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.

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.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 10:00

Self-doubt hampers disaster preparation efforts

PEOPLE who are indecisive rather than anxious are more likely to be under-prepared for disasters, such as bushfires, according to a recent study.

A SURVEY of metal concentrations in 253 food and beverages commonly eaten by Western Australians has turned up mixed results.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 10:00

Oral health improves via education

BETTER integration with primary health care, community outreach programs and culturally appropriate family and community programs could improve Indigenous dental health in Western Australia, research suggests.

Saturday, 10 January 2015 06:00

Missing electrons the secret to mine metal

RESEARCHERS have advanced the quest to understand how one of Australia and the world’s largest zinc and lead mining deposits was formed.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:00

Local company powers up with food waste

GARDEN products company Richgro is using Western Australian food waste to power their operations in a new zero-waste system.

Monday, 17 November 2014 10:00

Black bream reflects Swan River decline

THE GROWTH and body condition of black bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri) in the Swan River Estuary have declined significantly during the last 20 years, Murdoch University research contends.

Saturday, 17 January 2015 06:00

Ex-offenders not using mental health services

EX-OFFENDERS in Western Australia may not be seeking out or receiving the mental health services they need, research suggests.

A TOOL to help athletes consistently and reliably measure their level of post-performance exhaustion has been developed by Murdoch University researchers.

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