THE GREAT AUSSIE BUTTERFLY HUNT
Australians are being asked to join a national butterfly hunt, armed with their phones and a specially designed app, as we attempt to dramatically increase our understanding of these beautiful creatures.  Compared to other animals, such as birds, our knowledge of Australia’s butterflies is lagging well behind … but the citizen science campaign aims to change all that.  A report in the latest issue of leading science publication COSMOS outlines the aims of the ‘Butterflies Australia Project’ and explains how you can do your bit to help fill the many gaps we currently have.
 
WHEELS: HOLDEN KILLS OFF THE COMMODORE - EXPERT COMMENT AVAILABLE
The Holden Commodore is no more. Holden has confirmed that its most iconic nameplate – a car intrinsic to Australian culture since its introduction in 1978 – will be retired at the end of the year. The news comes as Holden revealed its 2020 portfolio will focus exclusively on SUVs and light commercial vehicles.



AUSTRALIA – GETTING LOST IN THE GREAT UNKNOWN - A RACE AGAINST TIME FOR OUR PRECIOUS FLORA AND FAUNA
It’s a mind boggling concept, but 70-percent of Australia’s flora and fauna remains unknown.  Last year 1,000 new species were named, but those on the frontline – the taxonomists – know that thousands more will vanish before they can find them.  It is a race against time, and one that matters to our economy and potentially our own health as individuals.  But unfortunately, taxonomists themselves are under threat.
 
 

THE 'BIG BANG” ABOUT FIREWORKS IN 2019
We are moving into the festive season and that means fireworks.  But the recent bushfires has seen a significant shift in our attitude towards the normally much-anticipated pyro blast of shock and awe.  As the debate continues about the appropriateness (as well as the need) of such celebrations, leading science magazine COSMOS has delved even further into the subject – explaining not only how they came to be invented, but the materials they use (not always environmentally friendly) to create the extraordinary displays that they do.