Last post talked about the effects that the sex hormones oestrogen (females) and testosterone (males) have on attractiveness to the opposite sex. While the do have a major role in assisting our search for appropriate mates, there are other factors. Physical features The effects of sex hormones on facial features has already been described,… Continue reading Sexual attraction – Part 2
Sexual attraction – Part 1
Apologies for the late posting of this fortnight’s articles, I needed to wait for an embargo to lift prior to publishing. Finding a mate is one of the most important tasks for every organism which reproduces sexually. While people say they have different ‘tastes’ in an ideal mate, in fact there is a large amount… Continue reading Sexual attraction – Part 1
Thoughts of a former Chief Scientist
John Stocker, previously chairman of the CSIRO and now a private industry scientific advisor, served as Chief Scientist of Australia from 1996 to 1999. He provided his thoughts on the role of the Chief Scientist and the future of the position. “At the heart of the issue lies the need for the government to… Continue reading Thoughts of a former Chief Scientist
Who or what is a Chief Scientist?
Australia’s Chief Scientist, Penny Sackett, has made news recently by abruptly leaving her post. Last week marked her last days in the role, and her departure leaves the position vacant. However not many people realise that Australia has a Chief Scientist, and even less understand what role the Chief Scientist plays. The Chief Scientist… Continue reading Who or what is a Chief Scientist?