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Strictly Embargoed until 12.01am Friday June 26 - AIHW REPORT: MORE AUSTRALIANS TREATED FOR ALCOHOL USE THAN ANY OTHER DRUG
Alcohol is the most common drug of concern for clients of publicly funded specialist alcohol and other drug treatment services, according to a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).  The report, Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2018­–19, provides information on just under 220,000 closed treatment episodes provided to an estimated 137,000 clients of publicly funded specialist alcohol and other drug treatment services.
 

DIY ‘THE DISH’ – AUSSIE BACKYARD SCIENCE NETWORK
Across Australia, people are bringing the universe to their own backyards by building radio telescopes out of cardboard, cooking oil cans, bits of pipe and tinfoil (among other things).  It’s a case of a DIY ‘The Dish’ for less than $100, as Aussies join a citizen science project that aims to spread its wings even further.
 



BATS - THE ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM
It’s fair to say bats have not been getting a lot of good PR lately.  But these extraordinary creatures may hold many of the secrets we need to unlock about COVID-19, given their own immunity.   What’s more, a study into the exceedingly long lifespan of a particular bat is shedding new light on broader health issues confronting humanity.
 

WHY YOUR LIFE IS NOW A MATHS EQUATION - THE ‘MODELLING’ OF OUR COVID-19 NEW NORMAL
Our lives and our liberties are effectively being controlled by a maths equation, and will continue to be impacted by such ‘modelling’ for the foreseeable future.  What people may not realise is that the basis for such modelling has its origins in a malaria outbreak of the 1800s, through to sophisticated car crash stress-testing in the early 2000s.