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A-*sigh*-ment time? Make it a little easier for everyone

I’ve just spent the last fortnight, in between my own studies, marking first year assignments. At times, I’ve seriously wondered about the future of Australian science, but then one wonderfully written piece arrives on my desk and I stop trying to design drinking games (a student wrote something unintentionally rude because they didn’t proofread – one drink). I feel like I need some particular comments on a rubber stamp, I had to say them so often. So from a tutor who isn’t quite so bitter and twisted yet, I’d like to offer my general advice as the end of semester approaches.

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by | May 22, 2013 · 8:23 am

Ruby View: Why do we wax on, wax off?

bathroom pinupNext week, I’m going to a friend’s wedding. I’ve got my pretty dress, shoes, and I’m planning how I’ll do my hair. Oh, and I’ll be getting my legs waxed. All 5 months’ worth of growth.

Not undertaking any kind of hair removal on my legs this summer wasn’t any kind of feminazi protest against today’s beauty standards. And I certainly have been showing off my calves regardless – it’s been far too hot to shy away from my sundresses. And look, I have to be honest, my friends do get a little jealous that my leg fuzz is fair and thin – I’ve been waxing and epilating since I was 14, slowly destroying the hair follicles each time I rip the hairs from their roots. But when I put it like that, I do start to question why girls do what we do – why is it that hairy legs on a girl is considered gross? Continue reading


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Leads for Learning – A Short Guide to Some Scientific Sources


This week heralds my official return to uni for the year, and my progression from regular student to HONOURS student. What does that mean? Apart from the new privilege of being able to borrow books from university libraries other than my own, it means that this year I am in charge of my own learning, and am completing a research project that will culminate in a fat thesis at the end of the year.

But where does a science researcher get their information from? Sure, they learn plenty from their own experiments and studies, but there’s no point reinventing the wheel – we try and build upon the work of other researchers. When scientists make findings, they will publish them in an academic journal for other scientists to see and evaluate and then use in their own work. But let me tell you, these papers can be super dry and a bit arduous – and that’s even if you do understand all the technical terms. So if you’re not a passionate expert in a particular scientific field but want to see some legitimate science, where can you go? Here are a few suggestions….

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Life in Technicolour: a rainbow of emotions

Inspiration comes from many places. Today’s article comes from somewhere in between Valentine’s Day making me reflect on things that make me happy, my recent run in The Color Run (recently reviewed by Penny) and the fact that I moved house last week.

Valentine's gift. Spoilt.

Valentine’s gift. Spoilt.

So what do my red rose, purple-stained scalp and new, rainbow lounge have in common? The red rose makes me feel loved. The purple hair reminds me of the look I had going last weekend and makes me feel happy. The bright cushions on our lounge make our new apartment feel like a fun place. All of these colours make me feel some emotion – so what’s going on?

Colour itself is our brain’s reaction to light of different wavelengths hitting our eyes. Think about a rainbow – it shows off all of the colours that the human eye can see. Violet has the shortest wavelengths (the distance from the peak of one wave to the peak of the next), then as the waves of light get progressively longer, we go through the spectrum of blue, green, yellow, orange and red with the longest wavelengths. As the light enters the eye, it hits various, specialised receptors in the retina which then send signals to your brain which are interpreted as different colours. Continue reading

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