Rob Payne

Rob Payne

Journalist

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.

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.

Thursday, 28 January 2016 06:00

Empty trucks increase accident risk

HEAVY vehicle drivers with an empty load are two-and-a-half times more likely to crash than those carrying freight.

AS SOUTH West residents count the cost of last week’s devastating bushfires Murdoch University scientists are working on a model to help predict future bushfire threats in the region.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 06:00

Science busts heat exercise myths

DRINKING excessive amounts of water before exercising and drenching your clothes are myths that local researchers suggest Perth athletes ditch this summer.

WHILE they may be the stuff of vampiric nightmares, bats play a vital role in Australian ecosystems.

Thursday, 17 December 2015 06:00

Autistic workers and bosses differ on support

CURTIN University researchers are testing a system to enable employers to identify ways to best accommodate workers living with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

THE idea of young West Australians sitting down and playing on their xbox or PlayStation may seem harmless but experts warn young online gamers run the risk of being radicalised.

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 06:00

Wi-Fi devices goldmine for investigators

TIMELY access to Wi-Fi devices at crime scenes could provide police with vital evidence, including placing suspects at the location.

WA WINE producers appear to be lagging behind their South Australian counterparts in implementing climate change strategies, although research suggests this isn’t going to adversely affect the quality of local wines.

Saturday, 05 December 2015 06:00

Hit fitness goals with half the work-out time

SIX ONE-MINUTE sprints up Jacob’s Ladder in King’s Park can be just as beneficial as 45 minutes of regular jogging, research suggests.

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