Rachel Williamson

Rachel Williamson

Rachel Williamson is a business and science journalist based in Melbourne.

  • Meet the meat: what are the planet’s prime carbon cuts?

    The coming UN Climate Change Summit will again question the climate credentials of the meat and l...

    The longed-for first bite of a delicious, expensive rib-eye is en route to your mouth when your teenager says: “You k...

    September 10, 2021
  • A new reality for those living with pain

    Virtual reality technology is showing great promise for the management of pain.

    Virtual reality (VR) is one of the next hot tickets in pain treatment. A lot of hope has been built into research on ...

    August 13, 2021
  • Age of water

    When you’re drinking a cool glass of water, have you ever wondered how old it is? Age dating wate...

    Australia is an ancient country, geologically speaking, and its groundwater aquifers reflect this: water in the Murra...

    July 23, 2021
  • Aww, rats: Australian research rodents prove to be poor earners

    Australia’s primary supplier of rodents for scientific research is closing down in a couple of ye...

    The most expensive rat on the menu at the Animal Resources Centre (ARC), in Western Australia, costs $872.13. The pri...

    July 9, 2021
  • Carbon offsets for flights: dinkum deal, or pie in the sky?

    Ever wondered where your trifling flight-offset payment goes? And whether the passenger in the ne...

    This article first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on 18 June 2021. For more stories like this, subscribe to Cosmos Weekly....

    June 25, 2021
  • Sex, money and absent fathers: it’s truffle season

    The unique flavour of the truffle makes it a culinary delicacy. But its mysterious life cycle con...

    FROM VISIONS OF RUSTIC Frenchmen stalking through misty forests in search of arboreal delicacies to the drama of haut...

    June 25, 2021
  • Carbon offsets for flights: dinkum deal, or pie in the sky?

    Ever wondered where your trifling flight-offset payment goes? And whether the passenger in the ne...

    Dream scenario: to celebrate Melbourne coming out of lockdown you manage to nab yourself an economy flight to the Sun...

    June 18, 2021
  • Stopwatches set for modern clinical trials

    Clinical trials – a notoriously long, risky and costly process – may be transformed by deep learn...

    It took a pandemic to familiarise the world with the concept of a clinical trial, but even COVID couldn’t make them s...

    April 30, 2021
  • Data dearth

    Access to clean big data could help us clear up a raft of COVID-19 questions.

    The data is in: children really are less susceptible to COVID-19, and more than 20% of US and UK residents are likely...

    February 12, 2021

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