New calculations reveal that the number of species on Earth is likely to be in the order of several million rather than 10’s of millions. The findings, from a University of Melbourne-led study, are based on a new method of estimating tropical insect species—the largest and one of the most difficult groups on the planet to study—having significant implications for conservation efforts.
Several survivors of the Holocaust now living in Melbourne, have met with director Harald Fuhrmann and student actors currently cast in the play Ghetto by Israeli writer Joshua Sobol, to explore the legacy of the Holocaust, and the story of the infamous Vilna Ghetto.
Recently, The Age reported in ‘DNA first gives hope on genetic diseases’ (see here)that research by Newcastle University in the UK had shown that embryos created with two mothers may offer a breakthrough that could eradicate a host of hereditary diseases.
Professor Gerry Simpson is the Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Military Law at the Melbourne Law School, and is a Professor of Public International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In this piece, he analyses how the 2010 British Election could unfold.You can read more about Professor Simpson at http://bit.ly/cWR9pj
Human rights and international law expert Professor Hilary Charlesworth, says that Australia's appointment to the UN Human Rights Council gives the country an opportunity to examine its own human rights record.