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.
WA FRUIT growers could soon have one more weapon against the state’s most serious fruit fly pest, the medfly (Ceratitis capitata).
THE AUSSIE dream of a detached house and big backyard isn’t why Perthites are resistant to living in high-rise residential apartment blocks, research suggests.
WHILE people in a state of anxiety make more mistakes trying to recognise faces, they don’t show an increased ethnic bias, according to research which debunks a commonly-held belief.
ONG considered a minor disability, being colour-blind might offer some advantages in areas such as search and rescue and police forensics.
A TELETHON Kids Institute-led study has found low levels of plasma calcium, vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) and lutein—micronutrients found in foods like spinach and eggs—to be associated with DNA damage in children.
THE STRUCTURAL engineering principles used to build safe bridges could help prevent osteoarthritis in the knee, research suggests.
WHILE he’s usually fighting Perth’s crooks and thieves, over the past week WA police dog Rumble has been battling a mysterious infection resulting in seizures.
AUSTRALIAN aboriginals who use their own language at home are less likely to be obese than those who speak only English.
A CLINIC set up to improve rural and remote men’s access to prostate cancer testing and diagnosis has been deemed an overwhelming success.