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.

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.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 06:00

Think less, do more for food safety

THINKING less may be the best way to avoid foodborne illness, new research suggests.

SEMI-structured interviews with community members who are taking antipsychotic medication for mental health problems have added to growing concerns about how the drugs are administered, their effectiveness against placebo and the severity of their side-effects.

RESIDENTS of master-planned housing estates believe security and a sense of community are vital in maintaining their mental health, according to new research.

Thursday, 29 January 2015 06:00

Stirling Range flora nears extinction

THE soil-borne water mould Phytophthora cinnamomi (dieback) has rendered unique vegetation on the peaks of the Stirling Ranges in the Great Southern to the point of being critically endangered.

Saturday, 24 January 2015 06:00

Naughty food photos attract more attention

RESEARCHERS have discovered a quirk in how we pay attention to food.

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