Rob Payne

Rob Payne

Journalist

Hails from: Toronto, Canada.
 
Past life: Rob has written over 100 articles for Science Network 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 (now sadly defunct).
 
Favourite Science: I have a great admiration and interest in UWA’s Oceans Institute. The untapped potential of the world’s oceans is astonishing.
 
Evolving to: Currently doing a PhD and working on a new novel. 
 
Loves: The arts, reading, travel.

LOCAL researchers are calling for a greater role for Occupational Therapists (OTs) in end-of-life palliative care in Western Australia.

INDO-Pacific bottlenose dolphin deaths in WA have been linked to a new variant of cetacean morbillivirus (CeMV)—a virus related to the human measles and canine distemper viruses, according to research from the Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU).

WHILE almost all Australian outdoor workers use some form of sun protection, less than 10 per cent are fully protected against harmful solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR), says a new study.

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 06:05

Cyclones carry coral across WA reefs

NEW modelling suggests cyclones in WA’s north-west create conditions that allow coral larvae to rapidly travel distances between inland and mid-shelf reefs.

GENDER and level of ‘investment’ in social networking sites are more important than frequency of use when trying to understand how sites such as Facebook influence youth, according to Murdoch University researchers.

Monday, 17 March 2014 10:00

X-rays help map seed’s salt tolerance

RESEARCHERS have used flame photometry and electron microscopy’s full-spectrum X-ray mapping to reveal differences in salt uptake and distribution in the seeds of WA coastal plants.

A STUDY has found that medical staff regularly exposed to paediatric medical trauma, experience more symptoms of secondary traumatic stress than their counterparts, and that the problem is most acute for those under 25 years of age.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:00

Climate change key to megafauna deaths

AN ancient DNA specialist from Murdoch University has helped pinpoint the cause of mass extinctions of megafauna such as woolly rhinos, mammoth and other Ice Age mammals.

Monday, 17 February 2014 10:00

Dingo found as culprit to WA sheep decline

NEW research suggests that unless drastic action is taken to control dingo incursions, rangeland production of wool and sheep meat in Western Australia will disappear within 30 to 40 years.

A NEW study by Curtin University, The University of Western Australia and The Association for the Blind of Western Australia has found that hospitalisation rates for blind children are much higher than for their sighted peers.

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