Just as a team from the United Nations were flying into Australia at the behest of James Cook University Professor Terry Hughes – seeking to have the Great Barrier Reef’s world heritage status downgraded – Adjunct Associate Professor Adam Smith was … [Read more...] about John Brewer Reef – Back to Beige
Do Glaswegians Mostly Breathe Nitrogen?
I wonder how many of the approximately 30,000 ‘special’ people who are on their way to Glasgow for COP26 know that 78 per cent of the atmosphere is made-up of nitrogen. I asked this question of a group of retired professionals just yesterday and … [Read more...] about Do Glaswegians Mostly Breathe Nitrogen?
The Idea of Academic Freedom, Explained by Stone and Forrest*
Does the principle of academic freedom protect Australian academics who engage in pointed public criticism of their academic colleagues, and university governance? A case in the High Court this week provides a rare opportunity to consider academic … [Read more...] about The Idea of Academic Freedom, Explained by Stone and Forrest*
My Atheism Denies Hell, But Applauds Mary McKillop
MY late father told me not to admit that I was an atheist ... when I was preparing to appear on the ABC television program ‘Q&A’ back in October 2010. It was likely that Tony Jones would ask me a question about Mary McKillop being made a saint, … [Read more...] about My Atheism Denies Hell, But Applauds Mary McKillop
Unsettled Malcolm Roberts queries United Nation’s science
THERE is nothing new under the sun according to both the Bible and Shakespeare; and One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts would not purport to be the first to claim the atmosphere cools the surface of the earth that is warmed by the sun. He stated this … [Read more...] about Unsettled Malcolm Roberts queries United Nation’s science
Patrick Moore has Nothing New to Offer
HIS greatest claim to fame is that he co-founded Greenpeace. Not something I would be proud of. Of course, I’m referring to Patrick Moore. He is touring Australia at the moment and every other day I get a request from someone asking I promote the … [Read more...] about Patrick Moore has Nothing New to Offer