Wilson da Silva
Wilson da Silva is a science journalist in Sydney | www.wilsondasilva.com | https://bit.ly/3kIF1SO
Neil Armstrong and the Rebirth of a Dream
WHAT DO YOU ask a man who walked on the Moon, and has never been able to live it down? All because he happened to be the first human being to set foot on another world?
Back From Extinction: The ‘Jurassic Pines’
IT HAS BEEN CALLED the botanical find of a century: a lonely stand of conifers, the last of their kind and thought to have been extinct for aeons — until three bushwalkers came across them one sunny winter afternoon.
Louis Pasteur: Portrait Artist Turned Medical Giant
LOUIS PASTEUR never really wanted to study science: in fact, he had long harboured the dream of being an artist. Yet he went on to change medical and veterinary science, his experiments establishing the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurisation and revolutionising the way disease was treated.
Holocaust Survivor, Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist ... and Playwright
FOR A HANDFUL of the world’s best scientists — those suffering from nobelomania– October can be a tense month. That’s when, annually and over a three-day period, a small number are named as the exalted masters of their discipline — winners of the three science Nobel Prizes. First, Physics is announced, then Chemistry, and lastly, Physiology or Medicine.
Space Shuttle: Final Flight of a Legend
IF HUMANITY HAS a beachhead to the stars, this is it: Cape Canaveral. This sandy promontory, jutting out into the Atlantic from a barrier island on the midway point of Florida’s eastern coast, is the site of most of the manned space launches in human history.
How Lasers and Wi-Fi Were Born – Thanks to Cosmology
WHERE DO WE come from? How did we get here? They are questions which have been asked as long as there have been people. And answering them has given us not only valuable insights, but created great technologies along the way.
Japan Fights an Aging Population With Nanotech
JAPAN FACES a perfect storm: falling birth rates, an ageing population and a stagnant economy — a harbinger of what the rest of the developed world will confront. But those challenges are the catalyst for a determined push to extend working lives and outflank chronic disease, and nanomedicine is central to the effort.
Quantum Warriors: New Weapons from Spooky Physics
EVEN WARFARE is going quantum: in Australia, researchers have started plying the subatomic realm for a range of possible defence applications that might well help the nation capture, or at least maintain, regional superiority in the sky, land and sea.