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  Animals self regulate nutritional needs
Food Regulations: Many kinds of animals regulate their nutrient intake and the macro nutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) are really strong drivers of this foraging behaviour. Animals prefer different ratios of macro nutrients, such ratios varying between species. Sean Cougan, has just completed his PhD thesis from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney. Sean came from Canada where he was involved in studying what grizzly bears eat and its seasonality. His Australian studies focused on our White Ibis, which is a native species that moved into the cities inquite recent decades and is doing really well. Human food is a key part of why they are here so Sean wanted to see what they ate. Here he explains how bears and the ibis regulate their intake of macro nutrients.

  Sustainability means....
Can humanity achieve sustainable civilisations that balance the supply of resources of Earth with our demands? The only way we can extend our supply or reuse many of them is with the additional energy input from the sun. Can we work effectively to achieve this essential goal?

  Animal ethics or Critical thinking?
Many people have a misunderstanding about ethics that makes it uncomfortable for them to talk about ethics in general and animal ethics in particular. Many think their conclusions will be judged, which is not what ethics is about. It is not about telling people what to do. It is more about how to look at a situation before people make their own decision. Ethics is never black and white.

  Fur or feathers?
Hair, fur and feathers are important to mammals and birds and different selection pressures drove each.


  Left and right of the animal brain


  The Art of Science
In the Science Faculty at the University of Technology Sydney, Dr Lisa Roberts and colleagues are inspiring scientists and artists to foster connections to better address some of the pressing issues now facing humanity....especially climate change. By collaborating and merging art and science in their creative works, scientists and artists appreciate that both endeavours share many common highly creative attributes.

  Remote sensing - Earth surveyors in action
Professor Alfredo Huete, Professor of Plant Functional Biology and Climate Change at the University of Technology Sydney, takes a closer look at remote sensing and its uses. Remote sensing is done by cameras that may be in space or balloons, on mountains or towers or airplanes that observe and monitor a certain part of the earth’s surface. The accumulated images and pictures can then be interpreted, often after enhancement and then used for ecological, environmental or management purposes.

  Remote sensing - climate change and semi arid ecosystems
Dr Xuanlong Ma, Postdoctoral Fellow working in the Plant Functional Biology & Climate Change Cluster (C3) at the University of Technology Sydney, explains how remote sensing is being used to gather data about the impacts of climate change on Australia’s semi arid ecosystems.

  Eco-Schools arrives in Australia
Stacey Passey, from Keep Australia Beautiful National Association, outlines a new environmental initiative for Australian schools, Eco-Schools, one that builds on significant global success

  Eco-Schools in Australia: exciting progress from the first year
The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), based in Denmark, has been running Eco-Schools for 20 years overseas. Keep Australia Beautiful has taken on the role of being its service provider in Australia, now making the program available to Australian schools. Keep Britain Tidy and Keep Wales Tidy have been running the Eco-Schools program for over ten years and has been extremely successful with 80-100% of schools participating. Australian registrations were opened in May 2014, launching at Harrington Public School. Since then over 150 schools have registered covering some 50 local government areas across Australia. Stacey Passey, from Keep Australia Beautiful, looks at how the Eco-Schools program fared in its first year.

  Classroom chicken hatching activities
Of Crying Foul: Carole de Fraga, from the Australian Animal Ethics in Education Institute, discusses the ethical issues associated with a classroom activity based on watching chicken hatching. Classroom chicken hatching is an activity that is very engaging for schoolchildren, especially younger ones. Around Australia it is common in preparatory and primary schools and in high schools is part of agricultural studies. There are growing ethical concerns about the fate of the baby chicks at the end of the two week activity.

  The mysterious mollusc shell
Going from Strength to Strength The shell of the mollusc has preoccupied natural philosophers for centuries because of its unique symmetry, strength, functionality and beauty. The strength of the shell has puzzled scientists since it is mainly calcium carbonate, which has the same strength as glass. Yet the mollusc shell is five times stronger than the laws of physics apparently allow. Professor Michael Cortie, Director of the Institute of Nanoscale Technology at the University of Technology Sydney, gives us the hard facts about this unique natural wonder.

  The ancient Jellyfish
Jellyfish, which are closely related to corals, evolved over 500 million years ago. They all have cells that fire microscopic toxic harpoons when brushed against...a wonderful defence for such a slow moving animal but one that makes them unpopular with many people!

  A Degree of Sustainability
Professor Graham Pyke from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) co-founded a new environmental initiative, Sustainability Central, with Professor Paul Ehrlich from Stanford University and explains its importance.

  Animals in Ancient Egyptian Art
Dr Linda Evans, from the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University, draws on her experience with the depiction of animals and animal behaviour in ancient Egyptian tomb art and comes up with some surprising information about Egyptian knowledge in those areas. (New series commencing May 2013)

  Animals, People: a shared environment
Not the usual run of the mill, discipline specific scholarly conference ...this has something for everyone

  Red Sea Jewel
Marine conservation in the Red Sea

  Earth's last pristine ocean

  The Crystal Desert

  Populate and?/or? Perish (Series)
The vexed question of what constitutes an appropriate population goal for Australia

  Arthur White in search of fossils in New Zealand
Recent fossil finds help understand New Zealand’s unusual geological history.     

  The demise of horned turtles on Vanuatu

  Coping with natural disasters

  Abalone and metal pollution
  28 million and rising - Australia's feral pig problem

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