RECENT: Climatological observing windows error

temp1996-300x296The timing of the 24-h observing window occasionally affects the determination of daily extrema through a mischaracterization of the diurnal minima and by extension can lead to errors in determining daily mean temperature.

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An Examination of the Medicinal Potential of Pittosporum phylliraeoides: Toxicity, Antibacterial and Antifungal Activities

Pittosporum phylliraeoides is an endemic Australian plant historically used as a medicinal agent by indigenous Australians. P. phylliraeoides solvent extracts were tested for antibacterial and antifungal activities and toxicity in vitro. 

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CSIRO chief calls for better ”bang for buck” on scientific investment

Australia currently ranks 81st in the world in innovation efficiency – the return gained on investment in scientific research.

CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall. Photo: Supplied
“If that was a team sport ranking we would be outraged,” Dr Marshall said. “We’re an incredibly inventive nation and we are capable of doing so much better.”

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Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t (Rockefeller Habits 2.0), Verne Harnish –

I have read a lot of business books, literally thousands, and I would put this book in my top 10 for sure. There are many, many absolutely superb books on business strategy, leadership, high performance teams, company culture and such but this is a rare book that not only addresses these core elements of running a successful business but also has the specific “how to” workshops necessary to put these critical ideas into action. This is perhaps the single best book I’ve ever seen that clearly lays out precisely what the management team must do to lead their entire company through multiple growth phases. Verne Harnish is considered one of the most widely respected business growth experts in the world and this book proves why he has that reputation. I have now read, and re-read “Scaling Up” three times cover-to-cover and have recommended it to dozens of my clients. In my opinion this is a “must read” book if you want to understand how to grow your business with discipline and build a sustainably successful organization. I give this book my highest possible personal recommendation.

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