Health advances, policy and ageing populations

Every day 150,000 people around the world die. The biggest killer is aging, killing around 100,000 people every day. Up to 90% of deaths in developed countries occur due to age and age-related diseases.

Broadly, the causes of aging are well characterised and understood. One of the pioneers in discovering one cause is an Australian, Elizabeth Blackburn who won a Nobel Prize for her discovery of telomerase. Telomerase replaces a short section of DNA that is lost every time that a cell divides. If it is absent, eventually cells reach their Hayflick limit and the cells stop dividing. Telomerase is necessary to prevent cancer, which is basically cells that divide without ever stopping. The slowing of the action of telomerase over time is one cause of aging. 

 

 

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Hans Willink: Let's put scientists and engineers in parliament

Ordinary Tasmanians deserve extraordinary and smart politicians to fight for them. Scientists and engineers that are smart enough to understand and deal with the complex technological and social challenges that lie ahead, like finding real solutions to climate change without wrecking the economy and a faster, cheaper and more reliable Internet.

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Hans Willink, candidate for the Senate in Tasmania.

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Science Party startup policy pays the rent

Science Party cofounder and Leader, Dr James Jansson, announced the Science Party Startup Policy today. The policy includes a basic income for startup founders, new startup coworking space funding and grants for early stage startups for office space. It also includes new measures for consumer protection, and better tools for the Bureau of Statistics and Tax Office to collect information about the success of startups.

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James Jansson, Science Party Leader and NSW Senate Candidate

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Eve Slavich: Why I'm running for the Science Party in the NSW Senate

I am Eve Slavich and I am running for the NSW Senate for the Science Party.  I was prodded into politics by despair that those in power often seem to neither respect science nor understand the value of money spent on science and research. I believe these industries will provide us with future prosperity.

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The Greens want a sugar tax: the GST proves it won't work

Science Party is all about evidence-based policy. Today the Greens suggested that Australia put a 20% tax on sugar. There's only one problem: we know it won't work. 

When the GST was introduced, it put a 10% tax on non-fresh food: effectively a tax on unhealthy food and beverages. We've had a fat/sugar tax since 1999, and what has happened? Australia got more overweight and had more diabetes. 

Here's us getting more diabetes:

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The Libs' #faketradie shows they are out of touch with voters’ priorities

The “Fake Tradie” video that has surfaced is rather funny. The tradie (who the Liberal Party says is a real businessperson) complains about the injustice about to be handed to his bank by a Labor government.

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Flux: an interesting model, but needs more thought

You may have heard about Flux, a new political party that promises to bring direct democracy to Australia through a blockchain solution.

The solution is similar to parties like Senator Online, now known as Online Direct Democracy, but with a couple of key differences. Firstly, the blockchain element of Flux gives certainty about how the vote is cast. Secondly, and most importantly, the Flux system allows people to trade votes. So people may trade their votes on the TPP for votes on the great barrier reef. 

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An anti-science party could get elected by mistake. Help stop them.

We need your help to spread the word here, everyone. A party with dangerous policies and a misleading name has snagged the first position on the Senate ballot in NSW, and might become your Senate representative thanks to donkey votes.

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Science Party/Cyclist Party score a strong left-hand position

The Science Party has pulled a strong left-hand position at number 9 (column I) at the NSW senate ballot draw today.
The Science Party/Cyclist Party ticket is one of the longest on the ballot with 4 candidates. Other parties with longer tickets include Greens, Labor, Liberal and CDP with 12 each. Socialist Alliance also has 4 candidates.
The position is slightly to the right of the Liberals at position 6.
The prominent position and long ticket will likely increase the total number of votes Science receives on election day.

Children deserve the best available healthcare and that includes vaccination

A group of anti-vaccine campaigners has been seeking comment from Australian political parties on policies that encourage vaccination.

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