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.

ONLINE activism, such as adding your name to an avvaz.org campaign or liking a Facebook charity page, can be just as effective as traditional forms of activism.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL work at Fremantle Prison is helping illuminate significant differences in how early Swan River Colony administrators treated Aboriginal and Euro-Australian inmates.

PERTH and Fremantle should look to Europe for inspiration on how to become sustainable 21st-century cities, according to Fremantle Mayor and sustainability expert Brad Pettitt.

AS AN astronaut and Commander of the International Space Station (ISS), Colonel Chris Hadfield circled the Earth 4,600 times—and never grew tired of seeing Western Australia cresting the horizon.

EMERGENCY departments in WA will become busier over the next five years with the highest demand coming from older citizens, according to a recently tested forecast model.

THE discovery of a Boeing 777 flaperon on Reunion Island has vaulted Malaysian Airlines flight 370’s disappearance into world headlines again, but is intensive media interest bringing us closer to the truth?

Friday, 07 August 2015 10:00

Different tools to deal with medfly pest

RESEARCH has revealed a management technique involving sterilising the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) is a more cost effective alternative of eradicating the pest in the face of a looming pesticide ban.

LOADING caffeine and sodium phosphate has been shown to improve female athlete’s repeated-sprint abilities, even during periods of late-match fatigue.

Wednesday, 08 July 2015 10:00

Single lady bees load up on perfume

FEW species have a more harrowing mating experience than WA’s gladiatorial, ground-burrowing Dawson’s bee (Amegilla dawsoni).

EXTRACTIVE metallurgists from Murdoch University have discovered the dissolution mechanism for a mineral previously considered to be unrecoverable and discarded as waste.

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