Author(s): Michael Slezak (Contribution by)
Would it be ethical to eat sentient aliens? What is the basis of differences between the sexes? Where do you find fossils of early multicellular life? Is there any hope for the Great Barrier Reef or Tasmanian forests in a warming climate? Were Aboriginal Australians the world's first astronomers? The Best Australian Science Writing 2017, now in its seventh year, draws on the knowledge and insight of Australia's brightest thinkers. From the potentially venomous future of medicine to the ecological knowledge available from large-scale, unreplicated natural experiments (LUNEs), this acclaimed anthology selects the best science writing from the past year, challenging perceptions of the world we think we know. With a foreword by Professor Emma Johnston, UNSW Dean of Science, this year's collection includes the best of Australia's science writing talent: Jo Chandler, Elmo Keep, Peter Singer, Bianca Nogrady, James Bradley, and many more.
Michael Slezak is a multi-award winning science and environment reporter. Since 2016 he has been reporting on environmental science and policy for the Guardian Australia. Before that he was the Australasian correspondent for New Scientist magazine, reporting on all aspects of science and its effect on the world. Prior to that, he was a medical journalist and also freelanced on a variety of topics for publications around the world. In 2017, Michael won the United Nations Associate of Australia award for reporting on climate change. In the Publishers' Australia Awards, he won article of the year, and was runner up for journalist of the year. He has received awards for reporting on cancer and has twice been a finalist for the Eureka Prize for Science Journalism.