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.

PATIENTS exposed to understaffed nursing shifts have a significantly greater chance of suffering conditions such as surgical wound infections, pressure injuries, urinary tract infections and pneumonia.

Saturday, 21 March 2015 06:00

Doppler radar pitched for farmers

EXPANDED mobile phone coverage and the introduction of Doppler radar are being pushed to overcome critical shortcomings in WA farming regions.

HIGH body fat profiles in children as young as three years old provide clear links to the development of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) in adolescents.

THE MYRIAD challenges involved in animal groups sharing territory has been shown to be a key driver in the march towards higher intelligence in primates, including humans.

FIELD tests indicate the WA-invented 'Wesley Wheel' can improve water conservation in farm fields.

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 10:00

Facebook help a matter of timing

GETTING a response to a request for assistance on social media may have more to do with your request's timing than how many followers you have, research suggests.

RESEARCHERS at the Department of Agriculture and Food WA have shown low doses of microwave radiation can completely eradicate snail populations in localised areas.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:00

Hidden physics make fish glitter

A THEORY borrowed from physics to understand how electrons move in semiconductors may explain the silvery mirror-like appearance of many fish, recent research suggests.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 10:00

South coast bivalve count informs management

A THREE-year study conducted in the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park has provided comprehensive insights into large bivalves (molluscs).

Friday, 13 February 2015 06:00

Preterm infant hospitalisation tracked

THE chances of a preterm baby needing rehospitalisation decrease sharply five years after birth, and are similar to those born full-term once the individual has reached adolescence, according to recent research.

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