal crime scene clues

IT MIGHT seem like an idea out of CSI: Las Vegas, but local forensic researchers have come up with a way of using blowflies to determine if someone has died via nicotine poisoning.

Friday, 25 March 2016 06:00

Work-family stress ongoing for mothers

IT WOULD not surprise many people to learn that being a new mum coupled with working is quite stressful but WA researchers have determined that this high stress level remains constant throughout the first eight years of their children’s lives.

A WA study has given mothers’ groups the thumbs-up for promoting community and well-being among Perth mums.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 10:00

Getting pre-schoolers into SHAPES

GIVING kindergarten teachers a little guidance and a lot of freedom seems to be the best way to get sedate pre-schoolers moving.

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 10:00

Tackling teen body image at home

IT IS no secret that body image impacts a large portion of West Australians, with eating disorders affecting an estimated 1 million Australians at the end of 2012.

RESEARCHERS have found teenage girls with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are three-times more likely to have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) than girls without PCOS.

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